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Although a ‘broadband only deal’ sounds simple, providers have their own definitions of what this type of package includes and involves.
Broadband only, for example, could mean broadband with no landline phone line at all, broadband with a landline phone connection provided by another company, or broadband without a combined TV, landline phone call package, or mobile phone provision.
A broadband only deal is perfect if you don't make calls from your landline. Broadband only is also ideal if you don't want to bundle your subscription TV (such as Sky) or pay for separate TV services with another provider (like Netflix or Amazon Prime TV).
You'll also be paying less for services that you don’t want, giving you the cheapest broadband possible. You may still have to pay line rental for your landline connection, but not having a handset or call package means that you can avoid nuisance calls.
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Generally, most types of broadband do require a landline connection to deliver an internet signal, so even if you don’t want to make calls with it, you’ll still need to have a phone line or landline installed. And that means paying line rental. This is because both 'standard' ADSL and the widely available fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband require a landline to deliver services to your property.
However, there are several alternatives if you really want a broadband deal that doesn’t require a landline. The latest fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband which is being rapidly rolled out across the UK doesn't need a conventional landline at all. So we're expecting more broadband only deals to become available. And, because they use their own network and no phone lines are involved, Virgin fibre broadband doesn't require a landline and so can offer true broadband only services. Finally, there are also a number of smaller cable internet providers such as Hyperoptic who can offer internet access without a landline.
Contrary to what you might think, it’s not always the case that you’ll save any money by opting for a landline-free broadband deal. And with both ADSL and most fibre optic products, the cost of line rental is included in your overall monthly bill.
Technically, yes. A wide range of fibre broadband deals are available that don’t include phone calls. But most will still come with an actual line, even if the package doesn't include any telephone usage.
As we’ve already mentioned, most types of broadband require a landline phone connection. And (Virgin Media and FTTP broadband aside), fibre broadband is no exception. So if you don’t already have a landline at your home, you may well need to have one installed before you can start enjoying your new fibre broadband deal. We’ve written a guide to broadband installation to help you understand what to expect when you get your broadband installed.
Most UK providers offer broadband only deals, without TV, landline phone calls or mobile phone provision included.
Our comparison lists every UK provider who offers their version of broadband only. This can be split into broadband without a phone line, and broadband with a phone line but just PAYG calls. Here’s a run down of what the major UK providers offer in terms of broadband only deals:
For more detailed reviews about the providers we list on Cable.co.uk, have a look at our broadband reviews to see which ISP is right for you.
Interested in what everyone else is buying? These are our most popular broadband only packages across Cable.co.uk for August 2022.
|Package||Broadband Speed||Contract Length||Monthly Price|
|Virgin Media M100 Fibre Broadband||108Mb average||18 months||£25 per month|
|Sky Broadband Superfast||59Mb average||18 months||£26 per month|
|Virgin Media M200 Fibre Broadband||213Mb average||18 months||£29 per month|
|NOW Super Fibre Broadband||63Mb average||12 months||£22 per month|
|Shell Energy Broadband Fast Broadband||11Mb average||18 months||£17.99 per month|
|NOW Brilliant Broadband||11Mb average||12 months||£18 per month|
|Onestream Fibre 55||45Mb average||12 months||£18.95 per month|
|Onestream Fibre 80||67Mb average||12 months||£19.95 per month|
|Shell Energy Broadband Superfast Fibre||35Mb average||18 months||£20.99 per month|
|italk Simply Broadband||10Mb average||24 months||£21.99 per month|
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