This allows you to get a massive 18GB of data for £10/month and 45GB of data for £15/month. Sky will launch its own mobile service next year and it’ll use O2’s network to reach punters. Around 99% of the population can get 4G and 3G coverage on either network. Our data usage was consistently below how much our plan gave us, so we found we were stacking up more and more data each month, which Sky show you in your online account, like a bank statement: It's easy to manage your Piggybank. Useful link: Full help guide on Sky's WiFi calling, "Not having 4G calling will put Sky at a disadvantage to O2 in some people's eyes. Although Sky claim you can move from WiFi to 4G calling mid-call, this didn't work in any of our tests. Please check your inbox for our email. Here's what we found. On any Sky Mobile plan, big or small, phone or SIM, you can watch all of Sky's TV, film and news apps without it using up your mobile data. Here are the differences. Their 16.95 - 18.00 Mbps results seem accurate. Sky Mobile is piggy backing on O2 for the time being, but it seems inevitable that Sky will at some point in the future start using its own network. ✔ Set your limit between £0 and £100How to set a cap. They offer free EU roaming as standard in these 30 countries using your plan’s inclusive minutes, texts and data. Sky Mobile customers get full access to identical 4G, 3G and 2G coverage to being on O2 directly. Sky Mobile have always used O2's network and have just signed a long-term deal to use them in future too. More. Sky Mobile have always used O2's network and have just signed a long-term deal to use them in future too. O2's owner Telefónica UK will give Sky … The benefit of that is you can play with the amounts to get a monthly and upfront payment you're happy with. Everything worked very slickly without any manual input. One nice extra network feature on O2 is that you'll get free automatic access to O2 WiFi hotspots around the country. More. Vodafone’s Total Rollover works on a monthly basis, meaning rolled over data will expire in 30 calendar days. "The overall package you get with Sky Mobile is among the best on the UK market, thanks to a winning combination of network competence, added-value benefits, pricing and customer service. We also think Sky's benefit of unlimited streaming data to watch the Sky Go on any plan will help people get the most out of the new model's OLED screen too. And WiFi calling did not work. O2 is usually a little cheaper than EEfor similar plans. Sky Mobile are fairly obviously owned by Sky. 5G on all networks is still in the very early stages. This will help us constantly improve our content. That'd add up fast on a two-week trip. Discussion in 'Mobile Phones Forum' started by spikeyjac, Mar 15, 2016. Close the navigation menu Sign in Sky home page © 2020 Sky UK You can't get a pay monthly plan with data rollover on O2. The Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) from your previous O2 network. Over half a million O2 and BE broadband (part of O2) and home phone customers officially became Sky customers on 1 May, so MoneySavingExpert.com breaks down what this really means for you. And like O2, there's quite a few compatibility issues with Android phones (iPhones should be ok). Mobile operator O2 and broadband giant Virgin Media are to merge, creating one of the UK's largest entertainment and telecoms firms and a major rival to BT. Choose an option to skip to the right section: Here are the latest promotions on SIM only or phone contracts. Horses for courses. Sky boasts 99% coverage on its 4G network across the UK, and is currently working on increasing this figure. Sky Mobile only offers unlimited calls and texts free for all customers. For calls and texts, we find you'd basically have to be up a mountain or in a valley not to have any signal on Sky Mobile. We think that should cover most people's basics while they're away on a temporary trip, although it doesn't go as far as the winners of our best mobile network for roaming rankings. Useful link: Read O2's guide to their Custom Plans. Please check your inbox for our email. You can also exchange it for discounts off phones and tablets. We took our Sky SIM card away with us within the EU. And they're good at keeping you up to date with billing, direct debit and changes to your service via SMS text messaging. Like with 2G/3G/4G, Sky and O2 have 5G in the exact-same locations (75 and growing). The other main difference is you can get more data with O2 than Sky. Is Sky Mobile slower than being on O2 directy? The total you pay for the device is usually around 2% to 