italk Broadband Buyers Guide

Truly unlimited broadband packages with long two year guaranteed low price fixed terms

  • Two years fixed price guarantee on all packages
  • UK-based customer care
  • Truly unlimited broadband
  • Range of call packages

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italk Unlimited Broadband
£19.99 per month
24 month contract

£9.95 upfront cost

  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 12Mb average download speed
  • 1Mb average upload speed
  • 2 years fixed price
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 24 month contract

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italk Unlimited Fibre
Free for 1 months
£30.49 thereafter

£9.95 upfront cost

  • First month free!
  • 35Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 2 years fixed price
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 24 month contract

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italk Unlimited Superfast Fibre
£35.49 per month
24 month contract

£9.95 upfront cost

  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 2 years fixed price
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 24 month contract

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Reasons to choose italk Broadband

  • UK-based customer care - get support from a UK-based customer care team, including the option to request a free callback
  • Truly unlimited broadband as standard - all packages come with truly unlimited usage that won't be artificially slowed
  • Fibre packages available - average speeds of 35Mb and 53Mb available in enabled areas
  • Phone service included - choose between a range of inclusive call packages including a low priced international calling option
  • Long fixed terms - your price is guaranteed for two years, one of the longest fixed price guarantees on the market
  • Free setup, equipment and activation - your only upfront cost is postage for your free router

Possible downsides

  • No 24 hour support - customer care only available during office hours, 9am to 7pm on weekdays, 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday, closed Sundays
  • No freephone support - customer care calls are charged at local rate, although email or booked callbacks are also available
  • N-rated routers - the free router uses the 802.11n wireless standard, rather than the newer 802.11ac standard, so may slow down with distance
  • No out of network area ADSL
  • No standalone broadband - line rental has to be taken from italk
  • Not the cheapest - other providers may offer lower promotional prices, albeit with shorter fixed terms
  • No frills service - the service comes with few extras, and there's no option to add a TV bundle

Features at a glance

  • Average 10Mb standard broadband, 35Mb and 53Mb Fibre download speeds

  • 24 month guaranteed low price fixed terms

  • Truly unlimited usage on all packages

  • Only pay postage up front, unless you need a new line installed

  • UK-based customer support open 9am to 7pm on weekdays, 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday, closed Sundays

  • Free N-rated router with all packages

  • Add evening & Weekend Calls for £2 per month, Anytime Calls for £7 per month and International Calls for £1.50 per month

  • italk Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.5 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 90 customer ratings since 2018-09-25. See more italk customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2020-07-02

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for italk.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.5 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.7 stars
  • Speed
    2.3 stars
  • Reliability
    2.3 stars

