Need a temporary broadband fix for a few months? Prefer to fly by the seat of your pants, stopping and starting your broadband service whenever you want? Time to get rid of that contract and connect to some commitment-free internet. Here’s how it works.
Broadband without a contract? Really?
Yes, really. You can get broadband in your home without tying yourself down to a scary long-term contract.
Most broadband packages lock you in for 12, 18, or even 24 months, but a few providers offer it on just a 30-day basis. That means there’s no commitment, and you can stop and start it whenever you want. And you’ll still get a great broadband service.
Which providers offer no-contract broadband?
- Virgin Media - all of its broadband and TV packages are available on a 30-day basis
- Various other mobile broadband providers - read more about them here
You’ll get the exact same service as a full contract package - there’s no compromise on quality, speed, or inclusive features. And it’s just as widely available as any other package from that provider.
Should I get no-contract broadband?
- It’s the perfect choice if you’ll be living somewhere for less than a year, including a holiday home
- There are no hefty cancellation fees
- You may not need a credit check
- You can cancel it and take out a better deal when one comes along
If you’re living somewhere long-term, on the other hand, you’ll probably get a better value deal by signing up to a proper contract - take a look at our broadband page to see what your options are.
Aren’t there hidden costs?
For some contract-free broadband packages, you may have to pay a fee for the connection, or for the cost of a router. Your chosen provider will tell you what these are before you sign up. Most contract-free options also cost a little more per month than their long-term equivalents.
Our comparison service calculates by your total first year cost - including those one-off upfront fees - so you know exactly what you can expect to pay.
Can I get broadband with no contract and no landline?
Yes, you can - but your options are even more limited, since most broadband is delivered through your phone line. Still, it's available. You can find contract-free, landline-free broadband from providers like these:
- Virgin Media - The only fixed-line provider to offer broadband-only deals on a short-term, one-month basis. These deals don't come cheap, though.
- Relish - Since it's a 4G-based provider, Relish doesn't use a landline to connect your broadband.
- Mobile broadband - 4G broadband from mobile networks, like EE and O2, doesn't require a landline either - and there are lots of options for one-month deals. You can find 4G home routers, no-contract dongles, Mi-Fi, and more. The downside is that it can get quite expensive, and it usually has restrictive download limits.