Any regular Zath readers will know that we have given a lot of attention to the progress made in television services lately. What with new HD channels arriving on the scene on both Sky and Virgin as well as the Sky Player service being expanded there has been a lot to cover. But let’s not forget that Sky are not only major players in the television arena. Over the past few years they have expanded a few other services, perhaps most successfully their Sky Broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP) services.
Well now there is a new Sky Broadband service called “Sky Unlimited”. They claim it is now Britain’s best value broadband service and personally, I find it hard to argue with that when you consider that for just £7.50 a month, you can have unlimited 20Mb broadband with unlimited usage and no irritating fair use policy to keep an eye on – a package like that certainly sounds like what you’d look for in the best broadband provider on the market.
Of course, with this being Sky, you must be an existing Sky TV customer, with Sky Talk, to reap the benefits of this offer. Perhaps seen as a drawback to many, but the millions of customers who already have deals with Sky and live within one of the areas covered by Sky’s high-speed broadband service, it’s a welcome opportunity to upgrade a perhaps aging broadband connection in their home to something significantly better.
There is also another offer though for those who have less intensive needs on the web. Sky Everyday Lite is, remarkably, free for existing Sky Talk customers and offers up to 20Mb download speeds as well, the only restriction being with the 2Gb usage allowance per month. For those who enjoy browsing the web, but seldom feel the need to watch movies or download files in any great bulk, this is the perfect package.
The new services are only available to existing Sky customers, those who are signed up to Sky Talk in addition to Sky TV will have further reductions as those who are without the talk package will have to find an extra £5 a month. Meanwhile, Sky Broadband Connect will remain available for those who are outside of Sky’s high-speed network.
For those who eligible the two packages offer a high speed broadband connection for an extremely modest price. Delia Bushell, Sky’s Director of Broadband & Talk said upon the announcement of the new Broadband service…
“Sky is transforming the broadband marketplace again, by providing Britain’s best value up to 20Mb truly unlimited broadband service and the UK’s only free, up to 20Mb service. With these new products, our customers have a very simple choice to make based on how much they use the internet, with peace of mind that they are getting a high quality, reliable service. Unlike some other ISPs, Sky promises not to slow down the speed customers enjoy on its network at peak times, and in terms of usage, Sky’s unlimited service really means unlimited.”
There is a lot of emphasis within this announcement of how Sky stacks up against the competition. Not only do they mention the downfalls in the services other ISP’s provide, they also claim that in certain circumstances, there could be an incredible £209 a year saving to be made by adopting Sky as your ISP.
Depending on your current plans there will be several means of connecting or upgrading to the new packages. Some may happen automatically but the date remains constant throughout. On 1st June new customers will be eligible to sign up, but current Sky Broadband Base customers need not bother as you will be automatically upgraded to the Everyday Lite package. Sky Broadband Everyday customers will be given the option to upgrade to the Unlimited package from the same date, however the automatic upgrade will take place at the beginning of September.
What do you think to this? Does it sounds like a good deal to you? Is this the best broadband provider currently out there?
Current Special Offer – If you switch to Sky Broadband before the 31st May 2010, then you can get free up to 20Mb unlimited broadband for 6 months, with it only costing £10 a month after that.
If you want to find out more about Sky Broadband and what type of internet service you might expect to get from them, then be sure to take a look at the Sky Broadband website.