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TalkTalk TV Plus

EXPIRED: Time's running out on the UK's best value TV and broadband deal!

Posted on 2017-06-13 16:47 in News Offers Expired TalkTalk

We've got an exclusive offer from TalkTalk that's only available through Broadband.co.uk, but you only have until the end of Thursday to take advantage!

Sign up before the end of the 15th June to get the TV Plus with Fast Broadband package for just £23.75 a month. That's only £3.75 more than you'd pay for the standard broadband and phone deal. It comes with a 12 month contract, and there are no extra costs to pay: the price includes line rental, there's no setup fee, and you even receive a FREE TV Plus box.

Better still, the deal is not just for new customers. Loyal TalkTalk customers can also take advantage of this incredible offer by adding TV Plus to their existing service.

TV Plus with Fast Broadband is an amazing value, highly flexible deal. So what exactly do you get?

  • Fast, totally unlimited broadband with speeds up to 17Mb*
  • Free TV Plus box (normally £50) — pause, rewind and record up to 180 hours of TV
  • Free connection
  • Guaranteed fixed price for the full 12 month contract
  • Six entertainment channels from Sky, including Sky 1 and Sky Sports News, plus up to 80 Freeview channels
  • You can personalise your package by adding extra channels like Sky Cinema and Sky Sports on a flexible one month contract

Also included is a free TalkTalk Mobile SIM card, and the option to add both mobile and landline call packages.

This fantastic exclusive offer ends in less than a week, so don't delay, sign up by the end of Thursday the 15th June or miss out on big savings on internet and TV!

Head on over to TalkTalk to get started!

*  Package advertised with broadband speeds of up to 17Mb, this will vary depending on your location (your exact speed estimate will be given at point of sale). Use our postcode checker to find what speeds are available in your area. This TV offer does not apply to Fibre products. You need to connect your TalkTalk TV Box to the internet and your TV aerial. Offer ends 2017-06-15.

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Loyal broadband customers pay £113 more than those who switch providers

Posted on 2017-04-12 13:46 in News EE Virgin Media Sky BT TalkTalk

Loyal customers who stick with their broadband provider end up paying on average 43% more than if they had switched.

Research by Citizens Advice has cast a light on the way the major providers hike their prices once a contract has ended. Customers who choose to keep their existing deal instead of shopping around find themselves paying an average of £113 extra each year in what has been dubbed a "loyalty penalty".

Citizens Advice analysed the cheapest broadband deals from the UK's five largest suppliers. They found that Virgin Media was the only one that did not bump its prices at the end of the initial contract period. The other four saw increases of as much as 67%.

  • BT - the price rises from £24.49 to £40.99 after 12 months. An increase of 67%, amounting to £198 per year.
  • TalkTalk - the price goes from £20 to £25.50 after 24 months. An increase of 28%, or £66 per year.
  • Sky - after 12 months the price rises from £18.99 to £28.99. An increase of 53%, or £120 per year.
  • EE - the price rises from £21 to £28.50 after 18 months. An increase of 36%, amounting to £90 extra per year.
  • Virgin Media - the cheapest deal is £32.25 per month for 12 months. The price doesn't rise at the end of the contract.

The report found that more than a third of customers didn't realise that prices could go up once their contract had ended. It also found that customers stay on the same deal for an average of four years, which ends up costing them as much as £594 extra.

Those over 65 or on lower incomes were significantly more likely to stick with a deal for more 10 years.

Time to switch

The study highlights the fact that it's more important than ever to shop around for the best broadband deal. Our Ofcom-approved price comparison service helps you find the best and cheapest packages available for your postcode.

Switching broadband providers is easier than you might expect. In most cases, your new provider will handle all aspects of the switchover. You should experience no loss of service, and you won't even need to inform your old supplier that you're leaving. Read our guide to switching broadband providers to see how the process works. 

Citizens Advice is calling for greater clarity in how providers advertise their services, and also to inform customers by text when the fixed price comes to an end.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said, “People often choose their broadband deals based on the price that works for them - but our evidence shows that many do not realise the price will rise after the end of the fixed deal. The government has rightly put energy firms on warning for how they treat loyal customers - the actions of broadband firms warrant similar scrutiny. Extra protections for vulnerable consumers are also a must.”

