The acquisition and transfer of O2 customers to the Sky brand is hardly news, but it appears that the migration letters have started going out to customers of O2. These letters will set out the individual offer for each customer, and as circumstances such as whether a voice line rental customer or an existing Sky TV customer will vary then some people may get better offers than others.
In the one example we have seen an old O2 Home Broadband customer who was paying £9.50 per month to O2 previously has been offered a broadband only service for £9/month for the next 12 months, after this special offer period the standard price being £15/month. The £15 is made up of Sky Unlimited Broadband at £7.50 per month, £2.50 for not having Sky TV and another £5 for having the voice line rental with another provider.
The closest price wise among the medium to large providers to this price is PlusNet who will supply unlimited broadband for £12.49/month if you want to keep your voice line rental with a third party provider.
Our understanding of the move is that if you have your voice line rental via O2, that this will be moved to the Sky fully unbundled platform by default. If you want to remain on the WLR product, when you get your letter you should get in touch with Sky via the contact details on your letter to discuss your options. We believe connection to a WLR+SMPF service will be possible, but it is likely the 12 month offer may not be so attractive.
For those chasing the cheapest voice line rental only deals they will probably want to take a look at people like Primus (line rental for £11.39/month) and the Post Office (£12/month). Another option if happy to pay 12 months in advance is to opt for one of the line rental saver deals by paying the next years line rental in one go, which usually has the advantage of making you immune to line rental price rises for the period.