TalkTalk Broadband Buyers Guide

Competitively priced truly unlimited broadband with line rental, phone and TV bundles to suit a wide range of users

  • Committed to offering the most competitive prices and promotions
  • Truly unlimited usage on all products
  • Fibre broadband with speeds averaging 36Mb or 63Mb with Speed Boost
  • Range of phone and TV inclusive options available
  • Wide range of boosts that allow you to customise your package
  • Home Move Service helps you move broadband when moving house

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TalkTalk Fast Broadband
£24.95 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 11Mb average download speed
  • HomeSafe® online safety controls
  • 802.11ac Wifi Hub giving faster speeds at longer distances
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 18 month contract
 
 
 

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TalkTalk Fibre 35 with TV
£24.00 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 38Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • TalkTalk TV box with catchup & on demand, pause & rewind
  • 802.11ac Wifi Hub giving faster speeds at longer distances
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 18 month contract

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TalkTalk Fibre 65
£24.00 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • £80 gift voucher!
  • 67Mb average download speed
  • 17Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
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  • 802.11ac Wifi Hub giving faster speeds at longer distances
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 18 month contract

Buy now

Or call us on
0800 0835042

Details last checked on 2021-05-13

Reasons to choose TalkTalk

  • Affordable - some of the cheapest broadband prices from the UK’s largest low-cost area network coverage ISP
  • Truly unlimited - no usage caps and no traffic management at peak times
  • Same benefits for existing customers - unlike many providers, TalkTalk offers the same packages to both existing and new customers
  • Fibre packages - 38Mb average download speed is available as standard, or you can upgrade to a package averaging 67Mb for an extra £5 if it's available in your area
  • Range of phone options - only pay for what you use, or use boosts to add inclusive calling
  • TV services available - affordable alternative to cable and satellite TV with more to offer than Freeview. TV Plus now also includes 30 premium channels as standard, including; Sky One & Two, FOX and Sky Sports News
  • All broadband products come with the award winning Wi-Fi Hub, and you also get one if you upgrade from a standard to fibre package
  • Home Move service - moving house made easy by using TalkTalk's handy service
  • Great Connection Guarantee - you can leave TalkTalk within your first 30 days if you aren't happy with the service

Possible downsides

  • Only available in TalkTalk network areas - use our postcode checker to see if you're covered
  • No standalone broadband available - you have to switch your phone package to TalkTalk. This may be a hassle for some, though others may find combining the bills for everything to be useful
  • No short fibre deals - you can only get TalkTalk fibre on an 18 month contract
  • Complaint levels - Ofcom figures show TalkTalk have customer complaint levels significantly above the industry average

Features at a glance

  • Download speeds average 11Mb for standard broadband and 38Mb for fibre. An optional 'Boost' increases fibre speeds to average 67Mb downloads

  • 18 month contracts

  • Usage allowances all truly unlimited

  • No upfront costs on some deals

  • Free technical and customer support

  • Parental controls with HomeSafe plus anti-virus protection

  • 802.11ac Wifi Hub with faster wireless speeds at longer distances

  • Phone line included, with free calls between TalkTalk customers

  • TalkTalk Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.8 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 5047 customer ratings since 2020-05-13. See more TalkTalk customer ratings and reviews.

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for TalkTalk.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.7 stars
  • Speed
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 5047 customer ratings since 2020-05-13

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

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Spent weeks complaining about poor broadband performance, both written and alongside over 7 hours of telephone conversations to customer service and technical teams. Eventually the tech team indicated they couldn't resolve the issue so, as I'm entitled to do, I switched provider. Plusnet have been awesome, all issues disappeared the moment they took over the line. However, Talktalk have come for their pound of flesh and are demanding exit fees with menaces. I can't be bothered to deal with the agro of the markers they've threatened to put on my credit history so reluctantly paying up.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
CHESTERFIELD TalkTalk  
No stars, in fact a black hole! 18 months of on going faulty broadband, spoke more with their call center over the last eighteen months than with my mates. I am hoping this latest venture into faulty land will allow me to leave them without being penalised for cancelling the service I haven't had. Awfull company .
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Merseyside TalkTalk  
Absolutely shocking customer services. I have been without WiFi for TWO MONTHS. at first I was told nothing temporary could be put in place, then after a month they said they have requested a temporary line, I have now been told I can't have it! I have lost my job because of this and have paid over £100 so far in bolt ons. I'm told I can't be compensated until the service is fixed, but they can't fix it, so I cant cancel my contract! DO NOT USE TALKTALK
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hertfordshire TalkTalk  
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!

