Competition in the mobile phone market is increasing as Sky has launched its first range of mobile phone contracts.
The provider uses O2’s network and offers mobile deals alongside its existing broadband, home phone and TV packages.
Research conducted by Sky suggests almost 20-million smartphone users pay for more data than they actually use each month, while it adds that mobile users are looking for more flexible contracts.
Its launch packages offer SIM-only contracts of 1GB for £10 a month, 3GB for £15 a month and 5GB for £20 a month. The unusual quirk is that customers can roll over any unused data for up to three years.
If you’re a Sky TV customer, all plans include unlimited inclusive calls to UK landlines (01, 02 and 03) and UK mobile numbers (07), as well as unlimited inclusive texts to UK mobiles.
However, non-Sky TV customers either have to pay an extra £10 a month for unlimited calls, or pay for these on a ‘Pay As You Use (PAYU) basis.
All deals come with a 12-month contract but users will be able to move between packages each month if they wish.
Sky Mobile is just offering SIM-only deals at launch but it plans to distribute handsets from Apple and Samsung later in the year.
So how does the new Sky range compare to the competition?
The SIM-only mobile market is highly competitive and there are many options available for consumers.
Talkmobile, for example, currently offers a 2GB plan with 1,000 minutes and 5,000 texts for a cheaper £7.50 per month, subject to a 12-month contract.
For those looking for a larger data allowance, Three has an 8GB data package with 600 minutes and unlimited texts for £13 per month – also for 12 months.
Sky’s deals are also considerably more expensive if you’re not a Sky TV customer.
If you’re planning to switch, use a mobile comparison site, such as Billmonitor.com, to ensure you’re getting the best deal for your typical usage.