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
£26.95 for 18 months
£32.00 thereafter

£9.95 upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 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
£33.00 for 18 months
£33.95 thereafter

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 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
£29.00 for 18 months
£29.95 thereafter

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 77Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 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 2024-01-18

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
  • Annual CPI increase - prices for broadband (and any other addons, such as line, call plans and call charges) increase by the Consumer Price Index in April of each year plus 3.7%, and then each April onwards

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 739 customer ratings since 2023-03-03. 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
    2.9 stars
  • Reliability
    2.9 stars

Based on 739 customer ratings since 2023-03-03

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Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Rubish customer service, all lies, fake promises, been trying to solve my issue for two weeks , didn’t get sorted, everyday had to spent 2 hours on chat to be able to discuss and explain the situation but they transfer to a different department and never get sorted, i asked manager to call back they gave me 24 hours to call, but now its 5 days never get any call, i called again and asked for the manager, i have been told manager will definitely call but after another day i never received any call, sent email to make a complain, they said someone will contact me but after a week still waiting for the reply, never ever going to be a talk talk customer again, never recommend
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Newcastle upon Tyne TalkTalk  
Absolutely rubbish service. Going round in circles constantly. I live in a small bungalow and have constantly been online to the chat trying to resolve the slow/No internet. They tried to make me pay £85 for an extender. I've had engineers out and their resolutions made zero difference. I have now requested a call back to close the account. I even upgraded my mobile phone to try and resolve the issue but this has made no difference at all. There are 2 mobile phones only in the house that use the wifi. No gaming consoles or smart tv. Rubbish rubbish rubbish. Would not recommend
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Singleton TalkTalk  
For anyone who is thinking of taking up the offer of Fibre To The Premises - let me share my experience of incompetence and unacceptable customer support from Talktalk.

In November 2023 I signed up to Talktalk full fibre 150 with VoIP - The initial, agreed, FTTP installation had to be rescheduled due to TT failing to dispatch the necessary new router in time. On the new day of installation, it was discovered that TT had not included the Digital Voice Adaptor, which is needed to provide access to VoIP for my house telephone. TT assured me that one would be expedited - it took 5 days to arrive, during which, we had no home telephone connection.
After two days of good Internet, and telephone operation, our telephone connection
developed a fault - we could neither make nor receive calls.
Throught December 23, I spent numerous (unsuccess) frustrating hours on online text chat, and telephone conversations, with different TT support staff members, with promises to log the ongoing fault for further investigation. I was promised follow up calls, from Managers, and a new router - none of which ever materialised.
The TT staff I interfaced with were polite and friendly - but, incompetent. Because when I finally connected to someone who knew what they were doing, the problem was fixed within minutes.

Bottom line is - we were without a telephone for much of December 23.

I have been a Talk talk customer for several years - but, this experience has left me totally disenchanted with them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Aberdeen TalkTalk  
Would not recommend this provider to anyone. Customer service poor and complaints department can even hang up on a customer.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South East England TalkTalk  
I moved to a new apartment and I have NOT been able to connect to the Internet since 11/12/23, I correspond in WhatSAPP, Messenger and with the manager on the TalkTalk website, as a result I remain without the Internet until January 3. Even though I don't use the Internet, I continue to pay the bill. I am sure that at the end of the contract I will change to another provider!
I would NOT recommend this company to anyone!
Coventry TalkTalk  
By pass this company they installed wifi but never reconnected my phone so cost me £3000
So I will take talk talk to court to recover monies and change providers.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Uk TalkTalk  
I've been with TalkTalk far too long. A submitted a Trustpilot Review last year speaking of their abject failures at Customer Service and their promises that they simply don't keep. Try to resign and they give you a 'Credit' and a new contract that merely locks you into them again. I copied and paste my complaints from last year and TalkTalk copied and pasted their same derisory reply.
Stinking, odious Company.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bristol TalkTalk  
Terrible customer service, can't even understand there accents, also every month my bill was more than I expected even tho I was told I was on a fixed monthly payment amount. Was charged for extras I never got or asked for !!!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Leeds TalkTalk  
"Please avoid the same mistake I made with Talktalk. They can ruin your experience. After the contract ends, when you leave Talktalk, they might generate a small invoice under the admin heading. If you attempt to pay online, they might block the payment completion. Eventually, they'll involve a recovery company and report to the credit record agency (equifax.co.uk).

