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.
The only major national provider who can currently offer a home broadband service without the use of a phone line are 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 go 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 a good deal on 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 3 or 4g to connect and with an average speed of 21 Mbps will be slower than you average broadband connection.
Depending on where you are you might be able to switch 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 1 GB 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, your out of luck.