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Sky Mobile 4G Coverage and Network Summary

21st March 2017

Sky Mobile Network

Sky Mobile is an MVNO which uses O2’s infrastructure. That means wherever O2 has signal Sky Mobile does too, which currently means 4G coverage for over 78% of the UK population.

You can expect those figures to grow rapidly, but coverage isn’t the main reason to pick Sky Mobile, as the network aims to stand out by offering roll over data – meaning that it you don’t use all your data one month you can add it to a future month, for up to three years.

The network also allows you to change between tariffs each month, even if you’re locked in to a contract. And if you’re already a Sky customer you can get a discount on plans.

Pros

Cons

Data roll over

Low data limits

Flexible plans

No inclusive roaming

Low cost for Sky TV customers

No Pay Monthly or Pay As You Go

Our Rating

Coverage

Sky Mobile has widespread 2G and 3G coverage. It’s 4G coverage isn’t quite as comprehensive, and is a little behind EE and Vodafone offering just 78% coverage compared to its rivals with 97% and 88% respectively, but that still means you can get 4G in most locations.

Network Type Coverage by population
4G  78%
3G 98%
2G 99%

Use Sky’s coverage checker below to find out more about Sky 4G coverage in your area, including signal strengths and details on both indoor and outdoor coverage.

4G from O2 and by extension Sky Mobile is now available in well over 6000 UK towns, cities and villages.

The major towns and cities include but are not limited to: Antrim, Bradford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bridgend, Brighton, Burnley, Castleford, Coleraine, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Liverpool, Livingston, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, London, Macclesfield, Newtownabbey, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Pontypool, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, St Albans, Sittingbourne, Southampton and Tamworth.

Recent locations to get an O2 (and by extension Sky Mobile) 4G upgrade include: Callington, Wick, Crediton, Swimbridge, Hallbankgate and Aberchirder.

Network Speeds and Frequencies

Sky Mobile uses standard 4G, which is roughly 5 times faster than a typical 3G network. The network’s average 4G download speed is 18.48Mbit/sec, while its average 4G upload speed is 9.40Mbit/sec.

That’s not quite as fast as some rivals, but it’s still very quick, and is enough for smooth streaming, downloading and web browsing on your phone, so you can work and play wherever you are.

  • Average Download Speed: 18.48 Mbit/sec
  • Average Upload Speed: 9.40 Mbit/sec

As an O2 MVNO, Sky Mobile uses just the 800MHz band for 4G, where some networks use two or three different bands.

That makes it a bit limited, but it’s a good band to be limited to, as the 800MHz band is long range, so it can travel a long way between base stations, making it suited to rural environments.

And it’s also good at penetrating walls and buildings, making it great for built up areas as well, and ensuring strong coverage both indoors and out.

You can find in depth details of this band and others in our 4G frequencies guide.

  • 800MHz used for 4G
  • 900MHz used for 2G/3G
  • 1800MHz used for 2G
  • 2100 MHz used for 3G

Plans

Sky Mobile currently offers just a small number of SIM Only plans, detailed below. All plans come with 4G at no extra cost. All plans also allow you to roll over any unused data from one month to the next. There’s no limit to how much you can roll over, and you can store it for up to 3 years.

Pay Monthly Phone Plans

Sky Mobile doesn’t currently offer any Pay Monthly plans, but it will do in future.

SIM Only Plans

Tethering

Yes

Max Data Allowance

5GB

Contract Length

12 Months

Sky Mobile’s SIM Only plans come with a choice of 1GB, 3GB or 5GB of data. The basic price you pay (of £10, £15 and £20 respectively) is just for that data, but if you’re a Sky TV customer you get unlimited calls and texts as well for free.

If you’re not you can pay an additional £10 per month for unlimited calls and texts, or only pay for what you use, at a rate of 10p per minute and 10p per text.

You can also tether on Sky Mobile, using as much of your data for it as you want.

Plans all last 12 months, but you can switch between them every 30 days if you need more or less data.

Data Only Plans – For Tablets and Dongles

Sky Mobile doesn’t currently offer any plans built specifically for data.

Pay As You Go

Sky Mobile doesn’t currently offer any Pay As You Go services.

Sky Mobile Roaming Destinations

Sky Mobile doesn’t currently offer any cheap or inclusive roaming on any of its plans.

Conclusion

Sky Mobile feels mostly built for Sky TV customers, giving you a huge saving on calls and texts if you subscribe to both.

However, it’s worth considering even if you get your entertainment elsewhere, as being able to roll over an unlimited amount of data is a big selling point that few networks can match. Being able to change your plan every month also makes Sky Mobile very flexible, however a lack of plans, low data limits and no inclusive roaming holds it back.

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