Based on 90 customer ratings since 2018-09-25

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Sorry if I could give a minus stars it would be diabolical service all the way worst ever broadband don't commit yourself into it awful customer service rude people only money minded don't want to help you solve issues iv had no service from I talk most of the contract so had to pay for something I have not received I have requested all my contacts with them to be sent back to me as they record calls and I will be taking this to trading standards or watch dog PLEASE KEEP WELL AWAY FROM THIS SERVICE PROVIDER
Stalybridge italk  
Can’t give any stars at all I have never seen anything worse than italk we bought the package at £19.99 per month now we are being charged 29.94 with £8 for phone calls yet we don’t even have a house phone to call on, service is constantly cutting out or not working at all and the customer service team are no help whatsoever absolute joke of a company and should be ashamed of themselves for false advertising
Coleraine italk  
Very dissapointed miss sold broadband and upgraded to fiber always cutting off for no reason even when I use Netflix, wanting to cancel to be told I would have to pay out of my contract July 2021 absolute disgrace internet switches off when my landline rings seriously taking legal advice
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester italk  
1 star is too much for this company.
My advice would be to avoid ITalk
Unless you want to pay for slow very unreliable broadband.
Petty and poor customer service.
Counting the days now till my new provider can BT supplies me with fast efficient broadband for the same price I’ve been paying for utter rubbish slow useless broadband , the broadband wouldn’t even work in the room my router was in!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sheffield italk  
do not go with this company they keep overcharging me every month in phone calls chargers I don't own a house phone and whenever I ask for proof they don't provide it and also the putting my broadband up without telling me
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hewcastle italk  
I cannot give this company any stars whatsoever, my 90 year old mother in law is with the company for her phone and I have tried to talk to them for over an hour to try and resolve an issue. No senior manager was willing to talk. So so frustrating. Appalling service.
leicester italk  
This board band is the worst experience from a company I've experienced even when I had sky with a faulty wire it worked better they're utter garbage
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Usa italk  
Luckily I am nearing the end of my contract and will avoid ever renewing it.I have never achieved more than half of the promised speed and upload speed most of the time is hardly registering.It is continually dropping out and almost unusable with an iPad.After hours of waiting to contact customer service the cost of trying to break the contract four months early was ridiculous and compared to other providers the cost of an alternative a faster service was to expensive..With what was promised when I initially signed up for this contract and what was supplied there is no way I would ever contemplate staying with them even if the price was acceptable.My main use was for very low for a security camera which is continually dropping out and then failing to reconnect because of the poor signal.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
poole italk  
Don’t even start me on this company!! STAY WELL CLEAR AS THEY ARE THE WORST INTERNET/BROADBAND PROVIDER EVER!!!
I’m paying £38 states £35 on their site but £38 when bill comes in! for ‘super fast fibre’ which is a load of crap, I have NEVER received their minimum, let alone what they advertise!! It’s up then down not reliable at all. So bad then it even cuts out on my Alexa when only playing a song!! Last time I’ve ever known it to buffer was probably about 20 years ago when I worked in publishing but at last then we was all connected to internet. Mine struggles with 2 Xbox consoles and 4 mobile phones (3 of which have there own unlimited data anyway) and an Alexa!! Complaint after complaint. As well as all the thing other reviews have complained about rather than repeat, same things also happened to me! Done tests, had openreach out, still awful!!
The customer service reps are not only miserable, but very rude and my god do they torment the living day lights out of you, call after call after call! Friday was a record for them two courtesy calls with in 20 mins of each other?? Then again this morning at 8am... why would anyone want a bloody courtesy call at 8am when your getting kids ready for school? Absolute joke! These nuisance calls a couple of weeks ago, where hitting 8-10 calls a day and they where the ones I answered!!
Another incident I’ve had was, I was 3 days late playing my bill which was due on a Friday on the Monday I called them up to pay on my card which I was told was £38 the payment went through then Tuesday morning they was chasing me again for a £10 late payment fee! I wasn’t disputing the late payment fee but for gods sake the next day, really? They tormented the life out of me! Never known a provider like them ever!

Sick to death of them to be honest it’s all the time now if it’s not one thing it’s another! If I’d of known then what I know now I would of never entered into a contract with them!
Liverpool italk  
I feel very very sorry for anybody who makes the decision to go with i talk for their internet. To say I have been massively let down would be an understatement. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP WITH THIS DREADFUL COMPANY. I was a customer for almost a year when on Xmas day 2019 my internet went down. I then waited until the day after boxing day to report the problem when I knew the office would be open after the hols. I was advised to check various parts of the equipment to check for damage etc and to also replace the microfilter, which I did. This didn't resolve the problem. New year's Eve an engineer from openreach came out and replaced the line outside. He suspected the Reuter was possibly faulty. Still no internet. In the meantime I was revising for an exam and had no access to my online course. This went on for nearly a month, my kids also asking daily when we would have internet again. So, in pure frustration I made the decision to go with Virgin Media instead which has so far been very good. I'm now receiving constant communications from i talk chasing me for over £100. I wish they had contacted me as often when I was without a service. On checking my bank today I can see they have managed to take the money, despite cancelling direct debit and getting a new bank card to stop any payments being taken. For them to believe I owe them after having no internet for almost a month and over the Xmas period and all the hassle and phone calls I went through is a liberty. To say I am livid would be an understatement. They haven't a clue what they are doing. Stay well clear !
Manchester italk  

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italk Broadband Buyers Guide - Is italk right for you?

Can I get italk Broadband?

italk Broadband use the Openreach network to deliver fibre access to their customers. This makes the service available to well over 90% of UK homes, with only the most remote areas not covered.

For standard broadband, italk primarily use Vodafone's network. Coverage for this is a lot patchier. It's available to around 60% of the country, over 16 million homes, mostly in major cities and towns. If you aren't located within the coverage area, you won't be able to get their service.

Use our postcode checker to find out which of italk's broadband services are available where you live.

What packages are available?

italk offer three broadband packages. One is a standard broadband service, and the other two are for faster, fibre deals.

