If you don’t want a landline, you might be able to skip installation and get a broadband-only deal. But is it the cheapest option?
More people are finding they can live without a telephone landline, but many still depend on their landline provider for their broadband connection. Getting a broadband-only deal for your home is possible, but it’s not always the cheapest option. Read our guide to broadband-only deals.
Can I get broadband without a landline?
Most broadband providers require you to have a working landline in order to get hooked up to the internet. This is why you will generally be subject to a line rental cost as well as the cost of the internet connection.
However, there are some providers that don’t require you to have a landline.
Virgin Media has packages that don’t require a landline. This is because it has its own cable network, meaning it doesn’t have to rely on phone lines. Around 60% of the UK is covered by Virgin Media, so you should check that you live in an area with good Virgin Media coverage before you start trying to switch.
Another option, if you are based in Central London, is Relish. Relish offers a broadband package that you can install yourself, with no landline and no engineers.
If you are interested in either of these providers, an easy way to check if they cover your area is to enter your postcode into our comparison tool and see if they appear in the results.
Can you get a broadband-only deal with fibre optic?
Yes, you can. All of Virgin Media’s broadband offerings are fibre optic, so if the firm covers your area, then you can get it. Virgin Media offers speeds from 54Mbps, up to 362Mbps.
Do you need a landline to get unlimited broadband?
No, not necessarily. Both Virgin Media and Relish offer unlimited broadband packages. So if you have access to either of these providers then you will be able to get an unlimited broadband package without having a landline.
Is it cheaper to get a broadband-only deal?
Again, not necessarily. Because broadband-only deals are less common, there is less chance that it will be the cheapest option. Once you have compared what’s out there, you might find it cheaper to have a landline installed and pay for the line rental fees.
Here are the best ways to get a cheap deal on broadband:
- Commit to a longer contract – many providers offer discounts if you pay upfront for your line rental or commit to a longer broadband contract
- Sacrifice speed – the fastest internet connection will usually be the most expensive. If speed isn’t a priority for you, you might find yourself with a cheaper monthly bill
- Bundle bills together – some providers will offer a cheaper package deal if you bundle several monthly bills together. Providers like BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media can offer a single monthly bill that will cover some or all of your TV, broadband, landline and your mobile phone
- Do you need unlimited? Not everyone needs an unlimited broadband deal. If your usage is modest, then you might find yourself saving with a smaller monthly allowance
Compare broadband and broadband only deals
To find the cheapest deals on broadband, you need to compare the options available in your surrounding area. Simply input your postcode here, and check what deals are available for your home or office. You might find a broadband only deal to be the cheapest, similarly you might find it cheaper overall to bite the bullet and have a landline installed.
The important thing to remember is to shop around and choose the deal and the provider that suits you and your internet needs.
Sources and methodology
*Annual savings based on average monthly bill of £33.99 from nationally representative sample (1000) vs our cheapest monthly cost for superfast broadband (>55Mbs) £18.95/month, May 22. Annual saving: £180.48.