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.

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.
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  • + 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 £11.75 a month if you pay for a year upfront, otherwise £15.95 a month.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 SimplyBroadband Up to 16 Mb per second Unlimited £3.50 Per month + £11.75 line rental Go to site
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Monthly £3.50
Setup £30.00
1st year cost £72.00
Monthly line rental £11.75
1st year inc. line rental £213.00
Contract length 12 months
Line rental requires payment of 12 months upfront by a single debit card payment, otherwise charged at £15.95 per month.
 
TalkTalk Totally Unlimited Broadband with Essentials TV Up to 16 Mb per second Unlimited £6 Per month + £11.75 line rental Go to site
MoneySuperMarket Exclusive: £6 a month for 6m, then £8.50.

Package costs

Monthly £8.50
Setup Free
Offer  £6 a month for 6m, then £8.50.
1st year cost £87.00
Monthly line rental £11.75
1st year inc. line rental £228.00
Contract length 18 months
Line rental requires payment of 12 months upfront by a single debit card payment, otherwise charged at £15.95 per month.
 
TalkTalk SimplyBroadband with Anytime UK Calls Boost Up to 16 Mb per second Unlimited £9 Per month + £11.75 line rental Go to site
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Package costs

Monthly £9.00
Setup £30.00
1st year cost £138.00
Monthly line rental £11.75
1st year inc. line rental £279.00
Contract length 12 months
Line rental requires payment of 12 months upfront by a single debit card payment, otherwise charged at £15.95 per month.
 
TalkTalk Totally Unlimited Broadband with Plus TV and anytime Calls Up to 16 Mb per second Unlimited £13 Per month + £11.75 line rental Go to site
MoneySuperMarket Exclusive: £13 a month for 6m, then £18.50.

Package costs

Monthly £18.50
Setup Free
Offer  £13 a month for 6m, then £18.50.
1st year cost £189.00
Monthly line rental £11.75
1st year inc. line rental £330.00
Contract length 18 months
Line rental requires payment of 12 months upfront by a single debit card payment, otherwise charged at £15.95 per month.
 
TalkTalk Fibre with SimplyBroadband Up to 38 Mb per second Unlimited £13.50 Per month + £11.75 line rental Go to site
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Package costs

Monthly £13.50
Setup £30.00
1st year cost £192.00
Monthly line rental £11.75
1st year inc. line rental £333.00
Contract length 18 months
Line rental requires payment of 12 months upfront by a single debit card payment, otherwise charged at £15.95 per month.
 
TalkTalk Fibre with SimplyBroadband with Anytime UK Calls Boost Up to 38 Mb per second Unlimited £19 Per month + £11.75 line rental Go to site
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Package costs

Monthly £19.00
Setup £30.00
1st year cost £258.00
Monthly line rental £11.75
1st year inc. line rental £399.00
Contract length 18 months
Line rental requires payment of 12 months upfront by a single debit card payment, otherwise charged at £15.95 per month.
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