20% higher than buying outright from the manufacturer. Think about your route to work/school or places you regularly travel to away from large towns. Sky Mobile review: Coverage and connection speeds. Compared to other networks, Sky Mobile isn't the most optimal for regular tethering. This helps us understand which topics people find interesting, to write more articles about them. With its use of the O2 network, Sky offers a competitive level of coverage. You're not going to be able to use it download massive files particularly quickly. I have read about the new sky mobile and as a sky tv customer I will be entitled to free unlimited calls and txts. We use them to make our website easier to use. Thirdly, you might be able to get more for your phone by selling to another 2nd hand retailer or privately. Cookies are small text files that are saved on your computer when you visit some websites. You can accept these tracking cookies or choose to block them. Sky Mobile is a virtual provider, which means it uses another providers' infrastructure – in this case O2's. O2 Pay As You Go Christmas Offer. Useful link: See Sky's range of tablets here, ✔ Sky are middle of the pack for complaintsRead Ofcom's report. This shouldn't be confused with regular Pay As You Go (paying for mobile deals up front). That's lower than other networks but didn't particularly feel like a huge problem. Useful link: How to get free Sky WiFi access on Sky Mobile, Not as good as:BT Mobile, Virgin Mobile, O2, Three, EE, Vodafone, ✔ Tethering's allowed on Sky MobileRead full terms. Read full privacy policy. And their signal is particularly good at getting into buildings to avoid indoor blackspots. Both Sky & O2 LLU provide a quality service. Since the '80s, O2 has been handling not just its own customers but those of its Telefonica stablemates, Giffgaff and Tesco Mobile, not to mention Sky Mobile and Lycamobile. Useful link: See latest O2 Big Bundle prices, "Sky's data rollover lasts longer than O2's and comes on pay monthly plans, which more people will be interested in than pay as you go. O2 have now added more flexibility too through their Custom Plans. BT Mobile offer BT Sport App access on selected plans. Sky Mobile's hosts O2 are rapidly rolling out their 5G network and you can benefit from this on Sky too, with a 5G-addon for any of their SIM only plans and compatible phone contracts (5g-ready models). We don't expect Sky Mobile ever to launch pay as you go themselves. The easiest way to check Sky Mobile’s coverage in your area is by using Sky Mobile’s online coverage map. In the UK, Sky Mobile uses O2 as their network coverage provider. Until the 30th December 2020, O2 is offering triple data on their £10 and £15 Pay As You Go bundles. When you take out a phone contract on O2 directly, most models are offered on their Refresh tariffs, which split your deal into a credit agreement (loan) for the cost of the phone, and a monthly usage tariff for your minutes, texts and data. Further flung travellers might be better off with a network like Three. As a minimum on O2, every pay monthly phone or SIM only contract includes inclusive EU roaming, where you can use your plan's minutes, texts and data in these countries for no extra cost. When providers say they have 5G in a city, it still means select locations within that place (use their 5G coverage checkers for a street-by-street view). This helps us understand which topics people find interesting, to write more articles about them. It comes even on the very cheapest SIM only plans with only 1GB/2GB themselves (typically around £6 a month). Do O2 or Sky Mobile have better smartphone deals? Ofcom are the government's regulator for the telecoms industry. Are there coverage differences between Sky Mobile and O2? If you mainly take holidays in the EU, you're fine. read our guide to the best mobile networks for roaming here, See all Sky Mobile roaming costs and charges, manage up to 5 plans on one single account, BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Vodafone, EE, Three, O2, you do get data to stream their TV apps though, Vodafone offer a choice of a NOW TV, Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium, here’s how much you’ll pay on Sky Mobile, the government regulator Ofcom have changed the rules, requirements to get accepted for a Sky Mobile smartphone deal, Read more to see if Swap is right for you, They do have a small range of tablets here. Ok, we will not track your page views as you move around any part of the SIM Sherpa website. Sky Mobile have both WiFi calling (make/take calls over WiFi) and 4G