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Superpowered Fibre from TalkTalk half price for six months

TalkTalk has slashed the price of its fibre based service, making it half price for the first six months (£6.75/m) rather than the standard £13.50.

The contract for customers new to TalkTalk is 18 months, but existing SimplyBroadband customers who are upgrading will have a longer 24 month contract. For those who need a new telephone line and thus would normally pay a £50 connection fee, this has been reduced to £25 and migrations are showing up as free in the shopping basket.

Voice line rental via TalkTalk is a requirement of the package and is £15.95 per month (no inclusive calls) or £11.75/m if you pay it as a 12 month lump sum.

The competition is increasing in the fibre based arena particularly with PlusNet who are selling an unlimited usage 40 Meg down (20 Meg up) service for £14.99 per month to the majority of those who can get the Openreach FTTC products. The TalkTalk product only offers a maximum of a 2 Mbps upload, which will feel slow for anyone who makes use of cloud based services, e.g. Xbox One Upload Studio. The degree of competition is clear since the wholesale price of the product PlusNet use is £16+VAT per month, suggesting maybe PlusNet has negotiated a special price deal from BT Wholesale hence its different prices for fibre based services based on where you live.


PlusNet have been offering a reduced rate for some (most) areas since before they were bought by BT. Think it's connected to costs to BT of providing connection, and you did (at ThinkBroadband) give and explanation a few years ago. As we live in a cheap PlusNet area and have been with PlusNet ever since their first year in business, we aren't complaining!

  • davidinnotts
  • over 6 years ago

Plusnet do charge slightly different in different areas of the country - based on Ofcom classification. Plusnet also have a reduced price offer on as well and have for a while. Details in the listings and on our offers page:

  • john
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

Have just spoken to TT with 'imminent' FTTC and their 'up to 38mb' package has a ridiculous upload speed of 1.9mb so I won't be going there!

Must try harder?

  • mikejp
  • over 6 years ago

Had a contract with Talk the Talk but can't walk the walk, never again I'll stick with good old Yorkshire based Plusnet.

  • rainman100
  • over 6 years ago

"Plusnet do charge slightly different in different areas of the country"

It used to be that BTwholesale were the ones charging different prices for different areas, and Plusnet were maybe the only BTw-based ISP passing on the geographic discounts (the LLU ISPs don't need differential pricing, they can just choose not to do business in the more expensive-to-serve areas).

Don't know what the situation is today.

  • c_j_
  • over 6 years ago

Current BT Wholesale fttc pricing is the same in all markets but providers can negotiate deals

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

Why does TBB support the dishonest price advertising?

It's not £6 a month. It's £6 a month plus line rental.

The way things are now, I could simply offer £1/mo broadband, and hide the real cost behind an arbitrary line rental charge.

Then perhaps could I submit my press release to TBB and be praised for my "£1/mo" broadband?

  • roph
  • over 6 years ago

@roph - bit harsh on TBB - it is very clear that one has to take line rental, and Andrew included the 'annual saver' rate, too, for those tempted by TT.

The line rental is a bit of a money grab for most of these firms, and I laugh when I see the broadband being lumped with a calls package (where it is logically tied to the line rental, not how much someone uses their internet connection [and similarly VM with their higher speed + more TV channels tied together - ridiculous in my view].

  • NetGuy
  • over 6 years ago

Until PN reduced the price of their 'up to 38 Mbps' FTTC option, and made it unlimited, I'd have been tempted by TT or Primus, but know PN will give me better support (and a static IP).

I get the option with PN of using them [or not] for the line rental [currently pay Primus 5.99 a month, so even with the 'penalty' of an extra 2.50 a month for not using PN for line rental, it is worth considering].

  • NetGuy
  • over 6 years ago

Not especially bothered about upstream speed, and as I want a second line for this, getting it all from PN may be a good move, then switching the current ADSL to (say) Claranet SOHO would be an option.

OTOH, TT has the YouView options, so slightly tempting (for 'slow' BB and with annual line rental payment. Spreads the cost of the TV recorder over say 2 years with TT.

  • NetGuy
  • over 6 years ago

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