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Broadband without a Landline

If you don't feel the need for a home phone, find a broadband package that delivers just what you need.

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Broadband without a Landline
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Offers from over 15 providers

Offers from over 15 providers

Hyperoptic Broadband

50Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband Only

12 month contract Fibre

50Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£22.00 / month

£29 upfront fees

EE Broadband

Unlimited Fibre Broadband without landline

18 month contract Fibre

36Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£25.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

KCOM Broadband

Superfast Unlimited Fibre

18 month contract Fibre

75Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£25 / month for 6 months

Then £42.00 / month

Zen Broadband

Full Fibre 500

24 month contract Fibre

500Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£55.99 / month

£29.99 upfront fees

Zen Broadband

Full Fibre 900

24 month contract Fibre

900Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£62.99 / month

£29.99 upfront fees

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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 are exceptions. Virgin Media, for example, 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 service. 
 
You can also get broadband without a phone line from a few smaller providers such as Hyperoptic and Gigaclear. 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 home broadband deal without a phone line could be beneficial to you if it can save you money. It all depends on what is on offer and how much you value having a home phone. Bear in mind though that many providers will offer line rental as standard and you won't always pay more for it.

Is broadband without line rental cheaper?

Not always. The choice on offer for broadband only packages is far smaller than for those with a landline. Therefore, you may not be getting the cheapest package on the market, even though you are paying for one less service. However, this doesn't mean you can't find cheap broadband without a landline.

What are my options for broadband without a landline?

Virgin Media

Virgin Media are currently the only widely available broadband provider in the UK offering high-speed internet without a landline. This is because Virgin Media uses its own network of fibre optic cables to deliver internet to your home, compared to the majority of other providers who use BT’s Openreach network of copper wires.

FTTP Providers

As well as Virgin Media, a few smaller providers also use their own fibre to the premises (FTTP) networks, meaning there’s no need to pay for a landline with your broadband subscription. However, these companies such as Hyperoptic only operate in limited areas, so depending on where you live, this may not be an option for you.

Mobile Broadband

Using 3G, 4G or 5G signals, mobile broadband is a viable alternative to fixed line broadband and doesn’t require you to have a landline. It works by inserting a USB dongle into your device which then allows you to connect to the internet via a 4G/5G signal.

With a 4G internet connection, you’ll get average speeds of around 21Mbps, so you’d be better off with a fibre optic broadband connection if it’s speed that you’re after. However, 5G can support speeds up to a massive 300Mbps, faster than many fixed-line connections.

You should be aware, however, that mobile broadband is often more expensive than fixed broadband. Average speeds are also less reliable with a mobile broadband connection due to interruption from other signals.

Tethering

Also known as hotspotting, tethering is when you use your mobile phone to share its 3G, 4G or 5G signal with another device, such as your computer. It’s similar to mobile broadband, but the service is provided by a mobile provider such as EE or Three. However, tethering should only be considered as a short-term option for broadband without a landline, as mobile data costs considerably more and you’re much less likely to find unlimited deals.

Satellite Broadband

Another alternative to fixed line broadband, satellite broadband requires you to have a satellite dish installed outside your home. While satellite internet is usually more expensive than fixed-line, and they usually come with download limits, it can be a good option if you live in an area with no access to high-speed fibre optic lines.

Last reviewed: 30 April 2021

Next review: 30 May 2021