Home  ›  Guides  ›  EE broadband vs TalkTalk broadband

EE broadband vs TalkTalk broadband

Thursday, June 15th 2017

They may not be the first names that spring to mind, but EE and TalkTalk both offer advantages over some of their competitors in the broadband market. But as they seem so very similar, how do you choose which is right for you?

Here’s what both companies offer in terms of speed, reliability, coverage, customer service, extras and the equipment each supplies with its various packages – everything you need to make a decision.

{}

At a glance

EE and TalkTalk both offer standard and fibre broadband services, up to 76Mbps, and are widely available across the UK. They compete closely on pricing, but neither offers much in the way of extras. Both providers now include line rental in their prices.

  • EE Unlimited Broadband

    EE
    • Pay nothing today
    • Free wireless router
    Includes EE Mobile 5GB Data Boost
    £21 .50
    £10 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • TalkTalk Fast Broadband

    TalkTalk
    • Pay nothing today
    • Includes Super Router
    Offer ends 21st December, No broadband setup fee & Fixed price for the contract length
    £19 .95
    Zero set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • EE Unlimited Fibre Broadband

    EE
    • Pay nothing today
    • Free wireless router
    Includes EE Mobile 5GB Data Boost
    £29
    £35 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • TalkTalk Faster Fibre 38Mb

    TalkTalk
    • Pay nothing today
    • Includes Super Router
    Offer ends 21st December, No fibre setup fee & Fixed price for the contract length
    £27 .50
    Zero set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

Speed

EE

The two companies offer similar speeds both with their standard ADSL broadband and their fibre optic broadband. EE offers standard broadband that is up to 17Mbps and two fibre broadband speeds of up to 38Mbps and up to 76Mbps, which should be fast enough to do pretty much everything you need to do.

TalkTalk

It’s a similar story with TalkTalk’s broadband speed, with a standard speed of 17Mbps. Like EE, it also offers up to 38Mbps and up to 76Mbps fibre optic broadband.

Download speed 76Mbps
up to
76Mbps
up to
Upload speed 19Mbps
up to
19Mbps
up to
Usage options Unlimited Unlimited
Fair usage policy No No
Visit provider EE → TalkTalk →
EE
Download speed
Up to 76Mbps
Upload speed
Up to 19Mbps
Usage options
Unlimited
Fair usage policy
No
Visit provider
TalkTalk
Download speed
Up to 76Mbps
Upload speed
Up to 19Mbps
Usage options
Unlimited
Fair usage policy
No
Visit provider

Package comparison

EE

EE’s broadband packages are split by both speed and call package. All of EE’s broadband deals are unlimited, so you don’t have to worry about the looming presence of a usage limit spoiling all your fun.

The packages are split by call plans: the cheaper, weekend landline call plan, and the anytime and mobile calls package, which is more expensive but gives you more time to make free calls. You can also opt for an international call plan and there is the option to combine your broadband and phone package with EE TV.

TalkTalk

TalkTalk offers three packages based on speed. Fast Broadband, which offers up to 17Mbps broadband, Faster Fibre up to 38Mbps and Faster Fibre up to 76Mbps.

None of TalkTalk's broadband packages come with any kind of call plan, but you can choose to add Anytime UK Calls – or even an International calls plan – to your broadband. TalkTalk does not offer and Evenings and Weekends pack. As with EE, you have the option to add a TV package if you want to create a bundle.

Postcode checker

EE and TalkTalk are both carried on the same network, so their availability is likely to be evenly matched throughout the UK. If you want to check what’s available in your area, you can put your postcode in the tracker below and find out.

Check availability

Your information is safe with us. We won't share your postcode with anyone. See our privacy policy.

Customer service

EE

Ofcom do not publish results for EE as a broadband supplier. What we do know, and what we can tell you, is that there have been several black marks on the company’s customer service record since Orange and T-Mobile merged to form EE, including a few that appeared in the national press.

TalkTalk

TalkTalk, on the other hand, is listed in Ofcom's most recent report. In the past TalkTalk hasn’t done well in the reports. This year it has achieved 53% in comparison to the sector average of 67%.

Technology and equipment

EE

EE’s packages come with a router, called the EE Brightbox Router, which basically does the same thing as TalkTalk’s router, but in a slightly different box (that also looks fairly swish). The Brightbox has been tested at 250m and still gives a good signal so you should always be able to connect to your broadband.

TalkTalk

All TalkTalk's broadband packages come with the Super outer. It has Wireless-N technology, which improves its wireless performance, is easy to set up and has power-saving features when not in use. It has four ethernet ports, allowing you to connect four devices via a wired connection.

Extra features

EE

Extra features are usually what sets one broadband provider off against the other, however neither of these providers offer much in the way of extras. With EE, you receive free Norton security with anti-virus and parental controls, so you can keep your kids protected online. You can also rent a film from EE Film Club for £1 between Monday and Wednesday each week.

TalkTalk

With TalkTalk you get the basics. You receive the HomeSafe software to keep you protected when on the web, and you get free calls between TalkTalk customers.

Conclusion

Both EE and TalkTalk offer fairly comparable broadband packages. You can create a broadband, TV and phone bundle with either which might make it cheaper and less fuss than going to multiple providers.

Both companies are carried over the same network (BT Openreach), so the connection and speed will not vary too much between the two. The difference will be made in the prices and TalkTalk is cheaper. So if you are looking for a broadband package without splashing out, TalkTalk may be your best bet.

And don’t forget, Cable.co.uk now produces in-depth broadband reviews of every major UK broadband package, so check them out if you need more information.

Why do we need your postcode?

Once you enter your postcode, Cable.co.uk will perform a live lookup and check all the available providers in your area.

This ensures you receive accurate information on the availability of providers and packages in your area.

Your information is safe with us. We won't share your postcode with anyone. Guaranteed.

Close