If you're working from home and want to make sure your broadband is reliable, a package like Sky Broadband Boost might seem like an appealing prospect.
This £5 per month add-on is available with all of Sky's broadband packages - but is it worth the additional fee? We've looked into what the deal includes.
While its name suggests faster speeds, the add-on doesn't actually boost the speed of your connection - instead it's a type of guarantee.To benefit, you'll need to enter a contract that costs £5 per month, and commit for 18 months regardless of whether you're a new or existing customer.
The features included with Boost are:
Sky Broadband Boost can be added to both standard broadband (Sky Broadband Essential) and fibre broadband deals (Sky Broadband Superfast or Sky Broadband Ultrafast 1).
In short - probably not. The majority of customers probably won't really need Sky Broadband Boost. Let's take a closer look at what it offers.
This is probably the main reason why you'd consider Broadband Boost. If you're using an old router, you may not be getting the sort of performance on offer from newer models. In addition, your router may not be secure. We've found that in the home, so if yours is particularly old and unsupported, you'll want to upgrade.
You're unlikely to require multiple engineer visits - and if you do need one, the standard cost to organise these at evenings and weekends is £15. While the fee will be waived for those with Sky Broadband Boost, you'd need to require six appointments over the course of your Boost contract to offset the cost. This makes it only worth considering if you've regularly experienced issues with the lines to your property.
When it comes to wi-fi speeds throughout your house, if you find the speed in rooms of your house is slow, Sky will provide wi-fi boosters to help ensure each room receives at least 3Mbps. However, 3Mbps is still fairly low - particularly if you have one of Sky's fibre deals (these have average speeds of at least 57Mbps). If you think your broadband is slow, use our to find out what speeds you're receiving.
Sky will already give you a minimum guaranteed speed for your connection - if it's higher than 3Mbps then it's probably a better plan to invest the £90 you'd spend on Boost on a wi-fi extender instead. Use our to find the best one for you.
If you do decide to commit to Boost for the WiFi Guarantee, keep in mind it only covers rooms in your house - it won't cover separate buildings, such as a garage or shed. Any money back will also only be on your Boost subscription - not on the tariff you pay for your broadband connection.
Broadband Buddy is essentially a suite of parental controls that you access via your phone. With it, you can create filters to block inappropriate content, set screen time restrictions, and use rewards to offer more screen time or access to games or websites. You might undoubtedly find this useful, but it'll need to justify the expense.
As for the additional mobile data, this will be granted if you experience an unscheduled outage between 7am and 11pm that lasts longer than 30 minutes. However, only Sky Mobile customers will benefit here so this isn't an advantage if you're with another provider.