Can you get broadband without a phone line?
Yes, broadband without a phone line does exist. But the options are limited.
Virgin Media is the only provider to offer broadband without a phone on a national network. It is not possible to get broadband without a phone line on any BT Openreach network provider, which accounts for almost all other ISPs.
In some areas you might be lucky enough to have the choice of gigabit fibre to the home (FTTH) from an ISP such as Hyperoptic, but these are only available from a handful of companies and only cover a tiny percentage of homes and businesses.
Should I get broadband without line rental?
Many of us no longer make voice calls with a home telephone, in which case broadband without line rental can save you a few quid. But the limited choice of deals means you may not find a suitable broadband package. It may be better to choose a deal with line rental to get the right broadband service.
What’s the difference between line rental, phone line and phone packages?
Line rental is the basic monthly fee you’ll have to pay in order to have a phone line. This will remain fixed each month, unless your provider implements a mid-contract price rise.
The terms phone line package or phone package are usually used to refer to inclusive call bundles which offer free or discounted calls to specific numbers, sometimes at certain times of the day. If you are going to use the landline for calls, then a phone package can save a lot of money.
Some providers offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to phone packages, and may allow you to add or remove call bundles without penalty.
Can I get no phone line broadband with providers such as Sky, EE and TalkTalk?
Of the major (and most minor) home broadband providers, only Virgin Media offers broadband without a phone. Other ISPs use the BT Openreach network to provide services, and that requires an active telephone line.
Some ISPs will sell a broadband only service, but this is intended for those who wish to use separate phone and broadband companies, and it still needs a phone line.
Why do some of the deals in the comparison table include a landline?
We’ve found that visitors to our site may start out looking for broadband without a phone, but due to the lack of options many end up choosing a regular broadband package instead.
That is why we have chosen to include other packages on this page, as well as any broadband only deals. Rather than simply displaying the one or two providers offering this service, we also list a choice of deals which are widely available, and provide the filters and help you need to sort through the options and find the right package.
How do I get broadband without line rental?
Enter your postcode: Use the postcode field on our comparison table to filter deals by location. This will eliminate packages which aren’t available in your area.
Select Virgin Media: As Virgin Media is the only ISP offering broadband without a phone line currently available, you will need to select a Virgin Media deal if you want broadband only. If you do not see any Virgin packages after entering a postcode, this means Virgin is not presently available in your area.
Why can’t I see line rental costs in the comparison table?
Line rental is no longer separate from the cost of broadband. The price you see in the comparison table is the cost for both broadband and - where applicable - a phone line.
Will taking broadband without a phone line always be cheaper?
Broadband only deals are not always the cheapest. Virgin Media is one of the more expensive providers (but also the fastest), and you may only save a few pounds by leaving out the 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 the landline is not being used for calls, choose a deal which has no inclusive calling bundles so you’re not paying for unnecessary extras.
Can I get broadband without a phone line on ADSL and fibre optic packages?
No. ADSL and fibre optic broadband packages (with a few exceptions - see FTTH below) use the BT Openreach network and require an active telephone line.
Are there any other options for broadband with no phone line?
Relish: London residents have access to Relish, an ISP which uses a 4G mobile network instead of fixed lines. Relish is not currently available on Broadband Genie but you can find out more by visiting their site directly.
FTTH: Fibre To The Home ISPs such as Hyperoptic use pure fibre networks and a phone line is not needed. Unfortunately these services are only available to a small number of properties.
Satellite internet: Broadband via satellite does not rely on any fixed lines or wireless transmissions, so as well as not paying line rental it can be installed anywhere in the UK. For more information read our guide to satellite internet.
Mobile broadband: The latest 4G mobile networks are faster than many home broadband services, and no line rental is required. But there are some potential downsides - our guide to mobile broadband at home explains the positives and negatives.
How do I get broadband without a phone package?
If you don’t mind paying line rental (or cannot get broadband without a phone), but have no use for a phone package with inclusive calls, you can filter out such deals in our comparison table by using the calls filter option.
How do I find the cheapest landline connection?
After entering your postcode and selecting the appropriate filters, 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 is not offered by every ISP, but a few providers (such as Origin and TenTel) 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?
Virgin Media is again the only option for TV and broadband bundles without a phone line. Sky TV can be purchased as a standalone product, but the box requires a telephone line to function.
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?
All Virgin Media broadband packages include a free Wi-Fi router, so you will have Wi-Fi access if you choose one of these deals.
There are also home broadband ISPs which use long range Wi-Fi transmissions to deliver services, but these are a rarity and only available in a few areas.