Broadband only explained
In this guide
- Broadband only deals
- Who provides broadband only deals?
- Do I still need a phone line?
- What is broadband only?
- Frequently asked questions
Broadband only deals are more complicated than they need to be. This is because people mean a lot of different things when they say 'broadband only'. And because broadband providers also have their own definitions.
For example, you may define broadband only to mean broadband without a phone line. Or perhaps broadband without a TV package. Providers will often define it as broadband with a phone line that only offers pay as you go (PAYG) calls. Or in some cases broadband with a landline provided by someone else. You can see why this is tricky. So let's start then by covering the main ways in which 'broadband only' is defined.
Our best broadband only deals in December 2020
TalkTalk Fibre 65
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- 67Mb average speed
- Unlimited usage
- PAYG calls
Virgin Media M100 Fibre Broadband (no phone line)
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- 108Mb average speed
- Unlimited usage
Plusnet Unlimited Broadband
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- 10Mb average speed
- Unlimited usage
- PAYG calls
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 without calls. You will still need a TalkTalk phone line which is included in the monthly cost.
Plusnet offers a range broadband speeds from 10Mbps to 66Mbps with pay as you go calls. You will need a phone line to which is included in the monthly cost.
Vodafone only offers fibre packages – 35Mbps and 63Mbps. You can get pay as you go calls with either package but you will need a phone line.
- Sky – Only offers its 11Mbps standard ADSL and its 63Mbps Fibre Max broadband packages with pay as you go calls. You will need a Sky phone line if you want Sky broadband
- SSE – Offers all three of its available speeds – averaging 11Mbps, 35Mbps and 63Mbps – with pay-as-you-go calls. You won't find any true broadband only deals from SSE, though. You will have to take out a phone line from SSE and pay line rental
- EE – Offers broadband speeds between 10Mbps (standard ADSL), 36Mbps and 67Mbps (fibre). All its speeds are available without a calling package (pay-as-you-go calls). You do need a phone line for EE broadband
- Virgin Media – Offers all four of its fibre speeds – averaging 54Mbps, 108Mbps, 213Mbps and 512Mbps – either with pay-as-you-go calls, or as 'true' broadband only with no phone at all. You won't save money on line rental if you go for this latter option, though – you still need that line to bring you your broadband, so there's no way around it. You may save a couple of quid by not having a phone line if you get it on the right day, though (prices go up and down all the time)
- Shell Energy Broadband – Offers broadband packages averaging 11Mbps (standard ADSL), 35Mbps and 63Mbps. All three of these speeds
- Direct Save Telecom – Angling itself as a strictly budget, no frills provider, Direct Save Telecom offers broadband speeds from 11Mbps to 63Mbps. All of its packages are available with pay-as-you-go calls, but you do need a home phone line
- Post Office Broadband – A no-frills broadband service aiming itself somewhat at the older generation, Post Office Broadband offers average speeds of 11Mbps for standard ADSL, and 36Mbps and 62Mbps for its fibre plans. All its deals are available with PAYG calls, but you will need to take out a phone line from Post Office Broadband
Do I still need a phone line?
If you're thinking of opting for broadband without a phone line, you're going to have to get it from Virgin Media. Virgin Media is the only provider to offer this option. Also, you'll need to bear in mind that you won't be saving any money on line rental. Line rental doesn't just apply to a 'phone line' – it applies to any physical line carrying a connection into your home.
If you can't save any money by not having a landline, you still might want to consider this option for one or more of the following reasons.
- Kill nuisance calls dead – If you never use your landline, if no one ever calls it, it just becomes a way for nuisance calls to get to you. Obviously, nuisance calls simply can't happen if you don't even have a home phone number
- You don't need a 'family phone' – Even in families where everyone has a mobile, a shared family line is often preferred as a means of keeping in touch with friends and family, especially those abroad, where calls can be substantially cheaper both for them and for you. They're also good in the sense that anyone who is home can answer and take a message. If you're not in this type of busy household and none of this applies to you, you may wish to consider broadband without a phone line from Virgin Media
- Everyone has a mobile and never hits their minutes limits – Maybe everyone in your household is glued to their mobile, always comes in under their minutes limits each month and never demonstrates any need to have a landline. If that's the case, why have one?
What is broadband only?
There are five different ways providers and customers may define broadband only. Let's take a brief look at them.
- Broadband without a phone line – Arguably, this is the most common way potential customers define the term. This means some sort of broadband deal that does not involve having a home phone. Only Virgin Media offers this type of deal, though it's unlikely you'll save any money opting for it, since you'll still be paying line rental on that same line, albeit it'll only be carrying your broadband signal
- Broadband with pay-as-you-go calls – For most providers who claim to offer broadband only, this is what they really mean: A package that offers broadband, but with a so-called 'calling package' (bundled add-ons that offer free evening, weekend, evening and weekend or anytime calls via your landline)
- Broadband with a phone line from another provider – Some providers will sometimes let you buy a broadband deal from them on its own, without a phone line. The catch is you do need a functioning phone line that you're paying line rental for
- Broadband without TV – When some people type 'broadband only' into a search engine. What they're actually looking for has nothing to do with line rental or home phones. Instead, they simply want a broadband package that doesn't come bundled with some sort of bundled subscription TV package
- Mobile broadband – Mobile broadband arrives at your home (or anywhere else for that matter) over the airwaves, via the same networks used by your smartphone. While mobile broadband isn't all that great an option for your home unless you really have no other choice – it's comparatively expensive and almost always data capped – it can be considered 'broadband only', since it truly does come with no other products or services attached
Frequently asked questions
What's the cheapest broadband only deal?
The cheapest broadband only option right now is £17.99 per month. You can compare the latest deals and offer using Cable.co.uk's comparison. Our deals are checked daily.
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. But more and broadband providers are now offering this as an option.
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 prices included in the monthly broadband price. You can choose broadband without inclusive calls but not without a phone line.