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
£22.95 for 18 months
£30.00 thereafter

£4.95 upfront cost

  • 24 months Fixed Low Price Plan
  • 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
£23.00 for 18 months
£33.95 thereafter

£4.95 upfront cost

  • 24 months Fixed Low Price Plan
  • 38Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • TalkTalk TV box with catchup & on demand, pause & rewind
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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

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TalkTalk Fibre 35
£21.00 for 18 months
£29.95 thereafter

£4.95 upfront cost

  • 24 months Fixed Low Price Plan
  • 38Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 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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0800 0835042

Details last checked on 2020-12-04

Reasons to choose TalkTalk

  • Affordable - some of the cheapest broadband prices from the UK’s largest low-cost area network coverage ISP
  • Fixed price guarantee - broadband and line rental charges are fixed at the same monthly price for the full 12 or 18 month contract term
  • 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

† For a limited time only, TalkTalk are offering UK's lowest fixed price broadband when compared to major broadband providers. All plans have unlimited internet usage and your price is fixed for your contract length, giving you peace of mind. See TalkTalk site for further details.

 

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 6043 customer ratings since 2019-12-06. 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
    2.7 stars

Based on 6049 customer ratings since 2019-12-05

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Customer Service of Talk Talk is unbelieveably poor, after spending the past three days on the phone with them, each day I called and was told something completely different than the day before, they gave me 4 different prices for the same broadband package. I really felt they were trying to rip me off, I even started recording the calls. I have never experienced such unprofessional, untruthful customer service.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Blackpool TalkTalk  
We have had intermittent problems and slower than guaranteed minimum speed (34mbs) for over a year. Despite many calls it has never been resolved. In Sept 2020 the speed dropped to around 15mbs and cut out multiple times daily. It has taken 2 talktalk engineer visits and over 20 calls (total logged call time of 17hrs) for them to finally send an openreach engineer who resolved it immediately. Customer service is terrible, having to repeat and go through the same explanation, checks etc every time, and being passed from person to person and being told they have done something that should resolve it.
Despite being told on 4 occasions I would get a refund under their speed guarantee - this has not happened and I have given up spending time trying to contact them to explain and request it.
To cap it all, then they charged £80 for their engineer visits (despite it only being resolved by openreach). After a further 3 calls (lasting approx 1.5hrs) it looks like it may be credited to my account soon.
I would recommend avoiding them on all aspects of their service. I will not be renewing my contract when it expires.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
south wales TalkTalk  
Hi, I am not happy with service you provide, as then would like to terminate the contract with you. I have waited a month for the engineer to come to install the wifi which he didn't for some reasons and said we will send another engineer soon but it is been 2 week no one said anything. It is not even worth 1 start, wouldn't recommend for anyone, very poor
85 Ash road TalkTalk  
Might as well be a scam with how they operate. Called in nearly a week ago with a fault, assured that I would be put through with an emergency 24/48 hour appointment - lie number 1. Five days later ten minutes after they are due to arrive I recieved a phone call - apparently *I* have canecelled my appointment to go to hospital. No I haven't. Another call - no my engineer is going to hospital and no one is available and they don't know when someone will be - this was lie number 2; because when pushed further they found a new person in less than half an hour. Only the cocky, arrogant engineer - Wayne - they sent out, spent his time telling me how BT engineers are useless and call center agents are useless and that the fault is with the BT line - lie number 3. Because when BT come out we learn that the issue is with the router, a router that would have been in his van at the time. So now I have to wait a further 3+ days for them to send me one in the post because they "don't have anyone available" to come and put in a two minute job that *their* engineer should have fixed.

