Sky Mobile launches data rollover service on tablets, coming to iPads soon

Sky Mobile is getting into tablets, which means its ‘Roll’ service, which allows any unused data to roll over into the next month, is coming along for the ride. 

Although Sky is starting out with a selection of Samsung Galaxy tablets (including the Tab A, and Tab S2), it’s also said that it will be launching Apple iPads soon.

The way Roll works is that at the end of every month, any data that’s unused on your account will be automatically transferred into a virtual ‘Piggybank’ of unused data.

Once in this piggybank, you have three years to use this data, which effectively means its not going anywhere anytime soon. You also have the freedom to share the data with up to five different SIMs, meaning it can be transferred to your tablet or your phone depending on what you need during any particular month.

Prices so far are towards the affordable end of the spectrum, with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A 10.1 available for £13 a month with 500MB of data over the course of 36 months (a 24-month contract is also available for £17 a month).

Here’s why we think this is great

When it comes to phones, I’ve never personally had too much of a need for data to rollover. I use my phone pretty consistently to listen to music or browse the internet on my daily commute.

But tablets are different. I only bother carrying a tablet with me for longer journeys, and I make these very irregularly. Sometimes I have one or two a week, but other times it might be closer to one every few months.

As a result, my tablet data usage is very inconsistent, which is exactly where a rollover service like this would be most effective. Alternatively Sky’s ‘Mix’ service would allow me to change my data allowance on a monthly basis to upgrade or downgrade based on my needs.

The biggest question mark right now is pricing for Apple’s tablets, including the recently released 2018 iPad, which could end up being a very tempting prospect indeed.

How much data do you actually need when it comes to a tablet? Let us know @TrustedReviews.