Broadband only explained
In this guide
- Best broadband only deals for March 2021
- What is a broadband only deal?
- Do I still need a landline if I don’t use the phone?
- Can I get fibre broadband without a landline phone package?
- Which UK providers offer broadband only deals?
- What are the key benefits of broadband only deals?
- Could a broadband and phone or broadband and TV bundle be a better option?
- Frequently asked questions
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.
Internet only deals can be difficult to understand, so this guide will help you get to groups with what they are, and whether this type of broadband deal is right for you.
Best broadband only deals in March 2021
TalkTalk Fibre 65
£75 Gift Card£26 p/mZero one-off cost See Deal
- 67Mb average speed
- Unlimited usage
- PAYG calls
Virgin Media M100 Fibre Broadband
£44 p/m£35 one-off cost See Deal
- 108Mb average speed
- Unlimited usage
- No phone line
Plusnet Unlimited Broadband
£65 Reward Card£18.99 p/mZero one-off cost See Deal
- 10Mb average speed
- Unlimited usage
- PAYG calls
What is a broadband only deal?
Definitions of a ‘broadband only deal’ vary massively between providers. On this page, we’ll talk about deals that include only the provision of internet services, without any landline, mobile phone, or TV services included. All of the deals on this page include PAYG calls, should you need to use the landline – rates will vary so you will need to read the fine print of your broadband contract.
Do I still need a landline if I don’t use the phone?
Most types of broadband 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 home phone line installed.
If you’re determined to go for a broadband deal that doesn’t require a physical landline connection, there are some limited options available through a small number of providers like Virgin Media and Hyperoptic.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s unlikely that you’ll save any money by opting for a landline-free broadband deal. The cost of line rental is included in your overall monthly bill.
Can I get fibre broadband without a landline phone package?
Yes. A wide range of fibre broadband deals are available that don’t include a landline or mobile phone call package.
As we’ve already mentioned, most types of broadband require a landline phone connection. Fibre broadband is no exception. If you don’t already have one of these hooked up to your home, you’ll 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.
Which UK providers offer broadband only deals?
Most UK providers offer broadband only deals, without TV, landline phone calls or mobile phone provision included.
Here’s a run down of what the major UK providers offer in terms of broadband only deals:
Who provides broadband only deals?
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 with pay as you go calls. Here are the providers with notes on what each offers.
TalkTalk Will allow you to take any of its broadband deals with pay as you go calls only, with installation of a TalkTalk phone line required.
Plusnet offers a wide range of internet only deals with speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 66Mbps.
Vodafone offers fibre broadband internet only deals with speeds between 35Mbps and 63Mbps.
- Sky – Only offers its 11Mbps standard ADSL and its 63Mbps Fibre Max packages as broadband only options, with the choice to add pay-as-you go calls if wished.
- SSE – SSE offers all three of its available speeds (11Mbps, 35Mbps, and 63Mbps) as broadband only deals with pay-as-you-go calls.
- EE – EE offers broadband speeds of between 10Mbps for standard and 67Mbps for fibre broadband. All are available without a call package.
- Virgin Media – Virgin offers all four of its fibre speeds,averaging 54Mbps, 108Mbps, 213Mbps and 512Mbps, either with pay-as-you-go calls or as a ‘true’ broadband only deal, with no landline phone connection at all.
- Shell Energy Broadband – Averaging speeds of between 11Mbps and 63Mbps, Shell Energy offers its broadband only packages with PAYG calls.
- Direct Save Telecom – A no-frills provider offering some of the UK’s cheapest broadband only deals, with typical speeds of between 11Mbps to 63Mbps. Calls are offered as PAYG with their broadband only deals.
For more detailed reviews about the providers we list on Cable.co.uk, have a look at our reviews hub to see which ISP is right for you.
What are the key benefits of broadband only deals?
A broadband only deal is a good option if you have a mobile phone package that allows you to make unlimited calls, and know you won’t need to use a landline.
Broadband only deals are also well suited to people who don’t watch a lot of TV, or who are already tied into a TV package with an existing provider.
In these circumstances, a broadband only deal will prevent you from paying for services that you don’t want or need, giving you the cheapest broadband provision possible for your requirements.
While you may still have to pay line rental for your landline connection, not having a handset or call package also means that you can avoid nuisance calls.
Could a broadband and phone or broadband and TV bundle be a better option?
Depending on your circumstances, you could save money by combining broadband and landline phone provision, bundling together broadband and TV, or bringing all three together with one provider. Many people also find it more convenient to receive one bill, and deal with one company, for a combined broadband package.
Broadband and phone packages: Most broadband deals include a landline, as your internet is delivered by this type of connection. Often, no calls are included with this landline and it’s used only on a pay-as-you-go basis, which can be expensive.
A broadband and phone package that includes things like free evening or weekend calls, or even unlimited free calls if you pay a little extra, can save you a substantial amount of money - but only if you’re a regular landline user.
If you already have an unlimited mobile phone contract, however, there is little incentive to sign up for a broadband and landline phone deal.
Broadband and TV packages: Not all broadband providers offer TV services within their deals, but those that do have a great range of choice that will satisfy all types of user. If you watch a decent amount of TV, combining a package with the likes of Sky, Virgin Media and BT can save you money and give you access to some fantastic shows.
Broadband, landline phone and TV packages: Combining your broadband, landline phone and TV provision in one deal can save you a good amount of money, along with being a convenient way to manage your entertainment and communications services with one monthly bill and one provider to contact if something goes wrong. Not all providers offer this type of deal.
Frequently asked questions
What's the cheapest broadband only deal?
The cheapest broadband only option right now is £18.99 per month. You can compare the latest deals and offers using Cable.co.uk. Simply enter your postcode to see which deals are available in your area and filter by what’s important to you. Our deals are checked daily, so you can be assured of the very best deals available.
Do I need a phone line for a broadband only deal?
Nearly all providers include line rental charges in their prices. You can get broadband only with a phone line but choose not to include calls. See our broadband without a phone line comparison for true broadband without a phone line.
Can I get broadband without phone line rental?
Yes. Virgin Media was the first to offer this service. Hyperoptic and a few other broadband providers offer this as an option too.
Can I get WiFi with a broadband only deal?
Yes. You can find broadband only deals with WiFi from a number of internet service providers.
Is a broadband only deal right for me?
If you don’t make calls from your landline, you may prefer a broadband only deal. Most providers don't offer broadband without a phone line. But you can opt for a broadband without inclusive calls.
Can I get TalkTalk broadband only?
TalkTalk includes the line rental in the price of your broadband package. You can choose to have broadband only without inclusive calls. TalkTalk doesn't include options to get broadband without a phone line.
Can I get BT broadband only?
BT includes line rental charges in your monthly broadband price. You can choose broadband only without inclusive calls but not without a phone line.
Can I get Sky broadband only?
Sky broadband comes with a phone line but the price is included in the monthly broadband price. You can choose Sky broadband without inclusive calls but not without a phone line, since you’ll need that.