Can I get broadband without a phone line?
Yes! Broadband without a phone line does exist. But the options are little more limited.
The majority of home broadband services use the Openreach telephone network to deliver their broadband products. Currently, most of these require an active phone line.
But things are starting to change. As well as full fibre deals (FTTP), which don't require an active landline, Plusnet, EE and BT offer standard fibre broadband packages that are completely digital. But these options are only available to a smaller number of homes across the UK.
There are a few other choices, too. Satellite and mobile broadband don't need a phone line. But these come with their own considerations. Let's dive a little deeper...
Wait a minute... Why do some of the deals on this page include a landline?
That's why we've chosen to include other packages on this page, as well as any broadband only deals.
Rather than only displaying the one or two providers offering this service, we also list a choice of the best internet deals widely available.
Should I get broadband without line rental?
Hands up how many of you have your home phone unplugged? If this sounds like you, choosing a broadband without line rental could save you a bit of money.
But the limited choice of deals means you might not find a suitable broadband package. For this reason, you may be better off choosing a deal with line rental to give you more options.
What’s the difference between line rental, phone line, and phone packages?
Line rental is the fixed monthly fee you’ll have to pay to have a phone line. Currently, you may need to pay this to get access to the internet. However, by the end of December 2025, analogue phone lines on the Openreach network will be shut down. So, line rental as we know it won't be charged.
But there's a way to go until then and until all providers move over to a digital line, the information on this page should help you decide on the best deal.
Phone line packages usually refer to inclusive call bundles offering free or discounted calling. If you're going to use the landline for calls, then a phone package with unlimited calls could end up saving you a lot of money eventually.
Some providers are flexible when it comes to phone packages. They might allow you to add or remove call bundles without penalty, so you can always swap it around later on if you change your mind.
We dive a little deeper into this topic in our guide to line rental.
Can I sort Wi-Fi without a phone line from providers such as Sky and TalkTalk?
Others currently still use the BT Openreach network to provide services, and in most cases, an active telephone line is required. You don't have to take an inclusive call bundle, but you do need an active phone line, even if you never intend to plug in a phone or make a single call.
A few other providers also sell 'broadband only' services, but this is intended for those who wish to use different companies for phone and broadband, and it still needs a phone line to function.
How do I get broadband without line rental?
1. Enter your address.
Our deals checker is clever enough to eliminate packages that aren’t available in your area.
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2. Select a BT, Virgin Media, Plusnet deal or look out for the words 'Full Fibre'.
BT, Virgin Media and Plusnet will often be the only providers offering broadband without a phone line. However, in a few areas, providers such as Hyperoptic, Community Fibre, and Gigaclear are an option. These all use their own network and don't rely on a standard telephone line.
Will broadband without a phone line always be cheaper?
Broadband only deals aren't always the cheapest. BT and Virgin Media tend to the more expensive providers, and you may only save a few pounds by leaving out line rental.
Check the monthly cost as you compare deals. If you’re looking for the cheapest broadband package, a phone line is probably going to be a necessity. If you're sure you won't need to make calls, select the 'no calls' filter.
Can I get broadband without a phone line on ADSL and fibre optic packages?
ADSL broadband isn't available without a phone line. If you have ADSL broadband and don't need the phone, you may be able to save a little money by choosing a deal without inclusive calls.
Again, look out for full fibre packages as these faster fibre plans won't require a phone line.
Can I use 4G or 5G mobile broadband instead of home broadband?
One option for getting home internet without a phone is to use a 4G or 5G mobile network. A good place to start is by looking at the home broadband options from Three and EE.
These can be as fast, or faster, than many home broadband services, and there are now mobile broadband packages designed for home use. These tend to have unlimited or very generous data usage allowances. Unlike a mobile broadband dongle, these Wi-Fi routers are designed for use in the home.
To get one of these services, you don't need any phone line. All you need is a strong signal in your area to provide a decent speed.
To learn more about this, read our guide to using mobile broadband at home.
Are there any other options for broadband with no phone line?
Broadband via satellite doesn't rely on any fixed lines or wireless transmissions, so it can be installed anywhere in the UK. For more information, read our guide to satellite internet.
There are some ISPs that use wide-area wireless networks to provide home broadband services. Wireless broadband is usually found in rural areas where fixed-line services are lacking.
FAQs about broadband without a phone
How do I get broadband without a phone package?
If you don’t mind paying line rental (or you can't get broadband without a phone) but have no use for a phone package with inclusive calls, filter out deals in our comparison table using the calls filter option.
How do I find the cheapest landline connection?
After entering your address, have a play with the filters. You can sort the displayed deals by price to view them from lowest to highest.
The cheapest line rental is usually found by paying for the broadband and phone package in advance. This isn't offered by every ISP, but a few providers have an option to pay for the entire contract in one go at a lower rate than the equivalent monthly charge.
Can I get TV without a telephone line?
BT and Virgin Media offer TV and broadband bundles without a phone line.
Sky TV can be purchased as a standalone product, but the box requires a telephone line.
You could also use streaming TV, but of course, that requires a broadband connection, which may also need a telephone line.
Can I get Wi-Fi without a phone line?
Yes! Wi-Fi doesn't need a phone line to function. You can get Wi-Fi in your home regardless of what type of broadband you have. All you need is a Wi-Fi router, which is included for free with almost every broadband deal.
Why can't I see phone line rental costs in the comparison table?
Line rental is no longer separate from the cost of broadband. The price you see in our comparison tables is the cost for both broadband and, if included, a phone line.
Things are changing in the world of broadband. Previously, with an ADSL service, it would have been necessary for everyone who needed to get online to have a working landline, and pay line rental for it.
However, as more people around the UK get access to a full fibre network (FTTP), there's less need for a telephone line at all (unless you specifically want to make home phone calls). On top of this, BT, Virgin Media and (since September 2023) Plusnet broadband customers don't need a landline to sign up to a fibre broadband deal. More providers will be working towards a digital line in the near future as traditional phone lines on the Openreach network will be switched off by December 2025.
There are also other options if you don't have a landline installed to your property, or can't get one. These include satellite broadband and mobile home broadband.
The best way to find a broadband deal that doesn't require a phone line is to use our deals checker.
If you've been on the same package for a while, and you're now out of contract, you're almost guaranteed to find a cheaper deal. By switching to a provider that doesn't require a landline, you could be saving yourself money simply by ditching your line rental costs every month. This is definitely a great idea if you're not a big home phone user.