The broadcaster Sky announced details for their new mobile phone service, Sky Mobile today.
The new service will offer subscribers with a range of plans over flexible monthly payment plans that provide users with decent amounts of data for low payments, with the ability to roll over unused data each month for up to three years.
The new data plans include:
- 1GB for £10 per month
- 3GB for £15 per month
- 5GB for £20 per month
Sky say that 46,000 people have already pre-registered for the service, which will mean that Sky will join BT in the “quad play” providing market, as they are now offering broadband, television, fixed-line telephone services, and a mobile service.
Existing Sky TV customers will get their plans with calls and texts for free, and with access to their favourite shows from playlists on their mobile. That feature is called Sync, which allows users to sync their home TV planner with their phones over Sky Go and even download them for offline viewing, technically giving you free access to the Sky Go Extra service. At first, Sky+ users will be the only ones to be able to use this, however, Sky Q users will get access to it some time after.
Non-Sky TV customers will be able to add-on unlimited calls and texts for £10 a month, or they can pay for calls and texts on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Probably the most interesting feature of this plan is the rollover of unused data. Sky says that UK consumers use less than half of the mobile data that they are paying for, resulting in £2bn of wasted data according to the company, with their service, you will be able to use this unused data for up to 3 years, that’s pretty awesome, however, you can only cash-in 1GB of data at a time.
Stephen van Rooyen, UK and Ireland Sky chief executive, said the following about it:
“We felt it was time to shake up the mobile market and give customers a completely new way to manage their mobile plan.
“We’ve designed it based on what people told us they want – it’s easy, flexible and transparent and it puts the customer in control.”
That all said, Sky does require you to sign a 12-month contract, so grabbing this plan does mean that you are tied to Sky for quite some time.
If you are interested, you can pre-register for Sky Mobile today, the first people to do so will get their SIM before Christmas, and it is set to be rolled out across the UK in mid-January.