Sky’s slashed the price of its up to 38Mbps Sky Fibre service, normally £10/month, down to nothing in its latest deal.
The only thing customers will pay for in the first year is line rental, currently charged at £16.40/month, and a £6.95 delivery charge for the optional Sky Hub wireless router.
Sky Fibre is Sky’s entry-level superfast package – it comes with a 25GB usage cap but there’s no traffic shaping or peak time management. After the first year, the normal price of £10/month applies – but as Sky Fibre contracts are 12 months long, you’re not obliged to hang around.
Customers who want a superfast service with unlimited downloads can sign up for Sky Fibre Unlimited, which is currently £10/month for the first year, plus line rental, and £20/month after that.
Lyssa McGowan, Director, Sky Broadband comments: “We know there are lots of people who would like to try superfast speeds but are put off by the high prices charged by some providers. With this ground-breaking offer, we’re making Sky Fibre even more accessible. Now superfast broadband is genuinely for everyone.”
The deal is a shot across the bows for market leader BT, whose cheapest superfast service BT Infinity 1 comes with a 20GB cap and costs £9.75/month plus £16.99/month for line rental and £35 for connection.
TalkTalk’s nearest equivalent compares a little more favourably; TalkTalk Fibre is an unlimited service costing £10/month for the first 12 months after which it’s £15/month. Line rental is charged at £16.70/month and there’s a £50 connection charge.
There’s a £50 activation fee for Sky Fibre and a £30 charge for Sky FIbre Unlimited.
All of these superfast services uses BT’s Openreach network and FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) technology, meaning that the top download speed you’ll actually get depends greatly on the distance between the green street cabinet and your house.