Money: Broadband for pounds 2.50 a month: Internet TalkTalk launches a super low-cost deal claiming pounds 225 saving over BT, writes Miles Brignall
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TalkTalk is to offer super low-cost home broadband, for just pounds 2.50 a month, aimed at those who use their mobile to make all their phone calls.
The pounds 30-a-year deal, which gives customers unlimited internet access but excludes any free calls, is cheaper than BT's cheapest pounds 10-a-month capped deal, and even undercuts TalkTalk's own previous cheapest deal, Essentials, which was recently on offer at pounds 3.25 a month. However, both that and the BT package include free calls in the evening.
The price is set to shake up the home phone/broadband industry, with TalkTalk claiming that those switching from BT will save pounds 225 over an 18-month contract.
However, subscribers to Simply Broadband will have to take TalkTalk's line rental at pounds 15.40 a month, or pay a year in advance for pounds 114, saving pounds 70.80. Minimum contract is 12 months.
Tristia Harrison of TalkTalk said: "Customers told us they wanted a broadband-only option, so by stripping out the calling bundle we are bringing the cost down further, allowing them to enjoy everything the internet has to offer at the lowest price. We are also the only provider to offer totally unlimited broadband across all packages."
By adding Superpowered Fibre, customers can get speeds of up to 38Mbps for just pounds 12.50 a month, compared to pounds 23 for BT's Unlimited BT Infinity 1.
TalkTalk customers on the Essentials package can switch without penalty.
Telecoms expert Adam Kirby of comparison website uSwitch said: "This could be just what savvy consumers are looking for - and possibly a sign of things to come for the humble landline. With plenty of minutes included in most mobile phone deals many will feel they are paying for a service they don't need."
However, Kirby warned that for those who make more than the odd call from their landline, this might not be the right plan and they may do better choosing one with inclusive free minutes. Users can add anytime calls to TalkTalk's deal, which will take monthly bills to pounds 8 plus the landline.
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