I completely terminated my association with Talktalk on May 7th. I ensured that everything was in order and specifically inquired if any further actions were required. They assured me that everything was settled, and I was disconnected. However, just two days later, they generated a minor invoice for an admin fee of £8.72. I tried to pay it promptly due to its small amount but was unable to proceed as they had already partially blocked my Talktalk account.

Subsequently, they engaged a recovery company, and I received a letter. I immediately settled the payment of £25. Despite this, Talktalk reported this incident to the credit records, severely impacting my mortgage application process. I've made numerous calls to Talktalk, but their unhelpful and unfriendly demeanor persists.

While I subscribed to Talktalk for broadband services, I never received the promised broadband speed that I paid for.

In my opinion, Talktalk's business practices lack ethical standards. I strongly urge the financial ombudsman to investigate Talktalk's services to prevent others from becoming victims like myself."
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
Ashford TalkTalk  
Avoid this company at all costs. I have specifically made an account just to write this review in the hopes people will avoid this company. Our account is in my partner’s name but I have been dealing with the ongoing issues we have been having with TalkTalk.

To start this review off, I had booked Monday 27th November off work to be around for a CityFibre engineer that was booked in to change our line to fibre in the AM slot of the day (8:00-13:00) which we had been informed about by a TalkTalk letter and several emails and texts. On Monday at 14:00, after waiting around all morning for a no show engineer, I decided contact TalkTalk about this and to see where the engineer was via chat. As I go to do this, and out of interest, I check our broadband speeds through the TalkTalk account as our internet as been slow. I then find out that our speeds are at 8Mbps rather than the guaranteed speeds we are paying for of 29Mbps. So I now had two issues to resolve with them over chat. After nearly 2 hours of back and fourth I get confirmation of:

1. There is a fault with our external line outside of our home which is causing this issues with our broadband speeds but not to worry, they will get an Openreach engineer out to fix this first thing the next day AM slot again (Tuesday 28th November 8:00-13:00)
2. They are really sorry but the engineer just won’t be turning up today due to more work being required before they can install. When I queried when and how this had been communicated to us so that I didn’t have to book a day off, all I got was that they were sorry this wasn’t communicated to us and that CityFibre will be in touch by end of day 4th December to rearrange the appointment

So now we get to Tuesday 28th November where my partner has stayed home for the Openreach engineer that will be showing up to fix our faulty external line. Unfortunately, yet again, no engineer turns up. Back onto the chat I go to query this again. After another painful hour of back and fourth I then get informed that the booking was not successful. So again, I query who communicated this to us so that we didn’t have to wait around at home for yet another no show engineer. Yet again, all I got was empty apologies for the lack of communication. They then very kindly rebooked this engineer visit for today, Thursday 30th November AM slot 8:00-13:00. I go online this morning to confirm it is all booked in okay as since this was booked and confirmed as booked in the chat, we haven’t had any confirmation of the visit. Again, after a relatively quick 30 min chat, I am assured the engineer is booked. I decided to contact Openreach directly just to see if they have an appointment booked for today at my address, to my surprise, no appointment had been booked. And so, for the fourth time this week, I go back onto the chat with TalkTalk (with each chat transcript being emailed to my partner so we have an official log of all of this) only to have them give me empty apologies for lying to me after yet another hour of slow back and fourth.

I have now tried to raise an official complaint and to be truthful, I don’t think it has actually been logged. I am also now currently waiting on a call back from a manager within 24 to 48 hours time… This is if they even bother to ring me! But trust me, if they ring or if they don’t, this review will be updated either way.

So, we are currently running on a broadband that is not running on the speeds we are paying for, and we are waiting for some elusive engineers to turn up and fix the line TalkTalk have admitted themselves is faulty and install our new fibre line.

