Combining broadband and home phone - or even broadband, phone and TV - can save you money compared to getting them separately. And you’ll have the convenience of a single bill too. Here’s how to find the best broadband and phone deals.
There’s no shortage of landline and broadband deals around that cater for all types of users - from people who just want the internet for email and Facebook, and use the phone every now and then, to those who binge-watch TV series on Netflix, and talk on the phone for hours.
Our postcode checker and the advice below will make it easy to find your ideal broadband and phone deal.
What should I look for when I choose a landline service?
There’s not too much in it when it comes to comparing landlines, with most providers offering a similar range of add-ons and calling features.
But there are still some things you should look out for when you’re shopping around for a landline service. Handily, we’ve listed them all below…
- Inclusive call allowances - If you use the phone a lot, look at packages with inclusive anytime calls. Don’t use your landline? Save cash by getting a package with only evening and weekend calls or just basic line rental. This will work out cheaper.
- Call charges - Before signing up to a package, check the call rates. This is one way providers make back the money they lose by offering packages at discounted prices. So keep your wits about you.
- Inclusive calls packs - You can usually get add-ons for unlimited calls, cheaper overseas calls, inclusive UK mobile phone calls, and more. These will cost you extra, but could save you money in the long run.
- Calling features – You can get extra features like anonymous caller reject, call waiting or answerphone from most providers. But expect to pay extra.
How to switch broadband and phone
Switching your broadband and phone is pretty simple. To find a deal that suits you, enter your postcode into our comparison tool, select what you want from the filters, and sort the grid by first-year cost.
After that, we'll show you the best deals. As we say, it couldn’t be easier.
Can I get broadband and phone on their own?
With certain providers, it is possible to get broadband without a landline. However, the likes of Sky and BT do require that you have basic line rental when you take out one of its broadband packages. You see, these providers all use the same Openreach infrastructure to supplement their broadband.
Virgin Media, on the other hand, is one of the few providers - along with Hyperoptic - who do not require you to have a landline to take out a broadband package. That's because it operates independently of the Openreach network, instead using its own infrastructure.
What is a broadband and phone deal?
These days, fewer and fewer people use their landlines to make calls. But the thing is, in the majority of cases, you still need line rental to get broadband. To that end, it pays to find a deal that could save you money.
Things to look out for when choosing a deal include free minutes, decent international call rates and, of course, cheap line rental if you don't actually use your home phone.
You can compare deals using our comparison tool and filtering the results. Most broadband suppliers will bundle their internet and phone services together so you only need to pay one bill.
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Best broadband and phone deals that include line rental
As we say, most of the UK’s top provider’s offer broadband packages that come with line rental. And the good news is, the majority of suppliers offer competitive deals, too, including BT, Sky, Plusnet, Post Office and Shell Energy broadband.
To find the best deals, simply use the comparison tool at the top of this page. You can filter the results to only see exactly what is most important to you, and then choose from the deals that take your fancy.
Broadband and mobile phone deals
If it’s a mobile phone plan you’re looking for, as opposed to home phone, then you still have bundling options, but not as many.
A few providers offer packages that combine broadband, home phone, TV and a mobile phone plan. These are called 'quad-play' packages.
As it stands, your choice is limited to Virgin Media, BT, Sky, and EE when it comes to quad-play. And bear in mind that for most broadband packages, you'll still need to subscribe to line rental as well.
It's also easy to save money on your mobile phone plan without going quad-play by comparing mobile deals separately. Check out our mobile comparison service to do just that.
Which broadband package is right for me?
The best package for you depends on how many people live in your home and what you use your broadband for. You’ll also need to consider how many landline calls you make and when you make them.
Let’s start with broadband. Here are the main things to consider when comparing packages:
- Speed - The more people in your home, the faster the service you’ll need. Stream a lot of TV and music, download movies or play online games? If so, look for superfast fibre deals. If not, a cheaper standard broadband package will suit you just fine.
- Usage - Streaming TV and downloading movies uses a lot of data. If you, or others in your house, do those things regularly, you need an unlimited package. The good news is that pretty much every provider offers unlimited broadband, and they all let you pair it with home phone as well. Compare unlimited broadband and phone packages here.
- TV - Bundling a TV package with a broadband package is a good way to get more for less. If you want the top channels, compare packages from the big four providers - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
Which providers offer broadband and phone deals?
Every provider offers broadband and phone packages, including BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, EE, Plusnet and Vodafone.
Here’s a snapshot of what each has to offer:
- BT - Get average fibre broadband speeds of 67Mbps, with lots of home phone and calls options to choose from
- Virgin Media - Bundles together superfast fibre broadband with unlimited anytime calls.
- Sky - Lets you bundle a landline with fibre and standard broadband, as well as pay TV.
- TalkTalk - Offers low prices that are locked in for your whole contract, average broadband speeds of 63Mbps, and home phone upgrades.
- EE - Average broadband speeds of 67Mbps, and loads of options for your home phone.
- Plusnet - Expect average speeds of 66Mbps and broadband that's a bargain when bundled with a phone line.
- Vodafone - Speedy fibre optic broadband and an extensive selection of calls add-ons.
To find out which providers are available in your area, enter your details in the postcode checker below:
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What's the cheapest broadband and phone deal?
To find the cheapest deal, enter your postcode into our comparison tool, select what you want from the filters, and sort the grid by first-year cost.
We'll show you the cheapest deals in your area that’ll get you everything you're looking for.
Tips for finding cheap broadband
- Some providers are known for offering cheap and budget-friendly broadband. If you're watching the pennies, take a look at deals from TalkTalk, Plusnet, Vodafone, and Post Office Broadband.
- Some services are cheaper than others. Standard broadband is cheaper than fibre, for instance, and a package with pay-as-you-use calls is cheaper than one with anytime calls. But it's not always worth the sacrifice if you really do need a fast service or make a lot of landline calls.
- Look out for special limited-time offers - we call these out in our postcode checker so you can spot them straight away
- Check out our broadband deals with cashback and deals with free gifts
Can I get a phone and broadband package with unlimited calls?
You can. But they won’t come as standard, so you’ll just need to sign up for an unlimited calls add-on.
Most household-name providers charge about £12-£15 per month to add unlimited calls to your bundle and stipulate that these can be to landlines or mobiles and at any time of day or night.
Can I get fibre as part of a broadband and phone deal?
Absolutely. Fibre broadband and phone deals are readily available from the likes of BT, Sky, TalkTalk, EE, Vodafone, Virgin Media and more.
You can also get fibre without a landline. But your selection will be much narrower and is principally limited to the likes of Virgin Media and Hyperoptic.
Can I keep my phone number when I switch provider?
Yes, you can. To port your number when you switch, you’ll have to make sure you let the provider you’re joining that you’d like to bring your number across.
The process differs whether you’re porting the number from providers who use BT’s Openreach network, or you’re joining from Virgin Media.
To ensure you follow the correct steps, get in touch with the provider you’re joining as soon as possible and they’ll outline the process you’ll need to follow.