Talk Talk is without a doubt the worst internet provider I have ever been with.

I am on the fiber150 deal and without fail, my connection cuts out numerous times every day. When the connection is on my speed is never above 13MB. As I work from home this has been causing me numerous problems. On my package, I have was promised by the salesman a minimum of 100MB. however, when looking at my contract this promise is actually a maximum and not a minimum - this is very sly from Talk Talk.

Now on to the customer service. Talk Talk customer service is NOT open every day, so if you encounter a problem on one of the 4 days it is closed, which I GUARANTEE you will encounter numerous problems on these days, then there is nobody to speak to in order to help resolve the issue. When I have managed to speak to someone every time I am told that there is no in fact no problem with my connection. Even though it is cutting out at numerous intervals every day. Instead of helping to reslove any issues teh customer service team spend more time trying to lay the faults at your door. For example, one agent told me that the problems are my fault and that I should get a table, place it directly in the middle of my room on a table and place the router on it. I almost choked with laughter.

So to conclude, please LEARN from MY MISTAKES and never give this company your money.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Newcastle upon Tyne TalkTalk  
Do not go with talk talk the worst internet ive ever experienced in my life, disconnecting every 5 minutes and when connect getting a top speed of 7mbs!!!
Are you kidding me?
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sutton in Ashfield TalkTalk  
I have been a talktalk customer for 13 years, with a heart problem, (they claim to prioritise vulnerable customers) what a joke, last year I kept having connections problem, 3 weeks waiting for an engineer, he never bothered to turn up, I was promised compensation for that and for the weeks I had bad connection, in fact according to Ofcom rules a customer should receive automatic compensation when an engineer doesn't turn up. not with TALKTALK, THAT EVIL COWBOY COMPANY ACTUALLY PENILSED ME FOR MISSING APPOINTMENTS, UNBLIEVABLE BUT TRUE, SO I HAD £60 STOLEN FROM ME, NEVER GOT THAT BACK, IT TOOK THEM 3 MONTHS TO SEND OPEREACH TO INVESTIGATE AND THEY DID THIS TO A VULERABLE CUSTOMER WITHOUT BATTING AN EYELID, CEO OFFICE DIDN'T LIFT A FINGER TO HELP ME EITHER WITH CONNECTION OR THE MONEY STOLEN, EMAILED CEO Tristia Harrison who earns about half a million pounds a year, explaining my situation and health status, she did not even deem worthy of an acknowledgment let alone a response, for her I was not even a human being, not a shred of decency or humanity from that cowboy company.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Middlesex TalkTalk  
Wanted to charge 116 exit fee as I was moving house. Our buyers charged 27 by their broadband company how can they justify this difference. Wouldn’t let me speak to a manager then had the nerve to say ask your buyer to pay the exit fee!
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Worksop TalkTalk  
Appalling service! Complained numerous times about Business Broadband dropping out for hours most days, causing major issues, they did not want to deal with issue even though showing less than 1MB! in the end they said they could look at putting new line in but wanted to charge us. Moved to Plus Net and when installing picked up a problem that was to do with connections at the box, which they should have sorted. Will never go back to them or Recommend them to anyone.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Chesterfield, Derbyshire TalkTalk  
Mental health affected ⛔⛔⛔
Anxiety,stress,annoyed.
Terrible customer service.
Horrible online chat.
Avoid TalkTalk please.
There are far more broadband providers that give you a much better service.
Sphumelele & Ralphael are just two of the TalkTalk team that have cause my health condition to worsten by their lack of customer service.Shame on you...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Shoeburyness TalkTalk  
Don't trusts talk talk increase bill what ever they want started time I pay 22 pound now wiht in 1 year 25.50
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
B708hq TalkTalk  

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How to find the best broadband for light use

Posted by Andy Betts on in FeaturesVodafoneHyperopticJohn LewisTalkTalkPlusnetEECommunity FibreNOW BroadbandOnestreamThree

You know how it goes. Whenever you start shopping for a new broadband deal, you find yourself being steered towards the faster, flashier and more expensive services.