These are the three italk broadband deals:

  • Unlimited Broadband - unlimited standard broadband, with speeds averaging 10mb
  • Unlimited Fibre - the entry level fibre deal, offering average download speeds of 35mb and impressive 9mb upload speeds, completely unlimited
  • Unlimited Superfast Fibre - italk's fastest package, with 53mb average download speeds and 18mb upload speeds, completely unlimited

All of these packages come on a 24 month fixed price deal. While this is a long term commitment, the promise of no mid-contract price rises does give you the security of knowing exactly what you'll be paying for the next two years. There's also no activation fee.

You can add a call package to your broadband deal if you need one. Your options are for unlimited Anytime Calls, unlimited Evening & Weekend Calls, or cheap International Calls priced at 3p per minute for 21 countries. If you don't need a calls bundle you'll only pay for the calls you make.

Remember, though, that these are only the average speeds achieved across all of italk's users - it isn't a guarantee of what speed you'll get. For every customer that achieves 10mb or faster, there will be a similar number that get something slower. italk does give you a speed estimate before you sign up, so you know what you performance level you can expect.

Which package should I choose?

The package that's right for you depends on your needs, and how many people there are in your household.

For many households, fibre broadband is a must. This will enable you to stream TV over Netflix or BBC iPlayer, or download on demand movies from Sky, for example. It'll also allow several people to watch, browse, game, and work at the same time without interruption.

The mid-range Unlimited Fibre package offers good average download and upload speeds, so should be fine for most households. It will allow several family members to all be online at the same time without your speeds slowing down.

For the most demanding users, the Unlimited Superfast FIbre package is a better bet. This will guarantee uninterrupted performance for large families, or if you want to stream video in 4K. You might also want the faster service if you work from home and are reliant on your broadband speed and connection.

The Unlimited Broadband package is for smaller households with lower internet needs. It'll allow TV streaming for one person, plus general use like web and social media.

Other than that, you need to decide whether to add a call plan to your deal. This is entirely optional. If you don't add one you'll simply pay for each call you make from your landline phone. But if you make a lot of calls - especially international calls - then it may be worthwhile adding a plan for a little extra each month.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people in your house will be using the internet at the same time?
  • Are you willing (and able) to commit to a two year deal?
  • Are you in an italk coverage area?
  • Do you want extras, like premium TV channels?
  • Do you make lots of landline calls and would benefit from an inclusive calls package?

Compare the italk Broadband deals in more detail.

What do I get when I sign up?

It's important to know what else you get when you sign up. This lets you budget for any extras you may need to add yourself.

italk is a simple, no-nonsense service, so you don't get much in the way of extras. The essentials are covered, though:

  • Free router - You can get connected straight away with a free wireless router worth £99.
  • Customer support - Solve any problems quickly through italk's free customer support service. It's available 9am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday. You can also send an email and request a callback.
  • Pay as you go calls - Line rental is included, and call bundles are entirely optional. Under the basic service you only need to pay for the calls you make.

What are the benefits of italk Broadband?

Here are the main reasons why you should consider signing up to italk Broadband.

  • No price rises - All packages come with a fixed price guarantee. The price when you sign up is the price you'll pay for the entire length of your two year contract.
  • No setup fees or hidden costs - The only upfront payment is to cover the postage of your free router.
  • UK based customer service - Customer service is based in the UK and is available over the phone from Monday to Saturday, or via email. You can even request a callback so the company will contact you at a more convenient time.
  • Free router - You'll receive a free router worth £99 when you sign up.
  • Truly unlimited service - italk's three broadband packages are fully unlimited. You won't need to ration your usage, and you won't be artifically slowed down during peak hours (although speeds do still naturally vary depending on the time of day and how busy the network is).
  • Fast uploads - The fibre packages both offer impressive average upload speeds.

What are the drawbacks to italk Broadband?

Like the sound of italk? Here are some downsides to the service you need to know about before you sign up.

  • Long contracts - The contract length is two years on all of the broadband packages. There are no short term contracts available, so it may not be ideal for students or anyone in a short term let. If you prefer something shorter you should take a look at some of the other providers available in your region.
  • Limited support hours - Customer service hours are limited to 9am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 5:30pm on Saturday. It's not available at all on Sunday.
  • Few extras - This no frills services comes with no real extras beyond the wireless router. 
  • No TV options - Want to watch some premium TV channels? You'll need to get them separately from a different provider.
  • Basic router - The router is an older 802.11n model. While this should be okay if you're reasonably close, you might find that your internet speeds slow down the further you get away from where the router is positioned.
  • Not many reviews - You can get reassurance from other people's experiences of a provider. At the moment, italk has very few customer reviews you to check. Given the legnth of the contract required, this is something you may wish to factor in to you decision.
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