Sky is currently selling its superfast Sky Fibre product at the low price of free for the first six months of an 18 month contract.
This FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet)-based service gives you unlimited downloads with no traffic shaping, download speeds of up to 38Mbps and normally costs £20/month.
This will save you £120 off the first year of your contract. Line rental, charged at £15.40/month still applies, but that’s all you’d be paying for the first third of your contract.
There’s a one off £30 fee for activation and a £20 connection charge if you don’t have a compatible line. Other than that, there’s a £6.95 charge for the Sky Hub wireless router.
With one-off fees totalling £56.95 the total first year cost of this contract works out at £361.75. The total cost for the full 18 months works out at £574.15.
The deal also comes with the basic Sky Talk Weekends service which gives you unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines (01, 02, 03 and 0870).
For those who want to throw Sky TV into the mix as well, Sky is still running a Sky Sports promotion where you can get free or cheaper Sky broadband.
This sees Sky Sports subscribers qualifying for either two year’s free regular ADSL broadband (up to 17Mbps) or a year of Sky Fibre Unlimited (up to 38Mbps) at the discounted rate of £10/month for the first year. Read our feature on this for the full breakdown.
One final note on upload speeds for Sky Fibre Unlimited; Sky doesn’t list upload speeds on its site but as with most FTTC-based services of this type, you should be able to get up to 9Mbps. As it’s FTTC, the actual speeds you’ll get depend greatly on the distance between your house and the green Openreach street cabinet.
Unless you’re already connected to FTTC broadband on BT’s Openreach network it’s tricky to gauge what your actual speeds will be. The further away you are from the cabinet the slower your download speed will be, just as ADSL slows down the further away your house is from the telephone exchange.
BT has pledged to upgrade its postcode checker with more precise cabinet and postcode information soon so we ought to be able to guess what speeds we’ll be able to get with services like Sky Fibre. Read our feature on FTTC for a better idea of the proximity to cabinet: download speed ratio.