Sky’s mobile phone service is now available to new customers, with a range of SIM only plans and a neat data rollover scheme that lets you stash as much unused data as you like.
Before today Sky Mobile was solely available to existing Sky customers who already take TV or broadband from the broadcaster and telecomms giant.
Want to know more? Head to our breezy guide to Sky Mobile.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of the service, which is based on O2’s network, is the so-called Roll feature.
As the name suggests, this is a data rollover scheme. But it’s one with a difference.
Unlike rival networks, which only let you roll over unused data from one month to the next, Sky Mobile’s Roll allows you to stash all the data you don’t use and store it in a piggybank.
There’s no limit to how much data you can keep and it’s yours to use whenever you need it for up to three years.
There are three SIM only contracts to choose from and you're free to change the one you're signed up to whenever you like. These are priced £10, £15 and £20 per month for existing Sky customers and new customers and get you monthly allowances of 1GB, 3GB and 5GB respectively.
If you’re an existing customer, all three contracts include free unlimited texts and calls. If you’re not, though, you don’t get any sort of calls and text allowance and pay for them on a pay as you go basis.
However, there is the option to pay an extra monthly charge of £10 per month for unlimited allowances of SMS and calls.
The other key differentiator with Sky Mobile is that existing TV customers can access recordings on their Sky Planner from their phone, with a new feature dubbed Sync.
The wider launch of Sky Mobile comes as the company revealed that nearly 20 million UK smartphone owners consciously buy more data than they need because they’re scared of being overcharged.
Of these, 72% lose around 1GB of their allowance every month, according to Sky.
Stephen van Rooyen, UK and Ireland Chief Executive at Sky, said: “Right now mobile contracts are inflexible and confusing and we all know people are buying more data than they need to avoid those extra charges.
“With Sky Mobile we’ve provided the solution, offering flexibility and great value so our customers’ unused data will be theirs to keep and they can create a plan that’s right for them, month to month.
“And there’s even more benefits for Sky TV customers with free UK calls and texts, plus the ability to sync with their Sky+ box.”
Want to know even more? We take a no-stone-left-unturned look at Sky Moible in our thoroughly comprehensive FAQ.