Updated : 5th December, 2016
Introduction to Sky Mobile 4G
Sky Mobile is a new MVNO which uses O2’s infrastructure. That means wherever O2 has signal Sky Mobile does too, which currently means 4G coverage for over 70% of the UK population. Or, to use OpenSignal’s figures, O2 (and by extension Sky Mobile) customers should be able to get a 4G signal 55.97% of the time.
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 rollover 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.
Sky Mobile 4G Network Overview
Types of 4G from Sky Mobile:
- Standard 4G – Typically 5 times faster than a standard 3G network
4G from Sky Mobile uses the following network frequency:
- 800 MHz (0.8 GHz)
Find out more about 4G frequencies in the UK here.
Sky Mobile has access to the same spectrum bands as O2, which means it relies on the 800 MHz one. This band can travel over long distances, making it well suited to rural locations. But it can also penetrate walls and other objects, so it’s strong in cities too.
Sky Mobile 4G Coverage
Sky Mobile 4G is available wherever O2 4G is found, which currently means over 6000 UK towns, cities and villages. As such, chances are that wherever you are, you’ll be able to get a Sky Mobile 4G signal, especially if you’re in a larger town or city.
4G from O2 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 4G (and by extension a Sky Mobile 4G) upgrade include:
Sky Mobile hasn’t yet confirmed what if any cheap or inclusive data roaming options will be offered.