The last round of £100 Love2Shop vouchers at TalkTalk may have now left and in their wake there is a rise in the outside contract price for Simply Broadband and Totally Unlimited Fibre with respective standard pricing of £9.50/month and £19.50/month. Pricing for UFO service and TV products appears unchanged.
The rises appear to only apply to new customers, but may reflect a change in strategy to increase broadband price rather than the last few years of increasing line rental. We are already listing combined pricing for TalkTalk products so it makes little difference which strategy is used and later in 2016 TalkTalk is expected to do the same ahead of new advertising rule changes.
The impact on the FTTC based service is softened by a better price offer that applies for the 18 month minimum term contract of £5/m for broadband plus the £17.70/m line rental (up to 38 Mbps download, up to 2 Mbps upload speeds) and if you remain after the 18 months the standard broadband price of £19.50/m kicks in.
For those only able to get the LLU ADSL2+ service or find that fast enough the existing free broadband for 18 months plus £17.70/m line rental offer applies.
A big thing that can hold people back from switching and chasing the offers at the end of the minimum term is the set-up or activation fees, TalkTalk have a fibre set-up fee of £50 (an offer appears to mean it is £25 currently), Sky is £39 (just gone up) for new customers and existing customers pay £50 and BT Infinity 1 carries a £49 activation fee. The savvy shopper trick is to use the various vouchers to offset the one off costs.
Update Saturday 28th May There are questions over what the real pricing for the TalkTalk services is, and we have looked at most of the other listing sites and they agree with our deduction from communications about price changes and graphics and text on TalkTalk website. The disparity arises when products are added to the shopping basket as and emails have been sent seeking clarification.