Landlines are becoming a thing of the past. Now pretty much all communications can be done via mobile or video services like skype, home phones are almost exclusively the tool of choice for the nuisance caller.
Many people wish to rid themselves of this inconvenience, and the cost associated with it, however most broadband packages
need your phoneline to deliver internet. We’ve weighed up the pros and cons of a few different methods so you can work out if it’s worth it.
Can I get broadband without a phone line?
Yes. While most major broadband providers in the UK will require you to have a phone line as this is what is used to transfer data, there is one exception. Virgin Media
use their own network of fibre optic cables to deliver you internet, and you therefore don’t need a landline to benefit from their broadband deals.
You can also get broadband deals without a phone line from a few smaller providers such as Hyperoptic
. However, they currently serve very limited pockets of the country, so chances of your home being covered by them yet are slim.
Should I get broadband without a phone line?
Using a home phone to communicate with people is becoming increasingly obsolete these days. Therefore, getting a broadband deal without a phone line could be beneficial to you if it can save you money. It all depends on the deals on offer and how much you value having a home phone.
Is it cheaper?
Not always. The choice on offer for broadband deals without a phone line is far smaller than for deals with one. Therefore, you may not be getting the cheapest deal on the market, even though you are paying for one less service.
So, where can I get broadband without a phone line?
Virgin Media Broadband
The only major national provider who can currently offer a home broadband
service without the use of a phone line is Virgin media. The reason they can do this is because they use a cable connection
, rather than an ADSL connection, which most providers use and which provides broadband using a phone line. Virgin Media
isn’t the only provider of cable internet, but they are currently the only national provider offering broadband only packages.
Even though you can get internet without a landline, it doesn’t always make it cheaper. The broadband deals
you can get from Virgin without a phone line will generally be more expensive for the first year than packages with a phone line. For example, if you were to opt for Virgin’s most expensive package, which offers up to 300 Mbps, then you would pay £42 per month for the first year and then £55 per month after that. However, if you were going for a no phone line deal you would be looking at a flat rate of £48 per month.
Secondly, it is important to point at that Virgin is one of the most expensive broadband providers
out there. So even if you can save money by switching to a non-phone line option with them, there may be cheaper options out there with other providers who offer good broadband deals
with a phone and internet bundle.
Another way you can wave farewell to your dusty old home phone is to switch to mobile broadband. This will mean switching to a broadband dongle
which you can read more about here. Another way is to tether your mobile device to your laptop
. This essentially means connecting the two and using your mobile as a gateway for your laptop to connect to the internet.
The advantage of these two methods is that you can connect to the internet on the move, wherever you are. The downside is that it requires 3g or 4g
to connect and with an average speed of 21 Mbps will be slower than your average broadband connection.
Local Internet Providers
Depending on where you are you might be able to switch broadband
to one of the smaller, newer broadband providers
that do not require a phone line to connect to the internet. Companies such as Small Fibre, Hyperoptic
and Wimax are cropping up around the country and they can offer speeds of up to 1Gb/s and at competitive prices. The problem here is availability, so unless you are lucky enough to be in one of the areas these companies operate in, you're out of luck.