Whether for keeping in touch with friends and family - overseas or just around the corner - or simply to get broadband, most homes aren’t complete without a landline. And with so many line rental deals and call packages to choose from, we’re here to help you pick the right one.
Choosing a home phone deal
Years ago, BT was the UK’s only home phone provider. It’s still the most popular one, but there are now lots of others to choose from, and with increased competition come much better deals.
Most providers also do broadband, and the main ones - like BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - do TV too, and it’s almost always cheaper to get your broadband,phone and TV together from one provider than separately from different ones.
These are three main things to consider when comparing home phone deals:
Inclusive calls - Evening and weekend calls to UK landlines are usually included as standard, and you can upgrade to anytime. If you often call friends or family abroad, you can add inclusive international calls too.
Should you bundle? - Avoid taking your home phone, broadband and TV from different providers - bundles are virtually always the best deal if you want all three and mean you have just the one bill to keep on top of.
Cheap line rental
If you’re after a cheap phone line, there are providers like Plusnet that specialise in low-cost home phone packages. But before you plump for a cheap deal, think about why you need it.
For example, cheap line rental is pointless if you end up spending more than you’re saving on calls that aren’t included in your package. On the other hand, if you don’t make a lot of calls, or just need a phone line for broadband, it makes sense to look for the cheapest deal.
To avoid running up phone bills, you can pay upfront for inclusive calls, so you can make calls at specific times of day, to mobiles, or to international numbers, without paying anything extra.
Look at an old phone bill to see when you make calls. Even the cheapest packages normally include evening and weekend calls to UK landlines. And remember, if you want phone and broadband, it’s usually cheaper to get both - and TV if you want that as well - from one provider that does the lot.