The moral of the story is clear: loyalty doesn't pay. Once your contract is up, find a new provider. There are some incredible deals to be had on both standard and fibre broadband, and if you're lucky you might even bag an awesome free gift at the same time.

So don't delay. Click here to visit our postcode checker and you can start saving money today.

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Sky Q Hub

Why getting a new router can speed up your broadband

Posted on 2016-11-22 11:35 in News Features Virgin Media Origin TalkTalk Zen EE Vodafone Plusnet Sky BT

If you find broadband speeds confusing, you're not alone. What speed broadband providers advertise and what you actually get are rarely the same thing. The ASA has recently announced that it will be taking steps next year to bring clarity to the entire issue.

But that's a way off. In the meantime there are steps you can take to ensure you achieve speeds closer to what you were expecting.

You may not know that your Wi-Fi router can have a massive impact on the internet speeds you get throughout your home. Since the provider supplies the router we tend to assume that they're automatically good enough. But that isn't always true - sometimes they're old or slow, and not capable of handling a superfast broadband connection.

In these cases, upgrading to a more powerful router can help speed up your broadband dramatically.

How a new Wi-Fi router can help

Let's start with the technical bit.

The performance of a router is determined by the wireless standard that it uses. The best modern routers use the latest standard, called 802.11ac. It's the fastest available, and it runs on the 5GHz band which is clean and interference free.

802.11ac superceded the 802.11n standard. This is much slower - perhaps half or even a third of the speed - and it commonly runs on the 2.4GHz band which is much more prone to interference from other electrical devices in your home. As a result, the signal is not just slower but it gets much weaker the further it travels.

The router as a bottleneck

Many broadband providers supply an N-rated router with their packages, and it may not be up to the job. Tests show that 802.11n routers have a real world top speed of 50-100Mb, at close range. At a distance of 20 metres, and with a few obstacles like walls and floors in the way, that speed can be slashed in half - or worse.

So, if you've got a high-end fibre package and are getting speeds of 50Mb or more, then an N-rated router simply won't cut it. Your broadband is faster than your router, and the router becomes a bottleneck. Even on an entry-level fibre deal, with speeds of 25Mb, you'll be pushing it. You might find you get good speeds downstairs, but that they fall off sharply in the bedrooms.

In both cases, upgrading to an AC-rated router is likely to give you a major speed boost. The exception is standard broadband. Here, the speeds top out at 16Mb, and in practice are usually somewhat slower. An N-rated router should be able to handle this.

An easy way to check if you're affected is to use our free Speed Test tool. Stand next to your router and run the test on your laptop. Then head to the furthest corner of your house and run it again. If there's a major discrepancy in your results then it could be a sign that you need to upgrade your router. (Or it could mean you need to find a better position for your router.)

Do you need a new router?

You can see why a slow router can mean you don't get the broadband speeds you were expecting. So do you need to upgrade?

When you're shopping for broadband deals, all our comparison tables have icons to show what kind of router you're getting. Click the More Info button to see whether there's an option to upgrade to a better router when you sign up.

What router do you get?

  • Many of the major providers now supply AC-rated routers with all their packages. This includes TalkTalk, Vodafone and Virgin, while Sky also provides the new Sky Q Hub if you are a TV customer.
  • BT, Plusnet and EE supply 802.11ac routers with their fibre packages, and N-rated routers with standard broadband. BT offers a paid upgrade for standard broadband customers, but the other two don't.
  • Origin customers get an N-rated router, and need to pay at checkout to upgrade to a faster AC-rated unit.

If you've been with a provider for some time it's possible you're still using an older N-rated router and aren't getting the fastest possible speeds from your broadband. In this case it's worth checking with the provider to see if they'll swap your router for a newer model for free. Some may give you one in exchange for you signing a new contract. Just make sure you know exactly what you're getting, and that you aren't charged or placed on a new contract without knowing.

Lastly, a handful of providers, including Plusnet, Zen and Origin, allow you to use own router, so you can shop around and check independent reviews to get the best model for your needs.

The router is a frequently overlooked part of the broadband service. It's natural to assume that broadband problems are the fault of the provider, but the reality is that if your router is too slow you can easily be cutting your internet speed in half without even realising.

Give your router a quick check now to see if you would benefit from an upgrade.

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TalkTalk with £75 shopping voucher

EXPIRED: Get up to half price broadband plus a £75 Love2Shop voucher with TalkTalk. Hurry - the offers ends soon!

