Resent paying for a landline that you barely use? The good news is that you don’t have to. Read on and we'll weigh up the pros and cons of broadband-only deals. And take a look at the best providers too.
Can I get broadband without a landline?
All of whom offer a speedy, reliable service. But the catch is broadband-only deals aren’t anything like as widely available as broadband-and-landline bundles.
For instance, to be able to get Virgin Media’s broadband-only service, you’ll need to live in an address covered by its fibre broadband network. This covers about 60% of UK properties, the majority of which are in cities and towns.
Availability for other providers’ broadband-only service is even more limited.
Hyperoptic is solely available in London and some surrounding areas, as is Three’s 4G and 5G home broadband service. And Gigaclear is mostly solely available in select rural areas.
The best way to find out if you can get broadband-only service in your area is to use our postcode checker. Just input your postcode and we’ll show you what’s available at your address.
Will I save money by getting broadband without a landline?
Taking broadband without a landline seems to make a lot of sense, especially if you don’t make landline calls. But you won’t necessarily save money by doing so.
Close examination at the price of Virgin Media and Hyperoptic’s broadband-only deals and rivals’ broadband-and-home phone bundles reveals that the latter can work out cheaper, even though you’re ostensibly paying for an extra service.
So before you make a decision to sign up for a broadband-only service, it’s worth checking the price of broadband and home phone deals that are available in your area, too.
If you can find one that works out cheaper than a broadband-only service and offers a comparable broadband speed, we’d suggest you choose the broadband and home phone deal instead.
Keen to save money? Take a look at our pick of the best money-saving cheap broadband deals.
Can I get fibre optic broadband without a phone line?
Virgin Media, Hyperoptic and Gigaclear all offer fibre broadband deals that don’t require you to sign up for a landline.
Of these, Virgin Media is the most widely available. And depending on your location, you could get average broadband speeds of 500Mbps.
Virgin Media and Hyperoptic have the added advantage of offering fibre-optic broadband on one-month contracts, allowing you to leave with 30 days’ notice.
Best Virgin Media broadband only deals
Virgin Media's broadband-only service is the most widely available in the UK, with a selection of deals that range from average speeds of 50Mbps to 300Mbps.
Its service is available with a traditional 12-month contract, or as a one-month rolling contract.
Best Hyperoptic broadband only deals
|Package Name||Broadband Speed||Contract Length||Monthly Costs|
|Hyperoptic 50Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone||50MB average||12 months||£21.00 p/m|
|Hyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone||150MB average||12 months||£27.00 p/m|
- Average speed* 50Mbps
- £20.00 up-front costs
- Eve & wknd calls inc.
12 month contract
- £21.00 per month
- Average speed* 150Mbps
- Eve & wknd calls inc.
12 month contract
- £27.00 per month
*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50 % of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.
Hyperoptic offers three broadband-only deals to choose from: Fast, Superfast and Hyperfast, which get you average speeds of 50Mbps, 150Mbps and 900Mbps respectively.
Like Virgin Media, Hyperoptic is offered on a one-month rolling contract basis, but at the time of writing its service is solely available in London and some surrounding areas.
Can I get unlimited fibre broadband without a phone line?
Virgin Media, Gigaclear and Hyperoptic all offer fibre deals with no usage limits. So they’re apt for busy households with multiple occupants.
Three also offers its 5G and 4G broadband-only service on deals with unlimited usage.
Can I get BT or Sky broadband without a landline?
The reason for this is all these providers use a landline to deliver broadband to your home.
What can you save by paying line rental upfront?
If you pay the full 12-months’ landline rental upfront at the start of your contract, you can save between 10%-30% on the total price.
Paying upfront also means you’ll be immune from if your provider decides to increase landline prices midway through your contract.
However, not all providers offer the option to pay upfront. Those that do include TalkTalk, BT and Plusnet.
Of course, to be able to pay upfront you’ll need a lump sum of cash to hand.
And it’s worth noting that the money is non-refundable. Even if you decide to jump ship for another provider.
We take a closer look at paying landline upfront in our one-stop guide.
Is mobile broadband a good alternative to home broadband?
4G and 5G home broadband can be decent substitute for traditional, fixed-line broadband. Allowances are no longer as restrictive as they used to be.
And depending where you live, you can get speeds that match fixed-line services.
But the fact remains 4G and 5G home broadband is often pretty expensive compared to fixed line broadband.
The other downside is that at the time of writing a really fast 5G service isn’t available beyond major towns and cities.
4G is much more widely available and is cheaper than 5G, but it’s not as fast.
The best reason to choose mobile broadband instead of fixed-line broadband is if you want a service that’s portable or you’re living somewhere on a short-term basis.
Otherwise, for the time being we’d recommend you stick with a more reliable, more cost-effective fixed-line broadband service.