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TalkTalk 4G Coverage and Network Summary

22nd March 2017

TalkTalk Network Coverage

TalkTalk is an MVNO that currently uses Vodafone, but it will soon be switching to O2 as part of a new multi-year deal.

At the moment it only offers 3G, but once it makes the move to O2 you’ll be able to get 4G as well.

Given that TalkTalk will soon be using O2’s infrastructure we can already see what its 4G coverage will be like.

O2 currently has 4G coverage for over 78% of the UK population and aims to have 98% population coverage as soon as possible, so TalkTalk will be jumping on board with a well-established network and will presumably deliver the same level of coverage.

Pros

Cons

Allows tethering

No 4G yet

Low prices

Low data limits

Our Rating

Coverage

TalkTalk has excellent 2G and 3G coverage, and once it switches to O2 it will have solid 4G coverage too, with 78% of the population covered at time of writing.

Network Type Coverage by population
4G  78% (once it switches to O2)
3G 98%
2G 99%

Use TalkTalk’s coverage checker below to find out more about TalkTalk 4G coverage in your area, including signal strengths and details on both indoor and outdoor coverage.

TalkTalk doesn’t currently offer 4G, but it soon will and it will share coverage with O2, which currently has 4G in thousands of UK towns, cities and villages.

Towns and cities with 4G from O2 include but are by no means limited to: Antrim, Bradford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bridgend, Brighton, Burnley, Castleford, Coleraine, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Liverpool, Livingston, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, London, Macclesfield, Newtownabbey, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Pontypool, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, St Albans, Sittingbourne, Southampton and Tamworth.

Recent locations to get an O2 4G upgrade include: Callington, Wick, Crediton, Swimbridge, Hallbankgate and Aberchirder. So TalkTalk will have 4G in these places too once it switches to O2.

Network Speeds and Frequencies

Currently TalkTalk doesn’t offer any 4G at all, but once it switches to O2’s infrastructure it will use standard 4G, which is around 5 times faster than a typical 3G network.

Based on O2’s speeds, TalkTalk’s average 4G download speed is likely to around 18.48Mbit/sec, while its average 4G upload speed will probably be roughly 9.40Mbit/sec. That’s not as fast as some rivals, but it’s still very speedy, and should allow for smooth streaming, downloading and web browsing on your phone.

  • Average Download Speed: 18.48 Mbit/sec
  • Average Upload Speed: 9.40 Mbit/sec

O2 (and by extension soon TalkTalk) uses just the 800MHz band for 4G. The 800MHz band is well suited to delivering coverage everywhere in the UK, as it’s long range, so it can travel a long way between mobile masts, making it suited to rural environments, and it’s also good at penetrating walls and other solid objects, making it a good fit for cities too.

You can find in depth details of this band and others in our 4G frequencies guide.

  • 800MHz used for 4G
  • 900MHz used for 2G/3G
  • 1800MHz used for 2G
  • 2100 MHz used for 3G

Plans

TalkTalk offers a range of both Pay Monthly and SIM Only plans. However, 4G isn’t currently available on any of them.

Pay Monthly Phone Plans

Tethering

Yes

Max Data Allowance

4GB

Contract Length

24 Months

TalkTalk’s Pay Monthly plans are all 24 months long and they top out at 4GB of monthly data. They allow tethering, and you can use as much of your monthly data towards it as you want.

SIM Only Plans

Tethering

Yes

Max Data Allowance

2GB

Contract Length

1 or 12 Months

TalkTalk’s SIM Only plans are mostly 12 months long, but there is also a 30-day option. Plans top out at 2GB of data and you can use any or all of that for tethering.

Data Only Plans – For Tablets and Dongles

TalkTalk doesn’t currently offer any Data Only plans.

Pay As You Go

TalkTalk currently doesn’t offer any Pay As You Go services.

TalkTalk Roaming Destinations

TalkTalk doesn’t currently offer any cheap or inclusive roaming for data, texts or calls. Data use will cost you 4p per megabyte in Europe and £3 per megabyte in the rest of the world.

Conclusion

Right now we can’t recommend TalkTalk as a 4G network, because it isn’t one, so only opt for it if you’re happy with lower speeds. 4G is set to arrive, possibly later this year, but there’s not yet any confirmed date.

Low data limits and a lack of inclusive roaming also disappoints, but prices are at least fairly low and you can use your data to tether.

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