TalkTalk

TalkTalk is a leading provider of fast and reliable broadband and is committed to helping make Britain better off by offering the best value possible. TalkTalk customers can enjoy even better value with a range of flexible Boosts, each one designed to help customers tailor their package to their specific needs. From Global Minutes, to Anytime Calls, Calling Features and Mobile Minutes, all you have to do is pick the Boosts that suit you best.
Today's best deal - SimplyBroadband no calls package
  • + Free calls between TalkTalk customers.
  • + No other calls included, pay for what you use and nothing more.
  • + Free connection for switchers or £25 connection charge for new line installations.
  • + Line rental £14.35 a month if you pay for a year upfront, otherwise £15.95 a month.
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Digital Television

Broadband and TV

Many broadband providers also offer a digital TV service, with Sky and Virgin Media the two most recognisable. But as our broadband becomes quicker and more reliable, many other providers are able to offer a digital TV service that's delivered via a broadband connection, including the popular on demand services.

The available channels and services do vary from provider to provider and package to package, so it's worth checking the detail on your chosen package to see what's on offer. Check the compare button on our results table for up to five different packages to see what channels are on offer, side-by-side.

Fibre Optic

Often referred to as "superfast broadband", fibre optic offers most UK households the fastest available broadband speeds.

Instead of using the copper telephone network, which is how most ADSL broadband is delivered, superfast is transmitted through fibre optic cables. The signal doesn't degrade using fibre optic cables, which means speeds are much faster. Whereas ADSL can offers speeds of up to 16 Mbps (Megabits per second), we're looking at a minimum of 38 Mbps with fibre.

Virgin Media offers the fastest fibre speeds, in excess of 100 Mbps in some cases and is the widest available provider in the UK at the moment. But Sky, Plusnet, Primus, EE and BT as well as some other providers also offer the service.

Unlimited Broadband

Unlimited means that the broadband you receive at home will have no caps on usage or downloads.

This means that whenever you want to use the internet, for downloading, streaming or just general browsing, you can do so without ever worrying about incurring extra charges.

Some providers have been known to implement traffic management on their networks, meaning that the speed of a user's broadband is controlled during peak times and this could be the case even with unlimited broadband. It's worth checking with your provider for more information on traffic management.

Anytime Calls

If you want to have the cost of local and national landline calls included in your broadband package, click this button. Anytime covers your local and national calls during the daytime, evening and at weekends, which means you won't pay extra on your monthly bill for making calls. However some providers will charge for 0870 and 0845 calls, and international calls will also be charged, so do check the details of the package to see what's included.

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How to understand your usage

Your broadband usage, measured in megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB), can be a puzzling subject to fully understand. It's not easy to be truly accurate with how much broadband you're consuming on a monthly basis.

That's why we've cut through the technical jargon by creating three different types of broadband user. Simply match your activities to one of the user types below:

Light users A single user, or perhaps there's two of you, who like to browse the internet, send emails and maybe download a few songs during the evenings and at weekends. Browsing, email, iTunes
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Packages with 2GB of use or more

Medium users Perhaps you're a small family, or a couple who like to watch iPlayer or catch-up TV a few times a week, on top of the usual website browsing, email sending and occasional Skype calls. iPlayer, Skype
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Packages with 20GB or more

Heavy users You're either a large family or shared household. You like to stream TV or Netflix, perhaps play some online video games and generally enjoy living in a connected world. Steaming TV or Movies, gaming
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Packages with unlimited usage

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How to understand the different broadband speeds

There are three different types of broadband speeds that are available to you when you take out a new deal. These are ADSL, fibre and superfast fibre.

ADSL

ADSL is broadband that's delivered into your house via a telephone line and used by the majority of households in Britain.

These deals offer speeds of up to 16 megabits per second (Mb). ADSL broadband is generally fast enough for you to stream television without too much buffering or pausing and certainly fast enough for day-to-day internet browsing and emailing.

Fibre

Using fibre optic cables to transfer data, you can achieve speeds of up to 38Mb with a fibre broadband connection.

You will happily watch live TV and play online video games with a fibre broadband connection offering minimal delays or lags.

Superfast fibre

Superfast refers to fibre optic broadband connections with speeds over 38Mb.

You may opt for a superfast fibre broadband connection if you require large downloads delivered to you quickly, or were a regular player of online video games that needed a faster than average connection in order to play seamlessly.

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TalkTalk £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 12m half price, then £3.50 a month. SimplyBroadband no calls package Up to 16 Mb per second Unlimited Unltd £1.75 Per month + £15.95 line rental Go to site

Package costs

Monthly £3.50
Setup £5.00
Offer  £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 12m half price, then £3.50 a month.
1st year cost £26.00
Monthly line rental £15.95
1st year inc. line rental £217.40
Contract length 12 months
You can choose to pay 12 months line rental in advance for £172.20, equivalent to a monthly price of £14.35.
Online exclusive: £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 12m half price, then £3.50 a month. 8 days left.
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TalkTalk £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £8.50 a month. Essentials TV, broadband and calls Up to 16 Mb per second Unlimited Unltd £4.25 Per month + £15.95 line rental Go to site

Package costs

Monthly £8.50
Setup £5.00
Offer  £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £8.50 a month.
1st year cost £81.50
Monthly line rental £15.95
1st year inc. line rental £272.90
Contract length 18 months
You can choose to pay 12 months line rental in advance for £172.20, equivalent to a monthly price of £14.35.
Online exclusive: £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £8.50 a month. 8 days left.
Online exclusive
TalkTalk £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. £6.75 a month for 12m, then £8.50. SimplyBroadband with Anytime UK Calls Boost Up to 16 Mb per second Unlimited Unltd £6.75 Per month + £15.95 line rental Go to site

