italk Broadband Buyers Guide

Truly unlimited broadband packages with long two year guaranteed low price fixed terms

  • Two years fixed price guarantee on all packages
  • UK-based customer care
  • Truly unlimited broadband
  • Range of call packages

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italk Simply Broadband
£21.99 per month
24 month contract

£12.95 upfront cost

  • Ending £70 Amazon gift card
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 12Mb average download speed
  • 1Mb average upload speed
  • 2 years fixed price
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 24 month contract

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italk Fast Fibre
£30.49 per month
24 month contract

£12.95 upfront cost

  • First month free!
  • 35Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 2 years fixed price
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 24 month contract
 

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italk Superfast Fibre
£35.49 per month
24 month contract

£12.95 upfront cost

  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 2 years fixed price
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 24 month contract

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Details last checked on 2022-09-29

Reasons to choose italk Broadband

  • UK-based customer care - get support from a UK-based customer care team, including the option to request a free callback
  • Truly unlimited broadband as standard - all packages come with truly unlimited usage that won't be artificially slowed
  • Fibre packages available - average speeds of 35Mb and 53Mb available in enabled areas
  • Phone service included - choose between a range of inclusive call packages including a low priced international calling option
  • Long fixed terms - your price is guaranteed for two years, one of the longest fixed price guarantees on the market
  • Free setup, equipment and activation - your only upfront cost is postage for your free router

Possible downsides

  • No 24 hour support - customer care only available during office hours, 9am to 7pm on weekdays, 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday, closed Sundays
  • No freephone support - customer care calls are charged at local rate, although email or booked callbacks are also available
  • N-rated routers - the free router uses the 802.11n wireless standard, rather than the newer 802.11ac standard, so may slow down with distance
  • No out of network area ADSL
  • No standalone broadband - line rental has to be taken from italk
  • Not the cheapest - other providers may offer lower promotional prices, albeit with shorter fixed terms
  • No frills service - the service comes with few extras, and there's no option to add a TV bundle

Features at a glance

  • Average 10Mb standard broadband, 35Mb and 53Mb Fibre download speeds

  • 24 month guaranteed low price fixed terms

  • Truly unlimited usage on all packages

  • Only pay postage up front, unless you need a new line installed

  • UK-based customer support open 9am to 7pm on weekdays, 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday, closed Sundays

  • Free N-rated router with all packages

  • Add evening & Weekend Calls for £2 per month, Anytime Calls for £7 per month and International Calls for £1.50 per month

  • italk Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

1.8 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 100 customer ratings since 2020-02-22. See more italk 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 italk.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    1.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    1.9 stars
  • Speed
    1.6 stars
  • Reliability
    1.7 stars

Based on 100 customer ratings since 2020-02-22

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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.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
I have to re set the Wi-Fi at least 3 times a day!!! Emailed and got no reply . Charged £85 for a bill that is £35. Do not use this company
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Slough italk  
Do not use this for anything they are no help you pay you bill and they still try to take money out of your bank account.do not use them they need report.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dudley italk  
I live on a pension and can’t afford any more than I pay. I really am not paying for broadband it drops out continuously. Customer service ring me and say all ok but I could increase my payments by £10 and get a better service. Stuck in this contract and paying for a totally rubbish service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Kendal italk  
Second review. Disgrace of a company, twice they have gone into my account ancd taken money even though my direct debit is cancelled, this is scary how do they do this? They are now saying I owe them £70 for not returning the router (I did with pleasure) and until I do the emails texts and calls at leat 8 a day will continue. I will be taking legal action PLEASE DO NOT EVER USE
London italk  
Don't ever be late paying them they bombard you to death otherwise.
castleford italk  
Absolutely cowboys! They spoke to my 85yr old mother who suffers with dementia, over the phone and signed her up for a 2 yr contract, when I contacted them to complain and cancel contract they said she would have to pay £185 exit fee!!!
I was on the phone for nearly an hour with 3 different people, all unhelpful talking round in circles , how can this contract be lawful when they were talking to a person who had no idea what they were signing up for?!!! Do not touch this company with a barge pole
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cumbria italk  
I took out broadband with italk which turned out to be a huge mistake, speeds were not existent, customer service absolutely horrendous, steal money from your account so I left them, now 3 years later and they still keep setting up direct debits on my account for different amounts ranging from £2.00 to £1⁰0 which just get cancelled straight away.
Really do avoid this company if you know what s good for you, I would rather go with no Internet than use this rip off company.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South Shields italk  
What a dreadful bunch these are. I cancelled my direct debit as I didnt have enough to meet the payment that month and they have constantly bombarded me with texts and emails sometimes up to 8 a day. So fsar this morning in 10 minutes I have had 4. I asked them to change the payment date they told me no they cant do that. I ve left them but when they knew I was leaving someone rang me to tell me I coudlnt do that there was still 14 days left on the contract and funnily enough offered to change my payment date. I told them no way was I staying and he got threatening then saying that I would owe them a cancellation fee of £200 my answer to that was good luck getting it. Also my broadband increased from 19.99 to £30 - a ridiculous price and it doesnt even work upstairs in my house did they care - NO

Terrible terrible people never eveer use them anyone
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London italk  
I was called while at work with the NHS by a very pushy salesman who would not shut up even though I kept saying it was not convenient as I was working and could not have a conversation In the end I just put the phone down which I don't like doing but had to as he would not stop talking, would have been better if he was polite enough to ask if it was convenient to talk or when would be a good time? Having read all the other comments on here I wont even pick it up if I get another call Thank you to all you people for your comments as they have been very useful
west sussex italk  
DISGUSTING COMPANY I cancelled in April and the bully who spoke to my husband said and I quote "oh we will keep taking money we'll just go about it in a different way" sure enough the b*****ds have taken £25 every week in June!!!! I've been in contact with my bank and raised it to fraud. BULLIES
Liverpool italk  

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italk Broadband Buyers Guide - Is italk right for you?

