Need to choose between TalkTalk and Plusnet? Both are budget broadband providers offering reliable, fast, low-priced broadband with great features.
In addition to the amazing savings, fibre broadband packages offered by these providers are great options for streaming, sharing and playing games online.
But, which provider is better for you – Plusnet or TalkTalk? Let’s compare.
TalkTalk and Plusnet offer similar broadband plans which deliver more or less same kind of average download speeds and upload speeds.
However, you can get minimum speed guarantee and estimated speed range when you enter the location details like postcode and address, while you sign up.
|*Download speed||*Upload speed||*Peak time speed|
|Plusnet Unlimited Fibre||35Mb||9Mb||32.8Mb|
|TalkTalk Fibre 35||38Mb||9Mb||33.4Mb|
|Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra||66Mb||18Mb||61Mb|
|TalkTalk Fibre 65||67Mb||17Mb||64.1Mb|
- *Download and upload speeds are based on average speed which is achievable by 50% of the customers.
- *Peak time speed is based on Ofcom broadband speed report May 2019.
Both TalkTalk and Plusnet offer broadband deals offer great value for money with the discounts and promotional offers.
- Standard broadband – Plusnet Unlimited (10Mbps) is quite cheaper than TalkTalk Fast (11Mbps)
- Fibre broadband – Fibre packages from Plusnet and TalkTalk come with similar price range, however, the deals are much cheaper than BT, Sky and EE.
- In addition, TalkTalk Plusnet offer gifts like vouchers and reward cards generously to the new customers.
|Truly unlimited broadband|
|Fibre WiFi router|
|UK based customer support|
|Flexible 12 or 18 month contracts|
Both Plusnet and TalkTalk do not have fair usage cap – absolutely no usage limit applies. Neither there is any traffic management which means these providers will not reduce the speeds during peak times.
TalkTalk Fast (ADSL) package includes SuperRouter. TalkTalk fibre customers get the new WiFi Hub router.
By comparison, Plusnet Unlimited customers get Hub Zero and Plusnet fibre packages (Unlimited fibre & Unlimitd fibre extra) include Hub One router.
|Router specs||Plusnet Hub Zero||TalkTalk SuperRouter||Plusnet Hub One||TalkTalk WiFi Hub|
|Model||Sagemcom 2704N||HG635||BT hub 5A||Sagemcom Fast 5364|
|Built-in modem||ADSL/VDSL modem||VDSL modem||VDSL modem|
|WiFi bands||Single ( 2.4GHz )||Dual (2.4GHz & 5GHz)||Dual (2.4GHz & 5GHz)||Dual (2.4GHz & 5GHz)|
|Wireless||802.11b/g/n||802.11b/g/n/ac||802.11b/g/n/ac||802.11ac Wave 2|
|Antennas||3 x 3||2||3 x 3|
|Ethernet||4 LAN ports (upto 100Mbps)||4 LAN ports (upto 1000Mbps) |
|4 LAN ports (upto 1000Mbps) |
|4 LAN ports (upto 1733Mbps) |
|Setup||WPS||Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)||Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)||Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)|
|Security||WPA2||WPA2||WPA2, WPA, WEP||WPA2, WPA, WEP|
Plusnet and TalkTalk broadband packages include home phone, line rental and pay as you go calls.
Additional call plans will cost extra.
However, TalkTalk call plans come with flexible 1 month contract.
|Eve & weekend & mobile||£5 a month|
|Unlimited UK & mobile||£9 a month||£12 a month|
|International||£9 a month||£10 a month|
TalkTalk broadband customers can add TV service or new customers can just sign up for the triple-play bundles.
Plusnet TV is exclusive to its fibre customers. It includes 20 premium channels.
Both TV services are delivered via Youview and Youview+ TV boxes.
|Youview/Youview+ TV box|
|Sky Sport add-on|
|Sky Cinema add-on|
|Monthly cost||£5 a month||£4 a month|
TalkTalk offers HomeSafe parental controls for safer browsing. Supersafe which is advanced internet security feature is included on selected plans. Supersafe protects devices from viruses and malware.
SafeGuard is similar feature from Plusnet to help users block specific websites and categories.
Ofcom’s latest reports on customer complaints and customer service clearly show that Plusnet is better than TalkTalk, when it comes to customer support.
|Complaints per |
100,000 customers (Q3 2019)
|Satisfaction (April 2019)||86%||80%||89%||81%|
Both Plusnet and TalkTalk are based on Openreach platform, so they have similar range of coverage or availability.
TalkTalk offers a few more faster fibre plans, when compared to Plusnet.