Posted on 2016-09-22 07:46 in Offers Expired TalkTalk

If you're shopping for broadband then you won't want to miss the fantastic half-price deals TalkTalk are offering right now. And if you sign up soon you'll get a £75 voucher to spend on the high street, too.

These awesome deals start at just £3.75 a month for the totally unlimited SimplyBroadband package. Or if speed is what you need you can get 18 months of fibre broadband for only £8.75 a month - it's up to 4.5 times faster than standard broadband.

If you prefer to get internet, TV and calls all in the same package you can do exactly that with TalkTalk's Essentials TV offer. £7.50 per month gets you unlimited broadband, evening and weekend calls, plus a YouView box that gives you seven days of catch-up TV and the ability to pause and rewind live shows.

Sign up to any of these deals by 27th September and you'll receive a £75 Love2Shop voucher to spend in over 20 thousand high street stores.

Sign up for TalkTalk broadband and claim your free £75 Love2Shop voucher today!

All the offers are on 18 month contracts, are fully unlimited, and come with a free wireless router. You also get a comprehensive security package that protects you against viruses, online scams, and gives you full parental controls for complete peace of mind.

Already with TalkTalk?

It isn't just new customers that get the best deals from TalkTalk. You can upgrade from standard broadband to a superfast fibre service and pay just £7.50 per month - that's an impressive 25% less than the normal price.

Voucher offers are exclusive to new customers who order online, switch from BT, Sky or Plusnet and keep their existing landline number. Speeds dependent on location and distance from local exchange - use our postcode checker to find out what's available in your area. Line rental required at £17.70 per month. Love2Shop voucher offer ends 2016-09-27. Broadband offers end 2016-10-01. Speed of TalkTalk Fibre product compared to UK average of standard (ADSL) download speed from Ofcom UK Home broadband performance report November 2015.

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TalkTalk with £50 shopping voucher

Expired: FREE broadband and a £50 Love2Shop voucher from TalkTalk - hurry, offer ends soon!

Posted on 2016-02-17 14:20 in Offers Expired TalkTalk

TalkTalk's current offer of FREE SimplyBroadband will be coming to an end in only a week, so you'll need to hurry to take advantage of the deal. Sign up before midnight of the 18th of February, and you can also claim a £50 Love2Shop voucher, which can be redeemed in a number of popular high street stores!

The SimplyBroadband package is free for 12 months, and offers speeds of up to 17Mb and a truly unlimited download allowance. You'll also get a free Super Router, HomeSafe® online protection, and free calls to other TalkTalk customers. Want to add TV to you package? The Essentials TV package is on offer for only £5 a month for 12 months! You get everything in the SimplyBroadband package along with YouView, which offers over 70 Freeview channels, hundreds of On Demand films and shows, 7 day catchup and the option to add Sky Movies and Sports. Alternatively, you have the option of taking out Essentials TV with FREE Fibre Medium, which has all the benefits of broadband and TV from TalkTalk with speeds of up to 38Mb!

Sign up for TalkTalk SimplyBroadband, FREE broadband for 12 months + £50 Love2Shop voucher!
Sign up for TalkTalk Essentials TV,  FREE broadband for 12 months + TV for £5 + £50 Love2Shop voucher!
Sign up for TalkTalk Essentials TV with Fibre Medium, FREE fibre broadband for 12 months + TV for £5!

Interested in fibre broadband deals and TV packages? Explore TalkTalk's range of truly unlimited, reduced price deals!

Minimum broadband contract 18 months. Free broadband offer ends midnight, 25th February. Voucher offer ends midnight, 18th of February. Love2Shop vouchers only available to customers switching online from BT, Sky or Plusnet and keeping their existing landline number. Speeds dependent on location and distance from local exchange - use our postcode checker to find out what's available in your area. Line rental required at £17.70 a month, or £191.16 for a year up front. £6.75 delivery fee for the router.

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National Average Speeds December 2015

Average fixed line download speeds remain stable over December 2015, average mobile broadband speeds see minor increase

Posted on 2016-01-08 12:21 in Announcements News 4GEE Hyperoptic Vodafone TalkTalk Three O2 Virgin Media BT Post Office Plusnet

December 2015 saw average download speeds for fixed line providers recorded by users of our broadband speed test remain stable in comparison to the results from November, coming in at 20.56Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.15Mb drop to 3.68Mb.

