I'm using a Pace V2 Sky + box in Benitachell (about 80Km north of Alicante) with an Invacom 0,3Db quad LNB on a 2,4m dish. Everything is as expected - I lose the 2D horizontally polarised transponders in the evening; this is a "feature" of the area. All other channels (including 2D vertically polarised transponders) are 24 hours per day. Performance is identical to my Pace 2600. All Sky + features working perfectly. I bought the box on Ebay and a card from a local specialist.
if you take a SKY subsidised box out of the UK - one that has been bought for £99 and installed by SKY - it will get the card turned off after three warning letters stating it is not plugged in..These subsidised boxes *must* have the phone line plugged in...
I have a sky plus box version 1 down here in South Tenerife. We dont have it plugged into the phone line as we have had it for nearly 2 years - over a year in the UK. It's connected to a 90 CM offset with a dual LNB (which we had changed to a stronger one).
Because of the dish size we cant get Astra D or some of the north footprint channels, but the Sky + functions all work. We can record two progs at a time and rewind/pause etc. Some of the interactive stuff like the 8 screen footy doesnt work either, but sky news interactive does.
My worry is what happens when I need to replace my box. Can I just buy another and find my card will work in it or do i need to adjust something ?