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Most standard and fibre broadband deals include a landline phone connection, as this is the way your broadband signal will be delivered to your home. Many people simply have the landline installed, but don’t buy a handset and use this to make calls.
If you’re looking for a new broadband deal and are already a landline user, however, you could benefit from a broadband deal that also includes a call package.
This page will tell you what this involves, which providers offer broadband and phone packages, and what you need to consider before signing up.
|Package||Broadband Speed||Contract Length||Monthly Price|
|NOW Super Fibre Broadband||63Mb average||12 months||£20 per month|
|NOW Brilliant Broadband||11Mb average||12 months||£18 per month|
|John Lewis Broadband + Evening & Weekend Calls||10Mb average||12 months||£18.75 per month|
|NOW Fab Fibre Broadband||36Mb average||12 months||£20 per month|
|Shell Energy Broadband Fast Broadband + Eve & Weekend Calls||11Mb average||18 months||£21.99 per month|
|John Lewis Fibre Broadband + Eve & Weekend Calls||36Mb average||12 months||£24 per month|
|Plusnet Unlimited Broadband + Eve & W/End Calls||10Mb average||18 months||£24.22 per month|
|John Lewis Broadband + Anytime Calls||10Mb average||12 months||£25.03 per month|
|Shell Energy Broadband Fast Broadband + Anytime Calls||11Mb average||18 months||£25.99 per month|
|John Lewis Fibre Extra Broadband + Eve & Weekend Calls||66Mb average||12 months||£27 per month|
Many broadband providers bundle together broadband and landline phone deals that include things like free evening or weekend calls. If you’re a regular landline phone user, this can save you money and make it easier to manage your account with both services looked after by the same company.
As both standard / ADSL and fibre broadband require a landline to be plugged in, even if it’s not used to make calls, it’s worth checking to see if there are any benefits to be enjoyed by combining your broadband and landline phone provision. These include:
Price discounts – Combining broadband and landline phone services could be cheaper than buying the two separately.
Simplicity – Having one provider for two services makes it easier to manage yr account, especially if you want to add extras or make changes to your basic service. It may also make life easier if you’re moving house and want to take your broadband and phone deal with you. Our guide to broadband and moving house should help make this process even easier.
Incentives – When combining broadband and landline phone services, providers will usually throw in some incentives to save you money - such as free evening or weekend calls to other landlines. Make sure you check the small print, and stick to any time restrictions within your package. Using your phone outside specified times could be expensive.
Most major broadband providers offer broadband and phone deals. We’ve put together a summary of the best broadband and landline phone providers in the UK, to help you find a deal that’s right for you.
If you'd like to know how the providers really stack up, have a look at our broadband reviews to learn more.
There are a few factors to consider when choosing the best combined broadband and landline phone deal for your needs:
Price – A broadband and landline phone deal may look much more expensive than a stand-alone broadband deal, but paying a higher monthly price could save you money in the long run if free or discounted calls are included. Along with regular payments, you’ll also need to look out for set-up and equipment costs and line rental charges, which may be offset against incentives like gift vouchers and bill credits.
Inclusive minutes – Think about how often you’re likely to use your landline phone, and go for a deal that includes enough minutes to suit your needs. There’s little sense in paying for hours of free calls when you’ll only be using your landline phone occasionally. If you use your landline phone often, however, an unlimited deal is probably right for you.
When can minutes be used? – Typical deals include free minutes during evenings and weekends, but some providers also offer packages that include minutes which can be used at any time of the day. Think about when you’re most likely to use your landline phone, and choose accordingly.
Check the small print – Your provider will have some terms and conditions within your broadband and landline phone deal, such as free minutes being applicable only for the first hour of a call (meaning you’ll need to hang up and redial before you reach 60-minutes, or risk being overcharged). Knowing the details of your deal will ensure you don’t rack up additional costs that cancel out your savings.
Additional call costs – If the free minutes included in your broadband and landline deal are to other landlines only, you need to know the cost of making calls to mobiles, or internationally, or risk facing bigger than anticipated bills.
Contract length – As with all broadband contracts, the longer you’re prepared to sign up for a deal, the cheaper you can expect monthly charges to be. So if you’re not planning on moving house in the next couple of years, a 24-month contract ensures maximum savings. Most people sign up for a broadband contract that’s 12-months in length.
Broadband speed – When focusing on landline phone provision, it’s important not to neglect the type and speed of broadband that’s included in your package. As always, carefully consider the speed you’ll need depending on the number of people in your household, and the type of thing they regularly do online. Check out our guide to broadband speeds to figure out what speed is right for your household.
Unlimited deals – Unlimited broadband and phone deals mean you don’t have to worry about hitting a usage or data cap. You can use your phone and internet as much as you like in any given month (like mobile phone contracts that offer unlimited usage for a fixed monthly fee). It’s worth checking whether your usage will truly be ‘unlimited’ as certain conditions and restrictions may apply.
Customer service – If you’ll be dealing with only one provider for two services, it makes sense to go with a company that has a proven track record in excellent customer services. Plusnet and John Lewis are two broadband providers that excel in this area.
When comparing broadband and landline phone packages, you’ll come across some common terms that you may not understand. Our at a glance guide to broadband and landline terminology will help you make the right choices.
For more help understanding the various terms and acronyms regularly used in broadband communications, our broadband glossary could help.
Many providers include TV services with their combined broadband and landline deals, or as a broadband and TV bundle with no phone service included.
If you think you’d like to add TV as well to your broadband and phone deal, have a look at our broadband, TV and phone deals.
Now that many of the major broadband providers in the UK have moved into the mobile phone market, broadband and mobile bundles are becoming more widely available. These can also be bundled with broadband and landline phone deals, for a complete package.
Virgin Media and BT are among the most popular providers for a broadband and mobile phone deal, while traditional mobile operatives like EE and Vodafone also have combined broadband and mobile packages.
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