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    MSE Martin
    Sky Loophole!! TV, broadband and phone for 6/mth
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    • 4th Mar 08, 1:24 PM
    Sky Loophole!! TV, broadband and phone for 6/mth 4th Mar 08 at 1:24 PM

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    Update 11 March 2008: Offer still open, but less promoted. This offer is still available, but being less promoted, my suspicion is Sky is trying to level off demand; not a problem though as you can still get it.

    What's the deal?

    Until the end of March, new customers who sign up to a Sky package via a special cashback website can get £150 cashback on the deal.

    Taking this into account, those who have BT landlines can get a year's basic TV package (including installation) plus broadband (depending where you live see later), and free evening & weekend calls for a total of £72 (the equivalent of £6/month). Considering most cheap broadband packages by themselves cost £10/month, this is a ridiculously cheap deal.

    You can also get higher level TV packages and still get the cashback.

    How this cashback deal works

    Cashback sites are specialist 'advertising' websites that list retailers and product providers. They get paid by the retailers if you click through them, but importantly they then give some or all of this cash to you (provided you've registered which is free).
    • The Top Cashback Sites.

      There are a number of sites that pay £150: Topcashback, CashbackKings, Quidco (though it currently has some payout reliability issues) and Wepromiseto. Regulars can go with the one they prefer. New cashback site users will find Topcashback the winner as all the others keep the first £5 you earn a year.

      Usually the standard Sky cashback is usually around £100, so this a top deal which changes the economics.
    • WARNING! Cashback sites are never 100% guaranteed payout.

      As cashback sites rely on the retailers paying them, you can never count cashback as a sure thing until it's in your bank account.

      However, all my feelers & research say its very likely this one will work smoothly. Sky is aware its being pushed heavily, especially by Topcashback, and Sky is actually rewarding the cashback sites on who gets better sign-ups.

      Overally it's pretty unlikely that anyone won't get the cashback, yet unlike a retailers cashback deal, this system it isn't guaranteed.
    If you're a first time cashback site user, please do read the full Best Cashback Sites article for a full explanation of the pros and cons. Plus to see how the different sites payouts compare use the Cashback Sites Maximiser


    What is available on this cashback deal?

    All mainstay Sky packages are available, so if you are going to sign up to Sky, this is a massive cost cutter.

    The Basic Package

    Sky’s cheapest package is £16 a month, plus £30 installation. In other words the total layout over the 12 month minimum contract term is £222. Take off the £150 cashback and you're paying £72 for the year.

    However its worse remembering that all Sky customers using its phone service will need to pay BT's £10.50 (ish) monthly line rental too.

    For this you get:
    • Sky Box: Just the standard. The Sky Plus recordable box is £99 more.
    • Basic Sky Channels: One basic entertainment channel 'mix'. These are quite extensive see a list, though again you could upgrade to selected packages, but they're not that cheap.
    • Sky Talk Freetime, which includes free evening and weekend telephone calls (though you can do this for free anyway; so don't necessarily need this - full details and how to cut call costs are in the Cheap Home Phones article)
    • 2Mb Broadband. Most Sky TV customers (it depends on location check on this page) get its basic broadband for free. The 2Mb speed is fast, though some other providers offer faster. The download limit is 2Gb, which is plenty for standard home users. Again if you want it faster you can upgrade. See Cheapest Broadband for how it compares and explanations of terms.
    As a comparison, if you were to get Virgin's similar offer you'd pay roughly £30 a month right now though this does include the telephone line rental. This Sky deal is £16.50 a month including line rental.

    Remember this is costed on a year

    The savings above have been worked out over the first year (the minimum contract length). After that of course you'll be paying the full whack. So it's worth putting that date in your diary and considering whether you really need this deal or could get it cheaper. Read the Digital TV Cost Cutting article for details on how to save cash on existing deals.

    Go quick!

    Normally Sky cashback deals only pay about £100 for new customers so this is top deal. This offered is scheduled to end on 31 March, but my weekly e-mail now goes out to over 1.8 million people, and when similar offers have been included, sites pulled their cashback offers quickly. So grab it now if you want it.

    Martin
    Last edited by MSE Martin; 11-03-2008 at 8:07 PM.
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