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, and TV - 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 as you want it.
Let’s have a closer look at what packages there are to choose from.
- Fast Broadband - 11Mbps average speed, great for browsing, email, and social media.
- Fibre Broadband - Offers a choice of average speeds of 35Mbps, 63Mbps or 150Mbps, making it good for big households or for streaming video.
All TalkTalk 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 some internet security in the form of HomeSafe and SuperSafe - the full SuperSafe Boost is available if you want to protect more than one device.
The Fast Broadband package comes with a TalkTalk Super Router, while fibre broadband packages include a WiFi Hub, which tailors speeds based on specific devices.
TalkTalk home phone
TalkTalk home phone is quite limited. There’s just one basic package, line rental with pay-as-you-go calls, and it’s only available with broadband - not as line rental on its own.
However, that package comes with some pretty cool bonuses, like calling features, and it’s 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 Unlimited UK Calls, and boosts for international calling minutes.
Once you’ve got your broadband and home phone picked out, it’s time to look at TV.
TalkTalk’s TV packages can be bundled in with their broadband too. There are two main options:
- TV - comes with a TalkTalk TV box, 70+ free-to-air channels, pause and rewind but no recording
- TV Plus - comes with a YouView+ box so you can pause, rewind, and record 200+ hours of live TV, and 13+ extra entertainment channels included as standard on top of the usual free-to-air ones
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, Asian Boost for Bollywood movies and Indian TV, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, and more.
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
- Fibre broadband has superfast download speeds, with average speeds of 63Mb
- Plenty of broadband and phone deals available.
- Can change your package at any point, though this means re-contracting
- 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 rolling monthly Boosts
- TV2Go app lets you access your TV from anywhere with Wi-Fi
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
- Longish 24 month contracts
- Even faster broadband is available from other providers, such as Virgin Media
- No broadband-only option - a TalkTalk phone line is required
- No landline-only or TV-only options either - all are only available with broadband
- TV doesn’t have as many channels available as some other providers, in particular 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
For more info, take a look at our full TalkTalk broadband review.
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