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    UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

    This is a discussion on UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50 within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; I already had this deal (well almost as good anyway) around 2 months ago when I dropped Sky TV, got ...

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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      I already had this deal (well almost as good anyway) around 2 months ago when I dropped Sky TV, got line rental + Sky Fibre for 25 quid a month for 12 months. Damn Sky are too shady with their pricing, must make lots of people feel really cheated.


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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      Interesting but "Offer not available to existing Sky Fibre customers."

      Just been surveying the FTTC pricing of Sky's "popular" competitors.

      Ignored the cost of call packages and any one-off joining discounts, and assuming that voice & data will both be switched to the new provider (giving free activation in all cases except BT Infinity 1 Unlimited which is 30), my conclusions are that:
      - Sky's SFUP is far too expensive at 30 per month for an "80/20" product.
      - Sky's SFU is over-priced at 20 per month for a "40/10" product.
      - PlusNet seems to be cheapest for a "40/10" product at 15.99 (TalkTalk is 13.50 but it's "40/2", BT Infinity 1 Unlimited is 23).
      - TalkTalk seems to be cheapest for an "80/20" product at 18.50 (PlusNet is 19.99, BT Infinity 2 is 26).

      Line rental is always cheaper when paid for 12 months in advance (compared to paying monthly):
      - Sky currently has no upfront line rental, it's 15.40 pay monthly.
      - PlusNet is 131.88 (equivalent to 10.99 per month) vs. 14.50 pay monthly.
      - TalkTalk is 141.00 (equivalent to 11.75 per month) vs. 15.95 pay monthly.
      - BT is also 141.00 (equivalent to 11.75 per month) vs. 15.99 pay monthly.

      Obviously there are some pros and cons (& reputations to consider) regarding switching to any of those other providers! I'll be thinking about those next...
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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      Tabulating the annual cost of fibre broadband from Sky, PN, TT & BT reveals how wide the pricing discrepancy is between the highest & lowest.

      First of all for an "80/20" product:

      VDSL2 80/20
      Sky
      BT
      PlusNet
      TalkTalk
      Line Rental
      184.80
      141.00
      131.88
      141.00
      Broadband
      360.00
      312.00
      239.88
      222.00
      TOTAL
      544.80
      453.00
      371.76
      363.00

      * No upfront LR



      And then for a "40/10" product:

      VDSL2 40/10
      Sky
      BT
      PlusNet
      TalkTalk
      Line Rental
      184.80
      141.00
      131.88
      141.00
      Broadband
      240.00
      276.00
      191.88
      162.00
      TOTAL
      424.80
      417.00
      323.76
      303.00

      * No upfront LR

      * BB is 40/2


      The considerations about who to switch to make it a tricky choice!

      PlusNet service is based on the BT WBC product. There have been some recent reports about bottlenecks on the BT Wholesale network, which may or may not have had consequential problems for ISPs whose service uses that product. PlusNet has a very good reputation for support (it's UK based and, form looking at their community, very hands on and responsive when it comes to sorting out customer problems). They seem to be doing a lot of marketing recently. Will customer growth be matched with capacity increases in a timely manner?

      TalkTalk is an LLU operator, like Sky. As far as I can determine, they seem to have a decent capacity private network. I know of at least one ISP that uses TT as one of their backhaul network operators (increasingly by choice it would seem). I did read one comment that suggested that backhaul network provision is abit skin of the teeth, but who knows! Not sure about support though. Their community seems quite vibrant and appears to be UK based (but is it really? Don't know!) Hard to judge the quality of it though by random sampling. My Dad has had ADSL BB from TT for several years and it's always been fine. Yet there are plenty of people who also say they wouldn't use them (again) - but that's what people say about most companies with whom they have had a bad experience, isn't it?

      BT. For some reason, I'm not very keen on them really - but I don't really know why. Again, vibrant community with knowledgeable mods and "experienced contributors", but I gather that official support is not in the UK. Random samples of interactions appear to be off-putting. I suppose that's OK as long as you never have any problems - but what if you do have a problem and you need support? The last thing you want is the runaround!

      SO, who to choose???
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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      Excellent work on the price comparison table.

      Even if Sky offered up front line rental, you are only looking at a 40 saving, which still makes Sky the most expensive still for 80/20 fibre, and by some margin.

      Maybe you should send your table to the chief exec of Sky along with some pressing questions.

      I for a long time have told Sky that they need to drop their prices, not offer 6 months of this or that, BUT lower their prices once and for all AND for EVERYONE!

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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      @BroadbandKing - yes I was looking at my notes, having been round and checked out all the prices, and it occurred to me that the pricing differentials are much more striking when expressed in a table and the costs are annualised.

      I have been expressing the same view on the Sky Community (both publicly and privately) without any response. Also agree with you about offers - any provider (ideally Sky) offering plain, lower pricing for both NEW & EXISTING customers (instead of over-complicated offers to make people churn from one provider to another) would undoubtedly make that provider the market leader by a mile in my opinion. Sky ceased to offer the Upfront Line Rental a few months ago. I have asked about whether or not it will return via the Sky Community management team, but no response.

      Perhaps I'll re-publish it on my blog page and then point a few relevant people at it!
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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      So looking at the table, talk talk is out with only 2 upload. Might as well ditch bt as the saving is nothing vs sky..... however should the table make note of free bt sports in which case bt looks more favourable. Plus net is clear winner on cost alone.

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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      Yes PlusNet is looking like it's ahead for me. I've ignored things like BT Sport, in order to keep it simple in terms of comparing the essential costs.

      I've put it on my blog page now: speedyriteblog so that I can reference it in further communications with anyone at Sky who might be prepared to listen! (So, with my "cynical viewpoint" hat on, that will probably be no-one )
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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      You know this of course but before you make a commitment to another ISP, call Sky, go through the "remove product" choice to get to retentions then ask naively what you need to do to move to another ISP. They seem to be offering all sorts of deals at the moment to keep customers. Though most times I believe Fibre doesn't normally get discounted, worth seeing what's changed with the recent marketing. As the website lets existing customers, despite the T&Cs on the page, have the 7.50/6months deal, I'm curious if you'll get that (or better) offered by retentions. 12.50 x 6 = 75 which gets Sky closer to Plusnet.

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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband to Drop Superfast Unlimited Fibre Price to GBP7.50

      I would be interested in the 6 months at 7.50 but I paid my annual line rental last October and I do not want to be tied into starting a new 12 month contact which will finish April 2015. With Sky not offering a 12 month up front line rental, I am better off seeing what is available in October, where I will no longer be tied to Sky.
      I can then move my phone and broadband or ask Sky what they can do.

      Mind you anyone not in a contract with Sky, no harm in giving Sky a ring.......

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      Yes I feel a phone call coming on! However previous discussions around this subject about a year ago yielded nothing (but eventually got a 6 month discount courtesy of a contact).
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