The thing is, not everyone needs an upgrade. Some of us are happy with what we've already got, and some don't even need that.

If you don't have a house full of kids who are all online 24/7, or if you live on your own, or are part of the generation that's less computer-reliant, then you may be able to get away with a much more basic broadband service. It could even save you some money in the process.

Let's take a look at your options.

How light is light use?

First of all, you need to work out how much you actually use the internet, to make sure your usage is as low as you think it is.

If your usage is mostly things like web browsing, shopping and bill paying then that's definitely light use. TV streaming counts as well, so long as there's only one person in your house doing it at any given time, and that you don't want to watch in the highest quality on your massive 4K TV.

But there are lots of other things as well that you don't tend to think about: Windows updates on your laptop that happen in the background, downloading movies and TV shows to your Sky Q box, playing games, and sharing large files for work. And all those other little devices you've got connected to your Wi-Fi. Some of them won't be downloading much, but it all adds up.

Chances are that you do use more bandwidth than you realise, so do make sure that you buy a broadband service that's right for your needs.

Broadband for light use

The slowest broadband you can get is standard broadband. This is the old pre-fibre service that runs entirely on the copper phone network. It offers average speeds of around 11Mb, which is enough for general web use or for one person to watch Netflix in HD.

Standard broadband is old tech and is set to be phased out in a few years, but you can still get it right now. It doesn't offer huge savings - standard broadband will typically save you a couple of pounds a month, but over the course of a year they do amount to the cheapest deals you can get.

Take a look at NOW Broadband, Plusnet and John Lewis for the cheapest standard broadband packages, with prices under £20 a month.

If you don't want to go quite that slow, the most basic fibre deal you can get is from Onestream. Their 17Mb service is the cheapest widely available fibre broadband package.

Most suppliers' entry-level fibre offers more than double that speed, at around 36Mb. Almost every broadband company has a deal at this level, so there's bags of competition on price and service. TalkTalk, Vodafone and EE all have deals around the same price point for the same speed services.

36Mb is ideal for light use - it's affordable but not too restrictive. It can handle many people online at the same, with even two or three streaming movies simultaneously, so has plenty of headroom for when you have guests round.

You could also consider some specialist providers. Hyperoptic and Community Fibre have great value full fibre packages - at 30Mb and 50Mb respectively - but they're both available in only very limited areas. Or you could go for a mobile broadband deal, running on the 4G network (or 5G in some areas), such as the 18Mb plan from Three.

You don't always have to buy the best or fastest broadband deal around. Pick what you need, and if you only need something basic then you've got plenty of choices.

Ready to start shopping for a new broadband deal? Just enter your postcode into our postcode checker and you'll be able to see exactly what offers are available in your street right now.

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Lockdown Lessons Report

How internet use surged and workers became more productive during lockdown

Posted by Andy Betts on in FeaturesTalkTalk

Internet usage surged by 40% during the lockdown this year, and working-from-home Brits became a whole lot more productive, according to a new survey.

The TalkTalk Lockdown Lessons Report looks at how we spent our time online during the lockdown. The survey gathered feedback in August from users and businesses, and analysed TalkTalk's own network usage patterns to discover the trends that emerged, and what changes it may lead to in the future.

The most unsurprising detail was that internet usage jumped by 40% during the lockdown period, compared to the same time a year ago. This is a large increase, even factoring in the usual year-on-year increase in data use.

The number hasn't dropped since restrictions eased, either, suggesting the change may be permanent. In fact, users ranked internet access as the second most important thing to have during a lockdown - behind only a garden or outdoor space.

So how were we spending all this extra time online?

For leisure use, video chat was the big winner. Some 44% spent time chatting with family and friends, and many of these would have been first time or reluctant users. More than a third said they were now a lot more confident using the technology.

Inevitably, video streaming services also proved popular, with an amazing 4.6 million households picking up a new subscription. 27% spent extra time on social networks, while 11% did more online gaming than usual.

Productivity increases

It wasn't all fun and games. 58% of those who had started working from home felt they'd become more productive, and over half don't expect to ever return to the office full time. More than four in five identified a fast, reliable broadband connection as the most important thing to enable them to work away from the office.