calling (uses 4G for calls, which is normally just used for data). With Sky Mobile, you can enjoy unlimited streaming of Sky apps without using your data. Useful link: O2's guide to their unlimited data tariffs, "Getting unlimited streaming data on even the very cheapest SIM only plans on Sky is something O2 don't get close to, where you have to buy a top-range plan for unlimited data". Useful link: See costs for going over your data limit on Sky, ✔ Watch Sky TV apps without using dataRead full details. Sky are keen to push their Swap benefit on phones. O2 is the principal commercial brand of Telefónica, headquartered in Spain and operating globally. The most important thing is to know what Sky Mobile is like in the areas you actually use your phone. It was rare to get any higher or lower. Check their help article here to see if yours is supported before you join. But you're allowed to do it as much as you like on Sky Mobile at no extra cost (unless you go over your data limit). With Sky Mobile, the 12-month SIM-only contracts start from £10 a month for 1GB of 4G … As an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) Sky leases mobile spectrum from O2, so anywhere there is an O2 4G signal you will be able to use 4G data on your Sky Mobile … Thanks, we'll send that out now. spikeyjac, Mar 15, 2016 #1. spikeyjac. Three vs O2 2021: Coverage, speeds & customer benefits of two of the UK’s largest networks in 2020 Three & O2 are two of the big four operators in the UK which operate their own mobile networks. You can get it on select O2 top-end model phone contracts. EE vs Vodafone vs O2 vs Three - One network just beat its rivals but who comes out on top? What happens is that Sky offer to buy back your phone off you. There's nothing similar to Sky's streaming benefit on O2 (see our guide to all other networks with free data for streaming or social media schemes here). Sky doesn’t operate its own network but, like Tesco Mobile, iD Mobile and others, runs a virtual network over O2’s infrastructure. It's free to access for anyone who registers. These providers are referred to as 'MVNOs' or mobile virtual network providers, and include the likes of Sky Mobile, BT Mobile and Virgin Mobile, to name but three. Reading the news, checking social media and other basic day-to-day internet usage were all perfectly fine over 4G. They’re a safe pair of hands when it comes to their actual mobile network, with excellent coverage and even extras like 5G, WiFi calling and 4G calling, although lacklustre data speeds do let them down. There's a bit of typical lag you see over mobile networks where images on websites take a second or two extra to load. The Sky Mobile network will ‘piggyback’ off the O2 signal, so customers use the O2 masts to connect. Even though Sky's 2G and 3G signal is good for getting indoors, it can still be handy to have extra calling technology to boost signal when you're inside, because blackspots happen on all networks. The retailers featured on this page may compensate us when our readers follow links to their websites and make a purchase. Sky also split your phone contract into two parts: a finance agreement for the phone, and a usage plan for your minutes, texts and data. But we still recommend using either networks' coverage checkers below to test signal away from where you live. As of May 2020, 5G SIMs are available from BT, Mobile, EE, Vodafone, O2 and Sky Mobile. Doing this really only has one benefit currently. Sky will launch its own mobile service next year and it’ll use O2’s network to reach punters. If not Sky will be. Useful link: What difference having 5G will make, Not as good as:EE, Three, Vodafone(and other providers that use these), ✔ The supported device list isn't hugeSee supported phones. Then if you ever run out one month, you just take data out again 1GB at a time. Sky Mobile and O2 have reported service issues in Grimsby. We've not really experienced any problems that need solving on Sky. ", 1) Excellent UK coverage2) Unlimited Sky TV app streaming3) Keep mobile data you haven't used, 1) Slower than average 4G speeds2) Patchy WiFi calling support3) No free Sky TV content, ✔ 5G, 4G, 3G, 2G coverage✔ Data speeds✔ WiFi calling / 4G calling✔ Tethering✔ Free WiFi hotspots✔ WiFi calling, ✔ Unlimited streaming options✔ Data rollover scheme✔ Inclusive EU roaming✖ Shared family plans✖ Free entertainment content✔ Spending caps, ✔ Special offers✔ SIM only plans✔ Phone contracts✖ Pay As You Go✖ Mobile broadband, ✔ Sky's map predicts indoor and outdoor coverage Check signal here. 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