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    Sky broadband

    Hi all. I'm thinking about changing my broadband supplier and I'm looking to save some money (so I can get Sky). I'm currently with BT and paying around £36 per month with line rental. As I said I'm also looking at getting Sky entertainment and noticed that they do broadband as well and I can combine the two and get 'unlimited' ( I know it's not really unlimited) broadband, Sky entertainment and line rental for around £42.

    Now my question is does anyone else here do this and is Sky broadband any good? I'm not after blistering performance as I don't do online gaming or lots of downloading but I've heard it's not great BUT it does look cheap

    Cheers

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    I am able to do online gaming on US server, download a few games from steam and upload files to dropbox...and maintain an 80-100ping.

    Only once had an issue and was refunded for the equivalent downtime.

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    I have that exact package and it's fine. We pay about £36 a month normally (good deal on signup worked out better than the half price for 6 months crap) although due to massive delays and having me properly diagnose a line issue for them/BT we actually pay just over 28 a month including everything (sky+ hd with entertainment pack, unlimited broadband (its less limited than other "unlimited" products!), speed and reliability is good. My average gaming ping if that matters (although will vary massively) is 35 to 50 to anywhere in the EU

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    I have £30 a month Sky Fibre Unlimited Pro. 89mbps down/20 mbps up on an average day. Often download from usenet, watch NFL HD stream and play online game at the same time

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Hi all. I'm thinking about changing my broadband supplier and I'm looking to save some money (so I can get Sky). I'm currently with BT and paying around £36 per month with line rental. As I said I'm also looking at getting Sky entertainment and noticed that they do broadband as well and I can combine the two and get 'unlimited' ( I know it's not really unlimited) broadband, Sky entertainment and line rental for around £42.

    Now my question is does anyone else here do this and is Sky broadband any good? I'm not after blistering performance as I don't do online gaming or lots of downloading but I've heard it's not great BUT it does look cheap

    Cheers
    @cookie_monster I've got Sky Broadband and pay about that same as what you are looking at. Never had any problems with it. Speed has always been good

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    We switched from dire BT service to Sky. We went the whole hog and switched the phone line rental as well as the Broadband.

    The transfer was very easy. A patchy 0.75 Meg line became stable 3.5 Meg instantly (standard ADSL is rubbish here) The wifi signal on our router's pretty rubbish and you can't use your own, but we got round that with Devolo homeplug.

    I'll be upgrading to superfast shortly now we have it available.

    Oh... and the free wifi from The Cloud is pretty handy too
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    Hmm cheers all. I'm tempted to move phone, broadband and get Sky all in one. I was just worried that there might be issues with the quality of Sky BB but it sounds ok from what i see here, the service and quality from BT hasn't been anything to write home about though so I can't loose out that badly.

    The Sky router does have some ethernet ports doesn't it? Any idea if the Sky wireless will have a similar range to the BT Home hub 2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Hmm cheers all. I'm tempted to move phone, broadband and get Sky all in one. I was just worried that there might be issues with the quality of Sky BB but it sounds ok from what i see here, the service and quality from BT hasn't been anything to write home about though so I can't loose out that badly.

    The Sky router does have some ethernet ports doesn't it?
    Yes. Mine has 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    The wifi signal on our router's pretty rubbish and you can't use your own, but we got round that with Devolo homeplug.
    I use my own router on my Sky Broadband. I just asked them for the username and password via the webchat and they gave it to me. I did tell them that I worked in IT Support and deal with ASDL lines at work, so I did now what I was doing!

    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Hmm cheers all. I'm tempted to move phone, broadband and get Sky all in one. I was just worried that there might be issues with the quality of Sky BB but it sounds ok from what i see here, the service and quality from BT hasn't been anything to write home about though so I can't loose out that badly.

    The Sky router does have some ethernet ports doesn't it? Any idea if the Sky wireless will have a similar range to the BT Home hub 2?
    Yeah the sky router I got at first had 4 ports. Signal on my sky router wasn't bad but the Belkin I am using instead is better!

    We moved phone and broadband over to Sky from BT as well. Support from Sky has been great (had problems with harassment calls, they got number changed with no problem).
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    Well thanks all I think I'm going to dive in

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    It should be noted BT Infinity (what Sky uses, as well as others) isn't available in all parts of the UK yet. Virgin Media is more available at the moment, but BT are quickly catching up. If you visit samknows, this gives you a good idea what's available in your area.

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    I would also make sure that sky has their equipment in your local exchange. If not your speed will drop at peak times, happened to me and I had to move away from them. Was struggling to get 1Mbps after 5pm

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    How can I check that Kenny_G?


    I take it the £43 isn't a 12 month offer, is that about the price it will continue to be other than standard price increases?


    Oh just seen your post Michael cheers


    Just looked and the local exchange has Sky Broadband listed and:
    BT Wholesale ADSL
    BT Wholesale ADSL Max
    BT Wholesale WBC (21CN)
    BT Wholesale SDSL
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    How can I check that Kenny_G?
    If you look on the Sam Knows link above it will say if it has equipment in the exchange.

    Will look like this
    Sky broadband-samknows.jpg

    EDIT: just seen that you have listed it in the above post when I was typing my post!
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    (I see you're probably made your mind up however here's my input)

    There's a lot of hate for Sky broadband on the Internet but it's been excellent for me so far:

    - Very easy setup and a painless switch over.
    - Free Internet for 12 months (thank you very much!) and then £7.50 there on.
    - Broadband speed has doubled from 6 down to 12 down / 1 up. Considering I live in the sticks this is rather pleasing.
    - I've been downloading 200gb+ for the last few months (not sure how much others have been downloading but it'll be a lot as well) and no snotty emails / phone calls from Sky.

    Worth doing especially as my Broadband costs have gone from £35 with Eclipse to £0

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