Of the big 5 home broadband providers, Virgin Media remained in first place but their average download speeds appear to have levelled out since rolling out their 200Mb service, remaining stable at 46.57Mb, with upload speeds at 5.66Mb. BT Broadband retain second place with average download and upload speeds steady at 17.58Mb and 4.42Mb respectively. TalkTalk move up to third place, with download speeds stable at 12.8Mb and upload speeds dropping by 0.21Mb to 1.86Mb. Plusnet drop into fourth place, dropping by 0.59Mb to 12.6Mb for average download speeds with a 0.39Mb decrease to 2.85Mb for average upload speeds. Finally, Sky remain in fifth place with a 1.1Mb fall in download speeds to 10.92Mb, while their upload speeds decreased by 0.41Mb to 2.47Mb.

Results from users testing with mobile-enabled devices including phones and tablets suggests that mobile broadband speeds saw an overall rise since November. Taking mobile broadband separately from home broadband, EE Mobile retain first place, with download speeds increasing by 1.1Mb to 17.55Mb and upload speeds holding at 3.87Mb. Vodafone are in second place, seeing download speeds fall slightly by 0.19Mb to 13.76Mb and upload speeds steady at 2.82Mb. O2 are in third place with download speeds at 11.78Mb - a respectable 1.4Mb increase over last month - and upload speeds at 2.53Mb. Three are still in fourth place, with average download speeds of 9.84Mb and upload speeds of 2.56Mb.

When mobile broadband and home broadband average speeds compete on the same table, 4GEE is head-to-head with BT's second place with a difference of only 0.03Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 3rd and 4th places beating all home broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media and BT. This suggests that 4G broadband may have higher uptake levels relative to 3G compared to uptake of the fastest possible fibre broadband products relative to cheaper options.

This month's supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) found Post Office Broadband had the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 2.55Mb average downloads and only 0.33Mb average uploads. Hyperoptic was fastest overall with 102.1Mb average downloads and 92.13Mb uploads.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for December 2015

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Sky: Choose a £100 reward or an LG 32" TV

Expired: Record Breaking Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals

Posted on 2015-11-27 18:04 in News Offers Expired 4GEE Hyperoptic TalkTalk Sky BT Plusnet

Despite not having celebrated a family holiday yesterday, Britain still gets to enjoy America's traditional equivalent to the January sales, Black Friday, with headline grabbing special offers available not just today, but all weekend and on Monday too.

This year several broadband suppliers have jumped onto the Black Friday bandwagon and are offering some record breaking special offers, some of the best we've ever seen.

Sky TV have a rewards blowout with a choice of high value rewards including a free 32" LG TV or a LG Soundbar on Broadband and TV bundles and the option of a Galaxy Tab 4 tablet computer with standalone broadband for new customers!

Plusnet have brought back one of their best ever offers, adding an additional £75 cashback on their 12 months free broadband on a 12 month contract offer, meaning that you actually earn back £68 over the first year! You do need to pay Plusnet for a phone line, but this is as cheap as £15.49 monthly equivalent when paid upfront.

TalkTalk have slashed the all in monthly cost of their broadband for the first year with 12 months half price line rental on top of 18 months free broadband on an 18 month contract! So that's just £8.85 all in monthly cost for a year. What's more the line rental discount applies to TalkTalk Fibre and TalkTalk Plus TV too which are both half price for a year!

If you're looking for mobile broadband offers, 4GEE's Black Friday weekend offer sees both their popular portable WiFi devices FREE and a monthly contract with 50GB of data only £25 per month!

And if you're lucky enough to live in one of Hyperoptic's connected buildings, you can get their ultrafast and hyperfast broadband free for the first 3 months with a £100 Amazon voucher reward!

Check out which offers are available where you live or call 0800 093 0405 to speak to one of our advisers. Hurry, all offers end soon!

Offers only apply to new customers of the relevant broadband provider who sign up online who do not need a new telephone line or number. Minimum contracts apply for all deals. Line rental required on all but Hyperoptic's deals. Setup costs and additional charges may apply. Offers may be restricted to particular coverage areas. Rewards must be claimed online after activation. One reward per household. Unless otherwise stated, offers are valid until the end of 2015-11-30. Offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time. Click through to the providers' websites for further details, terms and conditions and confirmation of eligibility.

