Both BT and TalkTalk use the same copper wiring to connect UK
homes to the web, however it's worth noting that TalkTalk's lines
are unbundled. All this really means is TalkTalk is using its own
software separate from BT's network, meaning speeds can often vary
between the two and often allows TalkTalk to provide much cheaper
and sometimes faster deals.
Ofcom's most recent report
still puts BT ahead of TalkTalk by about 1Mb in terms of average
speed. As with all copper broadband lines though, outside
factors play a huge part in the actual speed you'll receive.
Distance from the exchange as well as the number of users in your
area can really take their toll on your downloads. If speed really
matters to you, it's worth asking for a speed estimate for your new
line before you sign up to a deal.
Both networks also offer a superfast broadband service, with
packages allowing speeds of up to 38Mb or 76Mb available from each
provider. These are a better option for those wanting to spend more
time online, streaming TV for instance or downloading large files
such as videogames or HD movies.
Every time you load up a webpage, watch a clip on YouTube or
even just read an email, you will be using some of your download
allowance. While webpages themselves take miniscule amounts of data
to open, catch up TV from BBC iPlayer or Sky Go can easily send you
over some smaller download limits if you're not careful. That's why
it's important to ensure you are getting enough data to use the web
in the way you want to.
BT offers various packages depending on how often you intend to
use the web. 10 GB, 20 GB and Unlimited usage deals are available,
although if you do intend to do anything more than browse the
internet and check your mail online we would recommend sticking
with the unlimited service.
TalkTalk on the other hand only offers what it calls totally
unlimited broadband. No matter which deal you choose, the provider
will allow you to browse, stream and download as much as you like
without ever charging you more or altering your download speed.
TalkTalk's SimplyBroadband deal offers one of the UK's lowest
prices for a completely unlimited broadband service.
BT's broadband infinity bundle is a great, low cost, entry level
package for anyone who wants to boost their broadband speed.
TalkTalk and BT both deliver a fantastic Freeview service
through a free YouView box sent out to all of their digital TV
subscribers. Customers signing up for a Plus TV or Entertainment
package will also be able to record hours of TV directly to an
inbuilt hard drive, so you never need to miss your favourite show
Both providers offer access to over 70 Freeview channels, with
12 available in crystal clear HD. Customers are also able to add on
packs of premium channels you wouldn't usually find on a Freeview
box, by streaming them in through your broadband service.
In order for this to work properly YouView recommends you have a
minimum broadband speed of 3Mb. However, at that speed it's worth
remembering that the streaming service will take priority and
trying to do anything else online will result in a very slow
Sports fans will probably be more drawn towards BT's TV option
purely due to addition of BT sport. The now five strong list of
dedicated sport channels, plus their HD counterparts, are available
free to every BT customer and unfortunately completely inaccessible
to TalkTalk customers.
On the other hand, TalkTalk's plus TV package includes access to
6 premium Sky channels not available on BT TV. Channels from Sky 1
to Sky Living are available to be streamed along with a great range
of exclusive Sky on demand content.
On Demand services
Both BT and TalkTalk version of the YouView set top box allow
you to catch up and play the last 7 days of content using built in
apps for BBC
Netflix subscribers will also be able to sign in to their
YouView box to stream the huge range of content available on the
service directly to their HD TV. That includes Netflix exclusive
series such as House of Cards and Orange is the new black.
Now TV is also available for those who want to catch up on
all the biggest Sky shows such as Game of Thrones or True
Detective, however this will require a subscription to one of NOW
TV's monthly passes. iPlayer, ITV Player, 4 On Demand and
Demand 5. Both providers also have their own version of "Box
Office", allowing you to rent some of the latest blockbuster movies
from £3.50 per film.
Access to over 100 channels, including 5 premium sky
entertainment channels, plus unlimited broadband, anytime home
phone calls and a free sim card with 200Mb of data available every
month, make TalkTalk's top package a deal really worth signing up
Kick start your TV service with BT's TV starter and get access
to the full range of BT sport channels completely free! That's on
top of a totally unlimited broadband service.
More UK broadband providers are now giving customers a chance to
save on their mobile service as well, and BT and TalkTalk are no
exception. Both networks offer SIM-only deals, either as an
exclusive or at a discounted rate to their broadband
SIM-only add on
TalkTalk customers can add any pay
monthly SIM-only deal to their contract, but the new All-in SIM is
exclusive to its broadband subscribers. Popping this SIM into your
phone gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited text and unlimited
3G data for just £12 a month. That's at least £5 cheaper than the
nearest comparable SIM from other networks and your free to use
your mobile as much as you like without ever worrying about adding
to your bill.
BT customers benefit from a £5 discount on BT Mobile's set of 4G
SIM-Only deals. Each one of these SIM cards allows compatible
handsets to access the web at speeds comparable to a standard Wi-Fi
connection. That means no more buffering when all you want to do is
show your mates a YouTube video or stream a couple of albums during
your morning run.
The same great broadband deal with the brand new All-in SIM
thrown in. Get unlimited 3G and broadband in one brilliant
Just add a SIM only deal to any BT broadband bundle to get a
monthly £5 discount on a 4G BT mobile service.
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