With improvements in technology and speed of broadband, it's becoming increasingly common for people to work from home rather than travel to an office. Whether you’re an employee connecting to your employer from home, or self-employed and running a business from your home office, it's important to be able to rely on a robust, stable broadband connection.
While you may find your home broadband connection is adequate for your work from home needs, you might be surprised to find that a business broadband package can offer significant additional benefits and be a lot more affordable than you'd think. We've created a guide to guide to Home Office Broadband explaining all the features and advantages of using business broadband when you work from home.
TalkTalk Business offers a range of products to suit your business needs, all including unlimited usage. Their Simply product is ideal for home office workers or small premises while their Complete package adds free premise moves, business call features and up to 4 static IP addresses. Up to 76Mb fibre options provided where available.
EE's headline speed for standard broadband has also recently increased from 16Mb to 17Mb thanks to traffic shaping to prioritise web and streaming traffic at peak times, making EE the fastest phoneline broadband on the market.
Voucher only available online. Line rental required, available from £11 monthly equivalent price if paid a year upfront. Quoted prices and features may only be available in EE network areas. Speed achieved depends on factors such as your distance from the telephone exchange, you will be provided with the fastest connection available. Full details will be provided before you sign up.
As a limited special offer EE are offering free 7-inch Android tablets with many of their superfast 4G mobile broadband deals. Just choose a data allowance of 5GB or more on a 24 month contract and, as well as either a USB dongle or mobile WiFi device, you'll receive the Alcatel One Touch 7 Android WiFi tablet at no extra cost!
Prices start from £21 a month and available usage allowances go up to 50GB per month. What's more, these deals all come with EE's new double speed 4G, the fastest mobile broadband available in the UK, with the most 4G-enabled cities!
All EE mobile broadband packages come with extra bonuses: you can enjoy inclusive WiFi at BT hotspots and London Underground coverage from Virgin Media, and free film downloads and 2 for 1 Wednesday cinema tickets with EE Film.
Superfast 4G speed depends on location and number of users. Data outside your monthly allowance can be purchased for £6 for 500MB or £15 for 2GB. Prices may increase during the life of your plan.
TalkTalk's great value TV bundles, which include phone services, truly unlimited broadband and TV services with Freeview, YouView, catchup TV, on demand and extra channels are now even better value with a promotion offering 2 months half price on the Entertainment Boost!
For only £10 extra per month, the Entertainment Boost adds an additional 33 channels to your TV service, including Sky 1 and 2, Sky Living, FOX, Universal, Watch, GOLD, Comedy Central and Discovery. And now for a limited period, you'll get your first two months of the boost for only £5 per month!
The boost is compatible with both of TalkTalk's TV bundles:
TalkTalk Essentials TV - £7.50 per month - Freeview + 7 day catchup TV + 30 minutes pause and rewind TV + evening and weekend calls
TalkTalk Plus TV - £15.50 per month - Record Freeview + 7 day catchup TV + pause and rewind TV + anytime calls + £30 shopping voucher
Other boosts are available adding up to 65 channels that aren't available on BT TV. You can also add Sky Movies and Sky Sports, with 5 decidated sports channels and 11 movie channels available.
On Demand services allow you to rent the latest Hollywood movies for 48 hours using TalkTalk Box Office.
TV services are available to both new and existing TalkTalk customers. Boosts can be added or removed on a monthly basis, just give 48 hours notice to remove a boost. Line rental is required, save by paying for a year up front, equivalent to £9.50 per month.
We list a variety of different Sky TV, broadband and phone bundles with a range of different TV channel packs included, but sometimes the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming or confusing.
One of the common sources of confusion can be the difference between Sky's Entertainment Extra and Entertainment Extra+ TV packages. The price difference between the two is £5 a month, but what is the plus in Entertainment Extra+?
To help explain the difference we've put together a guide to Entertainment Extra+ from Sky outling the extra channels, HD and 3D content, TV Box Sets and enhancements to On Demand services that come with this package.
If you've decided that Entertainment Extra+ is for you, then check out the following TV, broadband and phone bundles:
Exclusively for TalkTalk home broadband customers, TalkTalk Mobile is a great way to make using internet on the go a more affordable and more satisfying experience.
