TalkTalk is perhaps best known as the one of the UK's leading value broadband and home phone bundle providers, with keenly priced services for standard broadband and fibre broadband customers.
However, alongside those core services, TalkTalk also offers an on-demand TV service and mobile phones, through TalkTalk Mobile. As with broadband and home phone from TalkTalk, TalkTalk's TV and mobile phone offerings are firmly pitched at cost-conscious consumers.
In this section, we'll take a look at what you get with TalkTalk's broadband and TV offering to see if they're right for you. And we'll cover TalkTalk Mobile mobile phone service too.
TalkTalk broadband and home phone
TalkTalk offers standard broadband and a faster fibre service, which feature headline speeds of 17Mbps and 38Mbps respectively. Both services run over 18-month contracts
Both options require a home phone landline, with the option to add extra calling features such as international calls for an additional monthly charge.
TalkTalk broadband customers also get a free TalkTalk Mobile SIM card when they sign up, which includes 500MB of data per month.
What does TalkTalk TV offer?
Like BT's TV service, TalkTalk uses the YouView box to deliver its TV service. This is a set top box that allows you to access the full suite of Freeview channels, streaming services such as LoveFilm and online TV services, such as BBC iPlayer and Demand 5, all of which are presented in a single, well designed user interface that makes it easy to see what's on and find what you want to watch.
The YouView box also means you can pause and rewind live TV and record up to 200 hours of programmes from FreeView channels. And of course, you can also catch-up on the last seven days of programming too.
If you want to add extra channels to your package, you can through TalkTalk's themed TV Boosts for an additional monthly charge. The Kids TV boost, for instance, bundles together channels from Disney and Nickelodeon, while the TV Starter Boost adds Sky 1 and 2, plus Sky Living and Sky Arts 1. You can also add Sky's sports and movies channels.
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TalkTalk TV pros and cons
One of the best things about TalkTalk's TV service is the price. TalkTalk's cheapest TV and broadband offering is just over £15 per month. What's more, when you add TV to your bundle, you'll get the set top box absolutely free.
There are also some fantastic specialist interest boosts that aren't up for grabs with other pay-TV providers, such as the Hindi Eros films boost.
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What's on offer with TalkTalk Mobile?
TalkTalk Mobile allows you to add a mobile phone to your bundle from as little as £5 per month. Phones on offer include models from the Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia and Nokia Lumia ranges, as well as simple phones specially designed for pensioners and older phone users.
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Why choose TalkTalk Mobile?
Sign up for a standalone mobile phone contract and you could be paying £40 or so per month for the latest models. Even mid-range phones can cost between £30-£25 per month.
Conversely, TalkTalk broadband customers can get a decent mid-range phone for a fraction of the price when they add TalkTalk Mobile contract to their package.
TalkTalk Mobile also stands out for its free-of-charge saving services. These include:
- Unlimited family calls
- Free text alerts
- Free voicemail service
- Free calls to customer care
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