Broadband without a phone line: Say so long to line rental

ByDuncan Heaney
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How do I get internet without getting line rental included in the price? It’s a question we’re asked all the time. If you want broadband without a phone line, there are several ways to go about getting it, but be warned - it might not actually work out cheaper…

Most broadband packages use your phone line to deliver broadband. The cost of line is included in the advertised price, but you still have to pay it - even if you don't use a home phone.

If your heart is set on landline-free broadband, however, don't despair. You do have some options, including Virgin Media and Hyperoptic. Read on, and we'll go through it all.  

Who does broadband-only packages?

Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) is the only major provider able to offer broadband without a phone line to more than just a few select areas of the country. There's also ultrafast Hyperoptic (www.hyperoptic.com) with speeds more than 100 times the UK average, but it isn't as widely available. If you want to see exactly what you can get, check broadband in your area.

Virgin Media

Virgin Media broadband-only deals

Virgin Media
Virgin Media
Virgin Media
Super 50 Fibre Broadband Vivid 200 Fibre Broadband Vivid 100 Fibre Broadband
£230.99 Total first year cost £386.99 Total first year cost £290.99 Total first year cost
£18.00 p/m for 12 months £14.99 setup costs 12 month contract £31.00 p/m for 12 months £14.99 setup costs 12 month contract £23.00 p/m for 12 months £14.99 setup costs 12 month contract
Up To 50 Mb Up To 200 Mb Up To 100 Mb
No Phone Line Required! Offer ends 29/12/16 No Phone Line Required! Offer ends 29/12/16 No Phone Line Required! Offer ends 29/12/16
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Call Virgin Media on 0808 168 6088
Open 24/7
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Call Virgin Media on 0808 168 6088
Open 24/7
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Call Virgin Media on 0808 168 6088
Open 24/7

Virgin Media's fibre optic broadband operates independently of the national telecoms network once owned and still mostly looked after by BT. It means Virgin Media can give you broadband with faster speeds of up to 200Mb, with no need for a landline.

However, when you sign up for broadband and TV there's normally a phone service thrown in with the bundle - opting out won't necessarily save you money. In fact, it may be cheaper to take all three services, even if you you're not going to use the phone line.

You can check for yourself when you use our price calculator to compare packages.

Click here for the latest Virgin Media deals

Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic is quite a bit different. It's an ultrafast provider with broadband that really doesn't compromise on speed. With 1Gb downloads, it's over 100 times faster than the current UK average and about six times speedier than its closes rival Virgin Media. 

However, it's a new provider with a niche offering, and not everyone can afford - or actually has a need for - ultrafast 1Gb broadband. To find out if it's available where you live and to compare TV, broadband and phone deals, run a quick postcode check.

Click here for the latest Hyperoptic deals

Relish

Relish is a Central London-specific provider, so if you don't live in the capital, we're afraid you're out of luck.

But if you do live in the Big Smoke, Relish may be right up your street. It's a wireless broadband provider that uses 4G to deliver services. When you sign up, Relish sends you a router (on the same day even, if you're willing to spend a few bob extra), and all you have to do is plug it in, and you're good to go.

Packages are unlimited and, if you can get a good enough signal, speeds are comparable to fibre optic broadband. It's a great alternative to standard fixed broadband.

Click here for the latest Relish deals

Can I get broadband without a landline?

Broadband without a phone line may seem the ideal scenario, particularly if you're tired of paying line rental for a home phone you barely ever use.

In reality, at least in the majority of cases, you'll need a working phone line in order to have broadband. The only major exception - the one with the widest availability at least - is Virgin Media. 

The good news is that even the cheap internet deals usually includes some free calls at weekends or in the evening. Still, if you're adamant you don't want a phone line at all, and you just want your broadband without line rental, there are a few options to think about.

The simplest solution for many is to switch to a broadband service like Virgin Media that doesn't actually need a landline.

Click here to compare broadband-only deals

Is landline-free broadband a cheaper option?

Because you don't have to worry about paying for your phone line, it would be easy to assume that broadband-only packages would be dramatically cheaper. That's not the case.

Take Virgin Media for example. Its broadband without a landline only works out around £5 less than its standard packages. It's also worth noting that it's one of the pricier providers out there, so you may be able to find an alternative from a company like TalkTalk or Plusnet that includes a phone line, but actually costs less.

Current broadband deals

TalkTalk
Sky
Plusnet
BT
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Fast Broadband Broadband Unlimited Unlimited Broadband Unlimited Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls Broadband Premium + Weekend Calls
£275.40 Total first year cost £278.75 Total first year cost £306.99 Total first year cost £479.87 Total first year cost £246.83 Total first year cost
£22.95 p/m for 18 months 18 month contract £22.40 p/m for 12 months £9.95 setup costs 12 month contract £25.00 p/m for 12 months £6.99 setup costs 12 month contract £34.99 p/m for 12 months £59.99 setup costs 12 month contract £19.99 p/m for 18 months £6.95 setup costs 18 month contract
Up To 17 Mb Up To 17 Mb Up To 17 Mb Up To 52 Mb Up To 17 Mb
Pay as you go Pay as you go Pay as you go Weekend calls inc. Weekend calls inc.
Free Set Up! Totally Unlimited Broadband! Offer ends 22/12/16 Unlimited Monthly Usage Offer ends 20/12/16 Online exclusive: £125 BT Reward Card - see BT website for further details Offer ends 12/12/16 Unlimited Broadband
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Call TalkTalk on 0800 049 7843
Mon to Thurs 8am-10pmFri to Sun 8am-9pm
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Call Sky on 0800 151 2878
Mon to Sun 8am-10pm
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Call Plusnet on 0808 178 5954
Mon to Fri 8am-8pmSat 9am-7pmSun 9am-6pm
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Call BT on 0800 783 5390
Mon to Sun 8am-6.30pm
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Always remember - the key is to compare your options. That way you can see the prices side by side, and get a clear sense of what's the best package for your budget.

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Is 3G or 4G better than broadband? 

If you live somewhere with decent 3G or 4G mobile phone signal, you might be able to rely on mobile broadband for your internet access. This way, if you don't use your home phone, you can do away with your landline and wave goodbye to line rental forever. 

At first glance this might seem like a no-brainer, but unless you can access 4G, you'll find data-heavy stuff like streaming films and TV practically impossible at mobile speeds. To see if 4G is available where you live, use an online mobile coverage checker

Mobile internet is also likely to be significantly less cost-effective than a good value home broadband package. If you're anything more than an extremely light or occasional web user, what you save in line rental you may quickly incur in excess data charges. 

Is satellite broadband any good? 

As a last resort, if you live out in the sticks, beyond the reaches of BT and Virgin Media, and have patchy or non-existent mobile signal, satellite broadband could be an option. 

Broadband by satellite is usually more expensive, slower and often less reliable than regular ADSL or fibre optic broadband. However, like satellite TV from Sky or Freesat, it's available pretty much anywhere, and it eliminates the need for a landline. 

Click here for more on satellite broadband 

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