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TalkTalk is perhaps best known as one of the UK's leading value broadband and home phone bundle providers and offers keenly-priced standard broadband and fibre broadband packages.
Alongside those core services, TalkTalk also offers an on-demand TV service and, through TalkTalk Mobile, mobile phones. 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 offerings to see if they're right for you, plus provide an overview of TalkTalk Mobile.
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.
Like BT's TV service, TalkTalk TV is based on the YouView set top box. TalkTalk's YouView boxes come in two varieties: the standard TalkTalk TV box and the TalkTalk TV Plus box.
Both boxes let you access the full suite of Freeview channels, as well as streaming services such as Neflix and catch-up services like 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.
Both YouView boxes also allow you to pause and rewind live TV and rent and buy movies and TV shows on-demand. However, with the TalkTalk TV Plus box you can also record live TV, with space for up to 180 hours of TV.
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.
Perhaps the best thing about TalkTalk's TV service is the price, with one of the cheapest TV and broadband offering priced a shade over £20 per month.
TalkTalk TV Boosts operate on a rolling contract basis, so you're able to cancel whenever you like with a month's notice.
TalkTalk Mobile allows you to add a mobile phone to your bundle from £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.
TalkTalk Mobile also stands out for its free-of-charge saving services. These include: