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Online exclusive Fibre 2 Only

New customers only Offer Ends 08/12/2022 Free access to BT Wi-Fi hotspots
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Onestream Fibre 80

New customers only UK-based service and support

Online exclusive 200 Mbps Fibre Broadband

New customers only Offer Ends 20/12/2022 12 months half price

Online exclusive 200 Mbps Fibre Broadband - 12 Months

New customers only Offer Ends 20/12/2022 6 months half price
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Online exclusive Full Fibre 500

New customers only Offer Ends 30/11/2022 Flexible ways to pay

Online exclusive 500Mbps Fibre Broadband

New customers only Offer Ends 20/12/2022 12 months half price
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Online exclusive 150Mbps Fibre Broadband

New customers only Offer Ends 20/12/2022 The same upload and download speed

Online exclusive 500Mbps Fibre Broadband - 12 months

New customers only Offer Ends 20/12/2022 6 months half price
Cyber Monday deal

Online exclusive Full Fibre 150

New customers only Offer Ends 30/11/2022 Flexible ways to pay

Online exclusive 67Mbps Fibre Broadband

New customers only Offer Ends 20/12/2022 The same upload and download speed
Cyber Monday deal

Online exclusive Full Fibre 500

New customers only Offer Ends 07/12/2022 UK-based customer service
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Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre Max Broadband 900

New customers only Offer Ends 30/12/2022 12 Month Xbox game pass for mobile customers

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Compare broadband without landline deals

Feel you don't need a landline? Or perhaps you're looking to save money by doing without one? Good news: we've got plenty of broadband without landline deals to choose from. Here's what you need to know..

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Can I get broadband without a phone?

Most broadband packages come with the added monthly cost of line rental, with access to a phone line that can be used to make calls.

The truth is that a lot of UK providers can only connect your broadband if you pay for line rental, although there are exceptions and the market is rapidly changing. Read on and we’ll explain everything.

What is broadband without a landline?

Broadband without a landline means access to the internet without having a home phone connection as part of the package. As most broadband providers still use copper wires from street cabinets for the ‘final leg’ into the home, you have to pay for line rental in order to cover maintenance costs.

Some providers, like BT, offer broadband without a landline, with the option to pay extra to use the existing infrastructure to make calls from home.

Others, like Virgin, operate fibre to the premises (FTTP) services, meaning they bring fibre optic connections straight to you, without the need to go through street cabinets or use older, slower copper cables. The latter is known as a broadband only deal.

FTTP and fibre only services are becoming increasingly common as the ageing copper network is finally retired.

Why do I need line rental?

Most providers deliver broadband into homes across the UK using phone lines. Whether you use that line to get online and stream the latest binge-worthy series or simply make calls to friends and family, the line’s maintenance costs are the same. And that means providers need to charge for it.

The majority of providers in the UK use Openreach to get their services to you. This works entirely through the copper phone lines of BT's national network.

That means you’ll need a phone line to get your broadband up and running, except if you pick one of a small handful of providers that use an alternative to Openreach.

It doesn't mean you have to have a phone attached and you don’t have to pay for calls if you don’t want to. The main thing here is that the line itself has to be active.

Broadband without a phone line

A handful of providers offer broadband only deals that don’t have line rental at all, delivering what’s known as fibre to the premises (FTTP). It works a little differently, meaning a landline isn't always necessary.

Alternatives include mobile broadband, which is delivered via 4G like a mobile network using a MiFi or mobile hotspot, or satellite broadband. Neither, however, are quite as reliable as a standard wired home connection.

Which providers offer broadband without a landline?

The best known provider to offer broadband without a landline is Virgin Media. It has its own network, meaning it isn’t reliant on Openreach and BT’s copper lines to complete the final part of the connection into your home.

There are, however, an increasing number of providers offering fast broadband without a landline. Hyperoptic has developed a strong reputation in this space, as has Gigaclear, a specialist in bringing fibre broadband into rural areas. Zen is also worth checking out.

Big names like BT, TalkTalk and Vodafone are also boosting their networks and looking to bring fibre to the premises. However, coverage very much depends on where you live. Enter your postcode here and see what’s available to you now.

Home phone

If you need to make phone calls from home take full advantage of the line rental you’re paying for by locking in some extras. A lot of providers offer inclusive calls, voicemail, calls to other countries, and mobile apps to use your home phone minutes when you're connected to Wi-Fi elsewhere on your smartphone or tablet.

Some providers even include a few of these features - like evening or weekend calls to UK landlines - as part of their standard line rental.

And, of course, you can always get line rental and a landline contract without broadband attached to it.

Other 'Broadband-only deals'

If you don’t want a landline and are keen on maximum flexibility, then a hotspot utilising mobile broadband is a solid option. Three’s HomeFi connects using wired internet or mobile networks, meaning that if you have a solid connection you can access the internet via its rapid 4G and 5G platforms. Vodafone’s Gigacube does much the same and has a good reputation.

Alternatively, you could go for the excellent AI Cube, which allows you to connect up to 64 devices using its 4G network.

What are the pros and cons of a broadband package with no landline?

Pros

  • Great deals with the fastest fibre broadband speeds
  • Good option in rural areas as well as towns and cities
  • More and more providers are moving into this space, meaning more coverage for broadband without a landline throughout the UK

Cons

  • Not as much choice compared against broadband with line rental
  • You’ll need to pay for a separate landline if you want to make calls from home
  • Can be more expensive than regular fibre broadband deals
Frequently asked questions

Can I get fibre optic broadband without a phone line?

Yes. Most broadband without a phone line is designed to offer the fastest fibre connections without having to rely on the ageing network of copper phone lines. FTTP services are increasingly common and available from Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk, as well as a range of smaller providers.

Do broadband prices include line rental costs?

If you’re not opting for a so-called ‘broadband only deal’ then yes. However, these costs are not hidden and will be shown in the overall monthly price when you compare deals. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) banned the practice of splitting line rental costs from broadband in 2016, so whatever price you see is what you will pay each month.

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