Around a third of business leaders agreed that remote working had increased productivity among their teams. 40% said they'd made a contribution towards their employees' phone or broadband bills, and the same number had contributed up to £200 to improve their staff's home-working environment. A quarter invested in mental wellbeing apps.

And there's one more intriguing consequence of the lockdown: it has sparked a revolution in self-improvement.

Over half of all the people surveyed said that they'd learned new skills during the lockdown. 40% had looked up "how-to" videos, 19% had used learning apps, and an impressive 16% signed up to a full, online educational course. Languages, cooking, IT skills, gardening and yoga were the popular areas for learning.

Overall, a third developed a new skill, and the same number plan to continue learning into the future. Nearly a fifth of 18-24 years even felt their career prospects had improved. Younger people were also the driving force behind the trend for setting up an online side-hustle. One in ten said they'd pursued their own part-time business, like selling stuff or offering freelance services.

It remains to be seen what the digital legacy of lockdown will be. Many of the changes we've seen do seem to be an acceleration of trends that were already well underway. And if the results of this survey are anything to go by, changes in how we keep in touch with family, how we spend our leisure time, and how we work may well be here to stay.

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TalkTalk Broadband Buyers Guide - Is TalkTalk right for you?

Can I get TalkTalk?

TalkTalk's broadband services are available to more than 25 million homes across the UK.

TalkTalk's low cost network area is the largest in Britain. This means that most households in urban and central areas are able to sign up for their standard phoneline broadband, and more rural and remote homes are covered than by any other local loop unbundling (LLU) provider.

For fibre, TalkTalk use the fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology provided by Openreach. This has wide coverage, of more than 95% of UK homes. TalkTalk will only sell their fibre services to customers whithin their low cost network area, but since there's a significant overlap between fibre and LLU areas, only a small percentage of homes will not be able to sign up.

You can find out if you live in TalkTalk network or fibre areas by using our postcode checker.

What types of broadband are available?

TalkTalk offer two main broadband packages, with a third, faster deal available in limited areas.

The core offers are:

  • Fast Broadband - standard broadband with average download speeds of 11Mb 
  • Faster Fibre Broadband - a basic fibre deal with average download speeds of 38Mb

If it's available in your area you'll also be given the option to choose the Faster Fibre Speed Boost deal. This has average speeds of 67Mb. You'll be told if this is an option for you when you sign up.

In all cases the deals include line rental in the price - there's no option to buy TalkTalk without it. The packages are fully unlimited, so you can download as much as you like each month without risk of being slowed down or restricted.

While it's always good practice to shop around when your broadband contract comes to an end, TalkTalk is one of the rare suppliers to offer the same deals to existing customers as new ones. In addition, if you're an existing customer and you choose to upgrade from the Fast Broadband package to fibre, you'll be upgraded to the smart new Wi-Fi Hub, too.

If you want triple-play services, you can pick up TalkTalk TV as well. Read on for details of the packages you can get there.

What TalkTalk TV deals are available?

TalkTalk has two basic TV packages that come with your choice of broadband service. They offer over 80 channels, and you can add or remove more on a monthly basis.

The two deals are essentially the same, but come with a different set top box:

  • Broadband (either Fast Broadband or Faster Fibre Broadband) + TalkTalk TV + Free TV Box + Entertainment Boost - this comes with a free box that gives you access to on-demand services like iPlayer, plus the ability to pause and rewind live TV
  • Broadband (either Fast Broadband or Faster Fibre Broadband) + TalkTalk TV + TV Plus Box + Entertainment Boost - this comes with an enhanced box for £50 that gives you the same as above, plus the ability to record up to 180 hours of TV

Both TV packages include 80+ Freeview channels, with 15 in HD, and over 30 premium TV channels including Sky One and FOX. You also get full access to on-demand and catch up services like iPlayer, and can add Netflix as well. They're available on 12, 18 and 24 month contracts.

In addition to the basic package you can add more premium channels through a range of flexible TV boosts. These include:

  • Kids: 10 children's channels, including the Disney Channel
  • Sky Sports: the full range of eight Sky Sports channels, giving you 126 live Premier League football matches and much more
  • Sky Cinema: 11 film channels and over 1000 movies to watch on demand
  • Sky Sports and Cinema: Sports and Cinema at a lower price than if you bought them separately
  • BT Sport: more sports action, including exclusive UEFA Champions League coverage
  • Asian: four channels offering the best of Asian entertainment

All of these boosts are on 30-day rolling deals. You can add them whenever you want and cancel at any time. 

Which package should I choose?

TalkTalk's packages have the same terms, so your choice comes down to what speed you need.

Smaller households, or those with less demanding requirements, may find that the Fast Broadband packages offer sufficient speeds. If you use the internet mostly for browsing, email and social networking, and maybe one user watching Netflix or iPlayer, then the 11Mb average speed offering could be fast enough. However, speeds are affected by several factors including how far your home is from your nearest telephone exchange. Make sure you base your decision on the real world speed estimate TalkTalk provides you.

For larger households, or those that want to use the internet for constant streaming, gaming or downloading, a fibre plan is likely to be more suitable. If the 38Mb average speed still doesn't seem like enough, TalkTalk offers the option to upgrade to a service with 67Mb average speed if it's available in your area.

Other factors to consider are whether you want to add TV services to your plan. Your options here are for the basic Freeview channels with a box that enables you to pause and rewind shows, or for a premium package with the ability to record shows as well as access on-demand services. In both cases there's also the option to add premium channels without long-term commitment. Your subscriptions renew every month and you can cancel whenever you want.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How far do you live from your local BT telephone exchange, and will this greatly impact your ADSL speeds?
  • How many people will be using your broadband connection at any one time, especially for heavy downloading or online gaming?
  • Would an 18 month contract be too long for you?
  • Do you watch a lot of TV, or make a lot of phone calls?
  • Do you want to be able to record programmes with your telly box?
  • Is your connection fast enough (2Mb or more) to support streamed TV?

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What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • Wi-Fi Hub - All customers signing up to TalkTalk's broadband packages receieve an award winning Wi-Fi Hub supporting faster connections at longer distances. It's also free for existing customers who upgrade from standard to fibre.
  • TV box - Opt for one of the TV or TV Plus packages and you get a TV box that enables you to pause and rewind live TV, access Freeview channels, and add your own choice of Premium services. On the TV Plus box you can also record 180 hours of shows, and access a full range of on-demand content. The standard TV box is usually free, while the TV Plus box costs £50.
  • HomeSafe online security - TalkTalk broadband comes with HomeSafe, their award-winning online protection service. Developed with parents and online security experts, it allows you to protect your computer from harmful websites by providing virus alerts, as well offering the option of restricting access to sites unsuitable for children, or even blocking access to gaming sites and social media for homework time. 
  • Home Move service - TalkTalk provide a Home Move service for their customers to help make moving broadband when moving house more straightforward and less of a hassle. It is all done online, allowing you to pick the dates that work for you, and to keep track of the move. You can find out more about this service with our Home Move service guide.
  • Free landline calls - All landline calls between TalkTalk users are free.
  • 24/7 tech support - Technical support is avaialble by phone 24/7, and customer service lines can be accessed between 8am and 8pm.

What are the benefits of TalkTalk?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • No upfront costs - Sign up for Fast Broadband and you won't have to pay anything up front.
  • Wi-Fi Hub - Get the award winning, 802.11ac compatible Wi-Fi router with both standard and fibre broadband deals.
  • TV Boosts - You can add more premium TV channels to your TalkTalk TV plan on a month by month basis, including Sky Sports and Sky Cinema. This can be a good way to save money on pay-TV. For instance, if you only want to watch the football, you can sign up between August and May, then cancel when the season ends.
  • Low costs - TalkTalk has some very competitive prices that help it to rank among the cheapest big name providers.

What are the drawbacks of TalkTalk?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • High complaint levels - Ofcom figures for 2019 show that TalkTalk had the second highest number of complaints among the major broadband providers. Complaints for their landline and TV services were also above average.
  • Long contract lengths - 18 months is the standard contract length for TalkTalk, with 12 months occasionally offered by promotion for the slower, standard broadband service. Even when offers are on, if you want to go for the fibre option you'll have to sign up for 18 months. 
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