Following on from Vodafone’s bundling of MySky with their broadband offering, Slingshot has launched a bundled plan for $99 that includes a landline phone, 50GB ADSL broadband, and an Igloo set-top box plus 11 igloo channels. Because Igloo has access to selected Sky content, customers can also purchase pay-per-view movies and sports.
If that’s the good news, then the not so good news is that the bundle plan also runs over a 12-month contract term and customers must also supply their own broadband router/modem – customers can however, buy a wireless modem for $50 on signup. Slingshot has hinted, however, that additional bundles (including bundle plans for Slingshot fibre) could follow in the near future, and could include larger data allowances.
According to Slingshot GM Scott Page, Slingshot won’t be offering the bundled package with their unlimited broadband plan over the short term, but will consider it: “For now we want to avoid ‘fair use policies’ that some other providers have introduced, which seems contrary to the idea of ‘unlimited’. Our current unlimited ADSL plan is not based upon a fair use policy. From memory, our biggest user in the last few months consumed over 3TB. Slingshot is however, unmetering traffic from Igloo, I-sky and Quickflix, and I wouldn’t rule out other traffic types in the future.”
While the included 50GB allowance may seem small, customers can buy additional data blocks as needed, and Slingshot also offers a 12 month rollover for unused data, eliminating the use it or lose it policy operated by other ISPs. PAT PILCHER