Can I get italk Broadband?

italk Broadband use the Openreach network to deliver fibre access to their customers. This makes the service available to well over 90% of UK homes, with only the most remote areas not covered.

For standard broadband, italk primarily use Vodafone's network. Coverage for this is a lot patchier. It's available to around 60% of the country, over 16 million homes, mostly in major cities and towns. If you aren't located within the coverage area, you won't be able to get their service.

Use our postcode checker to find out which of italk's broadband services are available where you live.

What packages are available?

italk offer three broadband packages. One is a standard broadband service, and the other two are for faster, fibre deals.

These are the three italk broadband deals:

  • Unlimited Broadband - unlimited standard broadband, with speeds averaging 10mb
  • Unlimited Fibre - the entry level fibre deal, offering average download speeds of 35mb and impressive 9mb upload speeds, completely unlimited
  • Unlimited Superfast Fibre - italk's fastest package, with 53mb average download speeds and 18mb upload speeds, completely unlimited

All of these packages come on a 24 month fixed price deal. While this is a long term commitment, the promise of no mid-contract price rises does give you the security of knowing exactly what you'll be paying for the next two years. There's also no activation fee.

You can add a call package to your broadband deal if you need one. Your options are for unlimited Anytime Calls, unlimited Evening & Weekend Calls, or cheap International Calls priced at 3p per minute for 21 countries. If you don't need a calls bundle you'll only pay for the calls you make.

Remember, though, that these are only the average speeds achieved across all of italk's users - it isn't a guarantee of what speed you'll get. For every customer that achieves 10mb or faster, there will be a similar number that get something slower. italk does give you a speed estimate before you sign up, so you know what you performance level you can expect.

Which package should I choose?

The package that's right for you depends on your needs, and how many people there are in your household.

For many households, fibre broadband is a must. This will enable you to stream TV over Netflix or BBC iPlayer, or download on demand movies from Sky, for example. It'll also allow several people to watch, browse, game, and work at the same time without interruption.

The mid-range Unlimited Fibre package offers good average download and upload speeds, so should be fine for most households. It will allow several family members to all be online at the same time without your speeds slowing down.

For the most demanding users, the Unlimited Superfast FIbre package is a better bet. This will guarantee uninterrupted performance for large families, or if you want to stream video in 4K. You might also want the faster service if you work from home and are reliant on your broadband speed and connection.

The Unlimited Broadband package is for smaller households with lower internet needs. It'll allow TV streaming for one person, plus general use like web and social media.

Other than that, you need to decide whether to add a call plan to your deal. This is entirely optional. If you don't add one you'll simply pay for each call you make from your landline phone. But if you make a lot of calls - especially international calls - then it may be worthwhile adding a plan for a little extra each month.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people in your house will be using the internet at the same time?
  • Are you willing (and able) to commit to a two year deal?
  • Are you in an italk coverage area?
  • Do you want extras, like premium TV channels?
  • Do you make lots of landline calls and would benefit from an inclusive calls package?

Compare the italk Broadband deals in more detail.

What do I get when I sign up?

It's important to know what else you get when you sign up. This lets you budget for any extras you may need to add yourself.

italk is a simple, no-nonsense service, so you don't get much in the way of extras. The essentials are covered, though:

  • Free router - You can get connected straight away with a free wireless router worth £99.
  • Customer support - Solve any problems quickly through italk's free customer support service. It's available 9am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday. You can also send an email and request a callback.
  • Pay as you go calls - Line rental is included, and call bundles are entirely optional. Under the basic service you only need to pay for the calls you make.

What are the benefits of italk Broadband?

Here are the main reasons why you should consider signing up to italk Broadband.

  • No price rises - All packages come with a fixed price guarantee. The price when you sign up is the price you'll pay for the entire length of your two year contract.
  • No setup fees or hidden costs - The only upfront payment is to cover the postage of your free router.
  • UK based customer service - Customer service is based in the UK and is available over the phone from Monday to Saturday, or via email. You can even request a callback so the company will contact you at a more convenient time.
  • Free router - You'll receive a free router worth £99 when you sign up.
  • Truly unlimited service - italk's three broadband packages are fully unlimited. You won't need to ration your usage, and you won't be artifically slowed down during peak hours (although speeds do still naturally vary depending on the time of day and how busy the network is).
  • Fast uploads - The fibre packages both offer impressive average upload speeds.

What are the drawbacks to italk Broadband?

Like the sound of italk? Here are some downsides to the service you need to know about before you sign up.

  • Long contracts - The contract length is two years on all of the broadband packages. There are no short term contracts available, so it may not be ideal for students or anyone in a short term let. If you prefer something shorter you should take a look at some of the other providers available in your region.
  • Limited support hours - Customer service hours are limited to 9am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday. It's not available at all on Sunday.
  • Few extras - This no frills services comes with no real extras beyond the wireless router. 
  • No TV options - Want to watch some premium TV channels? You'll need to get them separately from a different provider.
  • Basic router - The router is an older 802.11n model. While this should be okay if you're reasonably close, you might find that your internet speeds slow down the further you get away from where the router is positioned.
  • Not many reviews - You can get reassurance from other people's experiences of a provider. At the moment, italk has very few customer reviews you to check. Given the legnth of the contract required, this is something you may wish to factor in to you decision.
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