TalkTalk have for some time now been flirting with the idea of becoming a fully-fledged mobile phone manufacturer. The budget broadband provider has until now had SIM-only tariffs running through Vodafone, where it’s amassed a strong customer base of 70,000 people.
The impressive take-up of TalkTalk mobile services, which have been very competitively priced, has now spurred them to bring out their own handset. In the wake of their preliminary sales figures for this year, they have stated:
‘We plan to launch a handset proposition later this year in addition to our existing SIM only and data products’.
Of course, being a successful network provider isn’t quite the same as being a successful handset manufacturer. In fact, there is very little crossover between the two. However, if their tariff prices are anything to go by, then a TalkTalk phone could fare well at the budget end of the smartphone market.
It’d be wrong to expect TalkTalk to provide us with a world-changing handset, but those on a budget should stay tuned to the development of the broadband provider’s mystery phone.