All in all disgusting service but at least they are consistent in lying and wasting my time. I have informed them that in the meantime, while I wait for a call back from this manager, I will be scouring through Ofcom and our contract with them to see what our options are with paying for a service and a “guaranteed speed” that TalkTalk are currently aware they are not fulfilling and have made no attempt to fix.

This is our first time with TalkTalk and without a doubt, it will be our last.. Don’t make the same mistake we did by choosing this company.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Poole TalkTalk  

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Virgin Media outed by Ofcom as the most complained-about broadband provider

Posted by Andy Betts on in NewsBTSkyPlusnetTalkTalkVirgin MediaEEVodafone

Ofcom's latest figures on broadband complaints are out - and it's bad news for Virgin Media. The company has rocketed to the top of the list as the major broadband supplier that gets the highest rate of complaints.

The report covers January to March this year, and counted the number of complaints made to Ofcom about providers with a market share of 1.5% or more.

It shows that Virgin Media generated 33 complaints per 100,000 customers, an increase of 20 in just a year. That puts them a long way ahead - or should that be behind - the next two worst performers, with Vodafone and TalkTalk both getting 24 complaints. Vodafone had been the worst ranking provider in six of the last seven quarters. Plusnet also generated complaint levels above the industry average.

And that's not the end of the bad news for Virgin Media. They also racked up the highest complaint levels for their landline service (19 per 100,000) and their pay TV service (17 per 100,000), and were second worst for mobile (5 per 100,000) behind Three.

The biggest reason why customers complained to Ofcom about Virgin Media was failings in the broadband provider's own complaints handling system - amounting to 39% in total. A third complained about faults and issues with the service, and a further 13% about billing problems.

Industry-wide, faults, service and provisioning issues accounted for 42% of reports, followed by complaints handling and billing.

Sky and EE were the least complained-about providers, generating just seven apiece. They've been in the top two positions for the last two years. The only other provider to beat the industry average was BT, with 15.

In good news for the industry overall, the average number of complaints has more than halved over the last decade, from 40 per 100,000 in the first quarter of 2011, to 19 now. The numbers are up from a record low of 10 in Q2 of last year, perhaps in part a consequence of pandemic disruption and the increasing importance of internet access for work, school and entertainment.

Broadband complaints per 100,000 customers

  • EE: 7
  • Sky: 7
  • BT: 15
  • Industry average: 19
  • Plusnet: 21
  • Vodafone: 24
  • TalkTalk: 24
  • Virgin Media: 33

In pay TV, Virgin Media generated 17 complaints against an industry average of 6. Sky performed best with just two. For landlines, Virgin had 19 complaints, eight more than the average, and EE and Sky tied as best performers with five each.

Mobile complaints were largely flat, and at much lower levels. Three performed worst with six complaints, while Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile and EE had just one each.

Service reliability, billing, and complaint handling are important factors you should consider when choosing a new broadband provider. Our site contains thousands of customer ratings and reviews that can give you a true feel for how each provider performs. Currently, Zen top our list for customer satisfaction.

If you aren't happy with the service you're getting from your supplier, and you're coming to the end of your contract, it's easy to switch. Use our postcode checker to find the best broadband deal available in your area today.

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7 myths about UK broadband busted

Posted by Andy Betts on in FeaturesCuckooVirgin MediaNOW BroadbandBTSkyVodafoneTalkTalk

There are so many well established ideas about broadband and switching broadband providers that get repeated again and again.

The trouble is, many of them are wrong - and they're costing you money.

Switching suppliers can easily save you a hundred pounds or more every year, and if you're stuck on a slow internet package when you need something much faster, it doesn't have to cost you a fortune to upgrade.

So here are some of the biggest myths about broadband, and the truth that you need to know.

"Fibre is fibre - all fibre broadband is the same"

While fibre broadband is used as a catch-all term, it encompasses very different things.

Most of us are using something called fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband. This is where the ultrafast fibre cables carry your broadband signal as far as your nearest street cabinet - that green box down the end of your road. The connection from the cabinet to you house is over the old copper telephone cables. These are a lot slower, and the signal degrades the further it has to travel, which is why a house on one of the street can get very different performance levels to one at the other end.