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National Average Speeds October 2015

Average download speeds increase over October 2015, Virgin Media see gains with 200Mb rollout

Posted on 2015-11-05 10:22 in Announcements News 4GEE Vodafone TalkTalk Three O2 Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

October 2015 saw average download speeds for fixed line providers recorded by users of our broadband speed test rise by 2.76Mb in comparison to the results from September, coming in at 21.88Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.4Mb increase to 4.65Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds rose by 6.31Mb to 48.66Mb, with upload speeds also improving to 6.64Mb. Virgin have recently begun rolling out their 200Mb service for new and existing customers, which accounts for the significant increase in download speeds.

BT Broadband retain second place with average download speeds increasing by 1.32Mb to 18.84Mb, and upload speeds increasing by 0.45Mb to 5.59Mb. Plusnet hold third place, remaining stable at 15.09Mb for average download speeds with only a 0.33Mb decrease to 4.25Mb for average upload speeds. TalkTalk stay in fourth place, with download speeds at 12.89Mb and upload speeds at 2.32Mb. Finally, Sky are in fifth place with a 0.87Mb rise in download speeds, putting them at 12.76Mb, while their upload speeds increased by 0.38Mb to 3.64Mb.

With the recent improvements to our speed test, we're now able to record results from mobile users on their phones and tablets. EE Mobile are in first place, with download speeds averaging at 17.81Mb and upload speeds at 5.36Mb. Vodafone are in second place, with download speeds at 12.95Mb and upload speeds at 3.79Mb. O2 are in third place with download and upload speeds at 11.03Mb and 3.81Mb respectively. This leaves Three in fourth place, with average download speeds of 9.03Mb and upload speeds of 3.45Mb.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for October 2015

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TalkTalk with £50 shopping voucher

Get SimplyBroadband from TalkTalk free for 18 months!

Posted on 2015-08-18 15:38 in Offers TalkTalk

If you're in the market for a new broadband contract, TalkTalk are currently offering their SimplyBroadband package as free for 18 months - it's an offer so good that TalkTalk are calling it the Boss of Broadband Deals! With the SimplyBroadband package, you benefit from speeds of up to 17Mb and a truly unlimited download allowance. You'll also get a free Super Router, HomeSafe® online protection, and free calls to other TalkTalk customers. Sign up before midnight of the 21st of August, and you can also claim a £50 Love2Shop voucher, which can be redeemed in a number of popular high street shops!

Sign up for TalkTalk SimplyBroadband today, FREE for 18 months!

Interested in fibre broadband deals or TV packages? Explore TalkTalk's range of truly unlimited, reduced price deals!

Minimum broadband contract 18 months. Free broadband offer ends midnight, 28th September. Voucher offer ends midnight, 21st of August. Love2Shop vouchers only available to customers switching online from BT, Sky or Plusnet and keeping their existing landline number. Speeds dependent on location and distance from local exchange - use our postcode checker to find out what's available in your area. Line rental required at £16.70 a month, or £180.36 for a year up front. £6.75 delivery fee for the router.

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TalkTalk with £50 shopping voucher

Expired: TalkTalk Fibre Flash Sale - reduced price broadband for 18 months!

Posted on 2015-08-04 16:20 in Offers Expired TalkTalk

If you're shopping around for a great fibre deal, then TalkTalk's fibre flash sale could be exactly what you're looking for. With TalkTalk's fibre offer, you can enjoy unlimited superfast broadband for just £7.50 a month with free connection! What's more, the special introductory price lasts for the entire duration of the 18 month contract, not just the first 12 months! This package can also be stacked with TalkTalk's current £50 Love2Shop voucher deal, which can be redeemed in a large range of popular high street retailers. So hurry to take advantage of these money-saving offers!

Sign up for TalkTalk Fibre today for £7.50 a month!

Can't get fibre in your area? Interested in a broadband deal that comes with TV package? Explore a range of truly unlimited, reduced price deals from TalkTalk!

Minimum fibre broadband contract 18 months. Offers ends midnight, 13th of August. Love2Shop vouchers only available to customers switching online from BT, Sky or Plusnet and keeping their existing landline number. Fibre deals only available in fibre-enabled areas - use our postcode checker to find out if you can get fibre in your area. Line rental required at £16.70 a month, or £180.36 for a year up front. £6.75 delivery fee for the router.

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