What are the best alternatives to TalkTalk?
Thanks to some very cheap deals, regular free gifts, and the option to get a budget “triple-play” TV, phone, and broadband package, TalkTalk is an enormously popular choice.
But what can you do if you want what it has to offer, but from a different provider? In this guide, you can discover some of the best alternatives to TalkTalk services.
Alternatives to TalkTalk Broadband
TalkTalk is an Openreach (BT telephone line) network provider, which is the same network used by almost all internet service providers (ISPs). That means that you don’t have to look too hard to find alternatives which can deliver the same kind of broadband speeds
Here are a few of the best deals which deliver comparable speeds at a similar price:
NOW Brilliant Broadband is the same speed as TalkTalk Fast Broadband, but even cheaper, with prices starting from under £20 per month.
Origin Max offers exactly the same average 67Mb download speed as TalkTalk Superfast at approximately the same cost. Origin also offers a 36Mb fibre deal at around the same price as TalkTalk Faster Fibre.
Plusnet Fibre Broadband is approximately the same price as TalkTalk Faster Fibre. It does have a slightly slower average speed (36Mb vs 38Mb) but it’s a minor difference.
Keep in mind that all these broadband speeds are an average, not a guaranteed figure. Since these providers share the same underlying infrastructure the differences between them are small. Within each speed tier, you can expect similar performance when moving between ISPs.
Alternatives to TalkTalk TV
BT TV is nearly identical to TalkTalk; both services come with a YouView TV box and provide approximately the same number of channels. And like TalkTalk, BT’s premium channel packs are flexible, with the ability to swap them every 30 days free of charge.
NOW TV provides access to selected Sky TV channels via streaming, using passes which you can purchase without signing up to a long contract. It’s a great way to get access to the most popular channels but will be more expensive than other services if you sign up for all the passes at once.
Sky is a leading premium TV provider. While not as cheap as TalkTalk, it can offer a huge number of channels and includes the excellent Sky Q TV box.
Virgin Media TV
Virgin is a direct competitor to Sky, with a similar number of channels and extra features. Again, it is pricier than TalkTalk, although Virgin is able to offer incredible broadband speeds that for many of us will be the fastest available.
Top three alternatives to TalkTalk
Origin is a fantastic budget ISP that provides broadband speeds which are the same - or very close - to TalkTalk at an equivalent cost. Its cheapest fibre deal is especially attractive for anyone on a tight budget, as it provides an average speed of 18Mb for less than TalkTalk charges for 11Mb ADSL.
As well as some very cheap broadband deals, NOW TV also makes a great alternative to TalkTalk TV if you’re mainly interested in the most popular Sky channels and don’t want to bother with long contracts or the need for additional equipment. All that’s required for NOW TV is an internet connection and compatible device to view the streaming service.
BT is the most directly comparable alternative to TalkTalk. It provides the same kind of broadband speeds, and its TV package is near identical to TalkTalk. However, you will have to pay more for BT, and sports fans should be aware that unlike TalkTalk, BT cannot give you access to the full range of Sky Sports channels.