Meanwhile I'm a vulnerable person, stuck in a home where not even my TV works without internet and am expected to just continue to sit here while they charge me for each phone call, not tp mention the extra phone data I have to buy! Almost £60!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
West Midlands TalkTalk  
I went with talk talk thinking that fibroptic wave band should not cause problems... a big mistake, I must say! You tube , netflix and internet have their moment , a bit too often for my liking. So I call them , a lovely lady apologies and say she will increase the signal ( what ? On fibroptic ? ) anyway somehow it gets better but within weeks, the same problem starts all over again. I dont want to have to call regularly to remind those people that I expect what I paid for and I am counting the days for my contract to finish and go with more serious providers.. honestly!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
Southampton TalkTalk  
i have with talk talk from more then 14 years, talk talks Customer service is very bad, they charged me over and over ,when i phone to then every time they have new person and diffrent story. not help , they did not tel,me and put price up every time , do not use this if give free,
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
london TalkTalk  
Pathetic level of service. They dont have a clue what Openreach tells stories about fixing thing. This is prime example of what happens when the company have no boots on the ground and have no knowledge of how things work and simply piggyback on someone else's infrastructure and knowhow to earn money.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Virginia Water TalkTalk  
We've had an extremely disappointing performance from our overpriced 4G EE box for the last 18 months, which we chose because we couldn't get fibre at our previous address.
As the end of our contract coincided with our move, we let EE know we would be leaving at the end of November, and arranged for Talktalk Fibre Broadband to be installed 16th November.
On the 16th, the engineer showed up at 1pm, and then said there was a problem with the line outside and he would be 15 minutes and then return with a cherry picker to fix the line. 3 hours later, I called Talktalk, was left on hold for another hour, and then told he would probably come back before 6pm. He didn't.
I called them back and they said they would call me to rearrange on 19th November. They called me and arranged an appointment for today. They did not come. I called them and they weren't able to provide any explanation for why they hadn't come, and said they could rebook an appointment if I called them in 24 hours time.
Needless to say, our journey with Talktalk ended abruptly at that point, and I'm now left with the job of returning the box.
I've booked an appointment with Virgin who will hopefully actually show up.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
CHESHAM TalkTalk  
This lot at talk talk are as bad as it gets , they take stupidity to a new level ! They have somehow managed to mix up to accounts my daughters and mine we seem to be paying each other’s bills , passwords are mixed up account names don’t correspond with addresses and after so many calls they still haven’t managed to sort. Worst service on planet earth . If you want to be left feeling like jumping of a bridge this company will definitely give you motivation to jump. Don’t touch with a barge pole. You have been warned you won’t be the exception where it ends well.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
NIreland TalkTalk  
Have to use my mobile data on a daily basis as wifi is slow/does not work.
According to customer service everything is fine.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hampstead TalkTalk  

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Christmas Broadband

Upgrade your broadband and TV in time for Christmas

Posted on 2020-12-04 13:49 in News Features NOW Broadband TalkTalk Plusnet Virgin Media Sky BT

Christmas is going to be a bit different this year.

Even with the hope of relaxed restrictions, it's likely that for many of us, large family gatherings will be replaced by virtual get-togethers, and nights out at pubs and parties will be swapped for nights in with a boxset.

And what does this mean? Our internet connections are going to be more important than ever.

So why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present by upgrading to a fantastic new broadband deal? If your current contract is coming to an end - or maybe it ran out a while back and you haven't got round to sorting it yet - now is the perfect time to start shopping.

There's loads of festive offers on right now, and if you act quickly there's still time to get connected before the holiday season kicks off.

You can even sign up to a premium TV service, so you can catch the latest movies, the hottest new shows, and enjoy the Premier League's hectic Christmas schedule.

  • Sign up to Virgin Media by 9th December for guaranteed installation by Christmas. You can get both broadband and TV, and activation is free - saving you £35!
  • You can still get Sky TV bundles up and running in time for Christmas.
  • For other TV and broadband bundles, check out the latest deals from BT and TalkTalk - TalkTalk packages still come with the promise of no mid-contract price rises.
  • Plusnet have seasonal offers available until 16th December.
  • You can get NOW Broadband with a range of TV Passes, covering your choice of entertainment, movies and sports.

When choosing a new broadband deal, always make sure you pick the right speed for your household. Put simply, the more people in it, the faster you need. So while one person making a video call or watching Netflix can get away with a relatively low speed, a few people all doing the same together will need much faster.

And keep in mind any large downloads you need to make. For example, games for the Playstation 5 or new Xbox consoles typically start at around 50GB, and can be double that. To make things a little easier, schedule these downloads to happen overnight, so they're ready and waiting the following morning.

You'll have to hurry if you want to get your broadband set up in time for Christmas. Use our postcode checker to find the best broadband bargains available where you live right now.

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Lockdown Lessons Report

How internet use surged and workers became more productive during lockdown

Posted on 2020-10-09 15:17 in Features TalkTalk

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. The deals also all include TalkTalk's fixed price guarantee, with no mid-contract price rises.

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. TalkTalk's fixed price guarantee only applies to the broadband part of your deal, so the amount you pay for the TV service may change.

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.

  • Fixed price guarantee - All of TalkTalk's broadband deals come with a fixed price guarantee, meaning no mid-contract price rises. However, note that this applies only to broadband. Any other services you take, like TV, are not covered by the same terms.
  • 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. The fixed price guarantee makes them even more competitive.

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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