Package costs

Monthly £8.50
Setup £5.00
Offer  £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. £6.75 a month for 12m, then £8.50.
1st year cost £86.00
Monthly line rental £15.95
1st year inc. line rental £277.40
Contract length 12 months
You can choose to pay 12 months line rental in advance for £172.20, equivalent to a monthly price of £14.35.
Online exclusive: £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. £6.75 a month for 12m, then £8.50. 8 days left.
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TalkTalk £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £13.50 a month. Superpowered Fibre no calls package Up to 38 Mb per second Unlimited Unltd £6.75 Per month + £15.95 line rental Go to site

Package costs

Monthly £13.50
Setup £5.00
Offer  £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £13.50 a month.
1st year cost £126.50
Monthly line rental £15.95
1st year inc. line rental £317.90
Contract length 18 months
You can choose to pay 12 months line rental in advance for £172.20, equivalent to a monthly price of £14.35.
Online exclusive: £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £13.50 a month. 8 days left.
Online exclusive
TalkTalk £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £18.50 a month. Plus TV, broadband and calls Up to 16 Mb per second Unlimited Unltd £9.25 Per month + £15.95 line rental Go to site

Package costs

Monthly £18.50
Setup £5.00
Offer  £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £18.50 a month.
1st year cost £171.50
Monthly line rental £15.95
1st year inc. line rental £362.90
Contract length 18 months
You can choose to pay 12 months line rental in advance for £172.20, equivalent to a monthly price of £14.35.
Online exclusive: £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £18.50 a month. 8 days left.
Online exclusive
TalkTalk £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £18.50 a month. Superpowered Fibre with Essentials TV Up to 38 Mb per second Unlimited Unltd £9.25 Per month + £15.95 line rental Go to site

Package costs

Monthly £18.50
Setup £5.00
Offer  £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £18.50 a month.
1st year cost £171.50
Monthly line rental £15.95
1st year inc. line rental £362.90
Contract length 18 months
You can choose to pay 12 months line rental in advance for £172.20, equivalent to a monthly price of £14.35.
Online exclusive: £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £18.50 a month. 8 days left.
Online exclusive
TalkTalk £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. £11.75 a month for 6m, then £18.50. Superpowered Fibre with Anytime UK Calls Boost Up to 38 Mb per second Unlimited Unltd £11.75 Per month + £15.95 line rental Go to site

Package costs

Monthly £18.50
Setup £5.00
Offer  £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. £11.75 a month for 6m, then £18.50.
1st year cost £186.50
Monthly line rental £15.95
1st year inc. line rental £377.90
Contract length 18 months
You can choose to pay 12 months line rental in advance for £172.20, equivalent to a monthly price of £14.35.
Online exclusive: £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. £11.75 a month for 6m, then £18.50. 8 days left.
Online exclusive
TalkTalk £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £28.50 a month. Superpowered Fibre with Plus TV and anytime calls Up to 38 Mb per second Unlimited Unltd £14.25 Per month + £15.95 line rental Go to site

Package costs

Monthly £28.50
Setup £5.00
Offer  £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £28.50 a month.
1st year cost £261.50
Monthly line rental £15.95
1st year inc. line rental £452.90
Contract length 18 months
You can choose to pay 12 months line rental in advance for £172.20, equivalent to a monthly price of £14.35.
Online exclusive: £120 shopping voucher exclusive to new customers who purchase online and who don't require a new telephone line or telephone number. 6m half price, then £28.50 a month. 8 days left.
Online exclusive
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Talk Talk broadband

Prior to TalkTalk's 'free broadband' offer in 2006, broadband was comparatively expensive with many internet users remaining on dial-up. However, the free broadband deal prompted thousands of surfers to make their move - so many in fact, that TalkTalk, part of the Carphone Warehouse group, struggled to cope with the level of interest and services suffered as a result.

Now however, TalkTalk has re-established itself. It has won back customers by earning recognition for the quality of its service and it remains one of the cheapest providers around.

Its deals are based on users moving their phone services over to the company. If you do that, then the TalkTalk broadband is 'free'.

Who is Talk Talk broadband ideal for?

The choice with TalkTalk is not based on broadband - all deals are the same from a broadband perspective. Instead, choosing a TalkTalk package should be based on your phone usage with Talk Global Anytime slightly more expensive based as you can make calls all day long for the fixed fee. Plus landline calls are also free between TalkTalk customers at any time.

What do you need to get Talk Talk broadband?

  • You must have a BT landline - it is not available to cable customers.
  • You will need a USB modem or router - a free wired modem is available with the TalkTalk packages and a wireless router can be bought from the company at £20.
  • PC users will need Windows 98 or higher, while Mac users require 8/9 or higher or Mac OSX.

What else does Talk Talk broadband have to offer?

You can have your wireless router set up by the Geek Squad for a cost of just £9.99 - a welcome boost for anyone who is uncomfortable with computers.

There is also a 30day trial offer meaning that you can simply cancel your chosen package if you are not happy with it as long as you do so within 30 days.

This certainly removes the element of risk from signing up to a TalkTalk contract. TalkTalk has responded favourably to criticism of its service after the explosion of interest surrounding its free broadband offer in 2006. Many customers who were perhaps frustrated with the company at that point should feel encouraged to give the provider another chance after it scooped a number of industry awards and with its 30day trial offer effectively giving you a 'get-out' clause if you're not happy.

This is a welcome reassurance from a provider that is battling back with excellent deals and good service.

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