TalkTalk packages - what are my options?
Need a bit of everything, but don’t want to break the bank? Take a look at TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk). As ‘quad-play’ providers go - that is, companies that offer broadband, home phone, TV, and mobile - TalkTalk’s among the cheapest and the simplest.
A basic TalkTalk bundle has broadband and home phone. Then on top of that, you can add TV and mobile packages as you want them.
Let’s have a closer look at what packages there are to choose from.
A TalkTalk package starts with a choice of broadband. It offers three main options, which are:
- Simply Broadband - Up to 17Mb download speed, great for browsing, email, and social media.
- Fibre Medium - Fibre optic, with up to 38Mb download speeds, making it good for big households or for streaming video.
- Fibre Large - The fastest fibre optic package, with up to 76Mb download speeds, perfect for avid Netflix fans, hardcore gamers, and large, busy households.
Don’t worry if the broadband you choose doesn’t quite cut it - TalkTalk allows you to upgrade to the next package up at any time.
All its packages include unlimited downloads, so you can browse and download without worrying about a usage cap, and are truly unlimited, so TalkTalk won’t slow your connection even at peak times. You’ll also get one of TalkTalk’s Super Routers, with their top-notch wireless signal, and some internet security in the form of HomeSafe. The Super Safe Boost is also available if security is a concern.
Sadly, landline-free broadband isn’t available from TalkTalk - a TalkTalk phone line is required. So your next step is to take a look at your home phone options.
TalkTalk home phone
TalkTalk home phone is quite limited. There’s just one basic package, and it’s only available with broadband - not as line rental on its own.
However, that package comes with some pretty cool bonuses, like free calls to other TalkTalk landlines, and the Talk2Go app for iOS or Android, which lets you transfer your landline minutes to your mobile.
And as well as that, it’s very, very flexible. ‘Boosts’ can be added and removed on a rolling monthly basis, meaning you can get extra features whenever you need them. These include the Anytime UK Calls Boost, the International Calls Boost, and the Calling Features Boost - for things like call waiting, three-way calling, ring back, and so on.
Once you’ve got your broadband and home phone picked out, it’s time to look at TV and mobile.
TalkTalk’s TV packages can be bundled in with their broadband too. There are two main options:
- Essentials TV - free YouView box, 70+ free-to-air channels, pause and rewind but no recording
- Plus TV - free YouView+ box so you can pause, rewind, and record 200+ hours of live TV, and seven extra Sky entertainment channels included as standard
Both packages also include seven-day catch up from services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD, and so on. You’ll also get access to Netflix, with the option to include a subscription in your monthly TalkTalk bill, and the TV2Go app - so you can watch on demand TV from your phone or tablet whenever you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
Again, they’re very flexible. Although there’s only two basic options, both can have a number of Boosts added on for extra bunches of channels, letting you tailor your TV exactly how you like it. And since they’re on monthly rolling subscriptions too, you can add and remove them at any point.
Boosts include the Entertainment Boost, Kids Boost for more kids TV, Star TV Boost for Bollywood movies and Indian reality TV, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, and more.
At the moment, TalkTalk has just one mobile plan - the All-in SIM - but it’s a pretty good one.
It’s a SIM-only plan that gives you unlimited calls, texts, and data for a really low price, making it one of the best value unlimited mobile deals in the UK by a long mile. And it’s a 30 day plan, meaning you won’t be tied into a long term contract.
You can grab up to five SIMS (and two handsets) per household if you’re already a TalkTalk broadband and home phone customer - and if you sign up for Plus TV, you’ll get a SIM thrown in free of charge too. This one, however, isn’t unlimited, with 100 minutes, 250 texts, and 200MB data per month.
What’s good about TalkTalk packages?
- Affordable - one of the cheapest broadband and TV providers in UK, in fact
- ‘Quad-play,’ so you can lump broadband, home phone, TV, and mobile into one easy monthly bill
- Lots of options to save money - get discounts by paying a year’s landline upfront, paying your bill speedily, or paying by direct debit
- Fibre broadband has superfast download speeds, up to 76Mb
- Broadband is truly unlimited, with no download limits or web traffic management
- Can upgrade package to include faster internet at any time
- TV packages are incredibly flexible, with Boosts and rolling monthly subscriptions
- TV2Go and Talk2Go apps let you access your minutes and on demand TV from anywhere with Wi-Fi
- Free mobile SIM with Plus TV package
- All-in SIM is one of the best value unlimited mobile plans in the country
What’s bad about TalkTalk packages?
- Fibre broadband not available everywhere - use our postcode checker to see if you can get it in your area
- Long contracts, with 18 months the shortest available
- Even faster broadband is available from other providers, such as Virgin Media and Hyperoptic
- No broadband-only option - TalkTalk phone line will need to be installed, which can be a hassle
- No landline-only, TV-only, or mobile-only options either - all are only available with broadband
- TV doesn’t have as many channels available as some other providers, like Sky or Virgin Media
- TalkTalk has weaker customer service than other providers, according to Ofcom
- Multiple Boosts can add up and end up being costly