TalkTalk Mobile allows TalkTalk customers to choose from a variety of great offers on smartphones. Current special offers include a Samsung Galaxy Y powered by Android Gingerbread free for only £5 a month for 2 years. Selected smartphones can also come bundled with a tablet! For example, you can acquire a Huawei Mediapad Youth with a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini from just £10 a month, or Google Nexus 7 by ASUS along with a LG Optimus L3 or L3ii smartphone from £17.50 a month.
You can gain extra data allowance and more free minutes and texts by increasing the size of your contract plan for only a small additional cost per month. All these contracts come with double data allowance (or triple data allowance on some plans!) of up to 4GB when purchased online!
Existing TalkTalk customers can also take up a SIM-only mobile contract for mobile internet via smartphone*, tablet* or USB dongles. TalkTalk SIM-only mobile comes with a variety of different deals to suit you, with different data allowances and different contract lengths available.
For a time-limited period, TalkTalk are offering double data allowances when you buy online! This means that medium SIM-only contracts with 500MB data allowances now allow up to 1GB, and large SIM-only contracts with 2GB data allowances allow up to a massive 4GB! This is in addition to the 300 free mins on medium contracts or 1000 free mins on large contracts. Both contracts also come inclusive with 3000 free texts!
That's not all! Choose a 12-month contract, and get a reduced price per month - only £5 per month for 1GB data plans, and £12.50 per month for 4GB data plans, saving £2.50 each month on your contract for the first 12 months.
If you'd prefer a 1-month contract, it's just £10 a month for medium contracts and £17.50 a month for large contracts.
TalkTalk Essentials provides download speeds of up to 14MB (or up to 76Mb if taken with a Fibre package) alongside upload speeds of up to 448kb, while download/upload allowance is truly unlimited, ideal for families, or individuals who enjoy streaming video, allowing you to use the Internet to your heart's content!
This deal includes a 4-port wireless router, and TalkTalk HomeSafe to help protect every device connected to your TalkTalk broadband at no extra cost. It also comes with free technical and customer support.
New customers signing up to TalkTalk Essentials before 24th July 2013 will benefit from 6 months free line rental, saving as much as £39. This time-limited special offer also applies £50 welcome credit to the first bill for new and reactived lines, so hurry before it's too late!
The TalkTalk Evenings & Weekends call plan is included in this package, providing you with free evening and weekend calls.
The TalkTalk Essentials package is currently free for the first 6 months, and then £6.50 a month after that. Line rental is required at £14.95 a month, or £9.50 a month if you pay for the year up front. There is no connection charge.
If you're looking for a TV service that's more affordable than most major TV providers and has more features than standard Freeview, then you might want to consider signing up for TalkTalk's Plus TV package, and take advantage of 3 months free TalkTalk TV, broadband and calls offer.
The Plus TV package gives customers access to 69 TV channels and unlimited access to over 4000 shows and films, along with 7 day catchup with BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5. The package comes with a free YouView box (worth £299) which allows you to record 200+ hours of TV, and pause and rewind Freeview channels.
You can also get the Plus TV Starter Boost included free for the first 3 months, and then £5 a month extra. This boost adds seven Sky channels to your TV package: Sky 1 & 2, Sky Arts 1 & 2, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, and Sky Sports News. Want even more channels? There are other Boosts available for an extra monthly fee, including Boosts for sport, movies, entertainment and kids.
The Plus TV package also includes unlimited broadband and TalkTalk Anytime calls, meaning you can combine TV, broadband and phone into one handy bill. And, as some icing on the cake, new customers signing up for the Plus TV package will also be eligible for a £50 high street shopping voucher!
The Plus TV package is free for the first 3 months, and then £15.50 a month after that (£20.50 if you choose to continue with the TV Starter Boost). Line rental is required at £14.95 a month, or £9.50 a month if you pay for a year up front.
Whether you're going to university for the first time, or heading back for the next year in your course, you're going to be wanting decent and reliable access to the internet. So much of university life depends on the internet these days, from registering for courses, researching and submitting course work, to arranging social activities and unwinding at the weekends, and it's important for students to be able get a broadband package that takes into account budget, the need for a shorter-lenghth contract, and what students want out of your broadband experience.
Whether you're looking for broadband only, a TV deal, or want a package ideal for gaming, our guide will help you decide what's best for you.