Don't pay over-the-odds for Sky Broadband next month
Little by little, inch by inch, Sky will have your life. It starts off as a basic TV package, then they throw in a landline for free. Then there's packages, HD channels if you want them, or watch Sky in other rooms of the house. Then they throw in broadband if you'll pay for the landline and before you know it, you're handing over £70 a month to Sky, not £20.
Their latest sleight-of-hand, which we mentioned several months ago, is to strictly monitor broadband usage - not that they sold it to the consumer like that. Sky provided a usage tool so you could monitor how much of your broadband allowance you used every month, but of course this monitoring then allowed Sky to impose sanctions. Specifically, if you exceed your allowance twice in six months you are automatically upgraded to the next price plan.
Are you automatically downgraded if you fail to reach your previous allowance the following month? No, that can only be done manually, obviously - Sky dictate which functions are automatic and which are manual to suit their bottom line, because plenty of customers won't notice or indeed care enough to query an extra fiver a month.
The reason it's worth mentioning is because home broadband usage is bound to have been abnormally high during December and January's bad weather (with work and school closures, usage tripled in our household), meaning Sky get their two strikes in six months and increase your bill accordingly. You can find Sky's broadband usage tool here; if Sky try subscribing you to a more expensive pacakage, check your usage next month - make sure you don't end up paying too much to Sky for broadband allowance you don't use.