There's now a big push to roll out "full fibre" broadband, which is also known as fibre-to-the-home. Here, the fibre cables run right up to your house. The result is that the speeds are much, much faster and the service is more reliable.

"There's no benefit to upgrading to ultrafast broadband"

A recent survey found that one of the main things that stopped people from upgrading to ultrafast or full fibre broadband was the belief that it didn't really offer any benefits. But there are many.

The main one, obviously, is that you get much faster download speeds. Our internet use is skyrocketing - Ofcom's recent Communications Market Report shows that the average household now burns through 429GB of data each month, an increase of 36% on the previous year. Even if you think you don't need faster speeds right now, you will do soon.

On top of that, you get vastly quicker upload speeds, which will be essential if the working from home revolution continues. The service should be more reliable, too, as you won't have to deal with line faults on the old telephone cables.

And it's also better value for money: currently, you pay the same price for your broadband as your neighbour down the street, yet you could be receiving a much slower service. That's far less of an issue with full fibre.

"It's too much hassle to switch providers"

By now it's well established that those of us who are willing to switch providers will get a better and cheaper deal than those who stick with the same provider for a long time.

Why don't more people switch? Because it's seen as too much hassle. But it really isn't.

If you move between two providers on the Openreach network - which includes almost all the main providers, including BT, TalkTalk, Sky, Vodafone, Plusnet and so on - then the one you are moving to will handle the entire switchover process for you. You won't have to do anything, and the whole process should be done within a couple of weeks.

Granted, it is a little more complicated to switch to or from a provider that uses a different infrastructure, like Virgin Media, as you may need an engineer to come and install it. But these companies are now set up to make even this part as easy as possible.

"You'll lose internet access when you switch"

Another reason people are reluctant to switch is that they assume they'll be left without internet access while it happens. This is another myth.

Generally speaking, your old service gets turned off as your new service gets switched on and you might be disconnected for a few minutes in between, but nothing more dramatic than that. If you're switching to or from Virgin Media, you can even arrange an overlap where your new service is connected before your old one is turned off.

"You always have to sign a long contract"

Something that puts off a lot of people when they're looking at broadband deals is the prospect of having to commit to a long contract.

In fact, you don't have to. NOW Broadband, Virgin Media, and newcomer Cuckoo are among the providers that offer no-contract deals. You have to pay a little more on the activation fee up front, but this might be worth it for the flexibility of being able to cancel at any time. These deals can be especially worth it for students or anyone who's planning to move house in the near future.

Most suppliers offer 12 month contract options as well. And keep in mind that if your reluctance to sign a long deal is through the worry that you'll be stuck with something you aren't happy with, then there are ways you can quit a contract without charge. If your broadband speed constantly underperforms, for example, and your supplier cannot fix it, or if they put your prices up by more than the amount in agreed in your contract.

"It's too complicated to find a better deal"

There are a lot broadband suppliers in the UK, and they offer a lot of deals between them. Trying to figure out the differences can be tricky, especially if you aren't that tech savvy.

But it needn't be that complicated. We make it easy for you to compare all the latest broadband deals, and you can filter them based on whatever you want most. So, you can see the cheapest deals, or the fastest deals, or just the fibre packages, or those that offer broadband without a contract.

And if you then sort them further by speed or first year cost, you'll very quickly narrow your list of options down to just a few packages.

"Faster broadband always costs more"

While it's natural to assume that upgrading to faster broadband will cost you more, it isn't necessarily so.

If you're in a coverage area, you can get full fibre from Hyperoptic (at the slower 30Mb speed) at a rate normally reserved for the old, standard broadband deals; you can upgrade to a faster 67Mb plan from OneStream for just £22.50 a month; or you can burst through the 100Mb barrier with Vodafone for just £26 a month. These are some pretty keen prices, that make faster broadband more accessible than you might have expected.

So, now you know the truth about broadband and how to upgrade, are you ready to start shopping? Use our postcode checker to discover the best broadband deals available where you live.

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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. 
  • Annual CPI increase - prices for broadband (and any other addons, such as line, call plans and call charges) increase by the Consumer Price Index in April of each year plus 3.7%, and then each April onwards
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