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SkySky Broadband Unlimited
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
£18.99p/m
£28.99 p/m after 12 mthsincludes line rental1st year cost: £237.83
  • Save £120 over 12 months
  • Pay nothing today
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TalkTalk
  • Up to 17Mb download, 1Mb upload speed
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay for calls made (11.5p per min)
  • 12 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Free
set-up
cost
TalkTalkTalkTalk Fast Broadband
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
£20p/m
£25.50 p/m after 12 mthsincludes line rental1st year cost: £240
  • Save £66 over 12 months
  • Fixed price for the contract length
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Origin Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb download, 2Mb upload speed
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay for calls made (11.5p per min)
  • First month's payment required upfront
  • 12 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Free
set-up
cost
Origin BroadbandOrigin Unlimited Broadband
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
£16.99p/m
includes line rental1st year cost: £203.88
  • Free connection
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Virgin Media
  • Up to 100Mb download, 6Mb upload speed
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls (no line rental to pay)
  • 12 month contract
100Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
£20
set-up
cost
Virgin MediaVirgin Media VIVID 100 Fibre Broadband
100Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
£32.25p/m
1st year cost: £407
  • Pay nothing today
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Sky
  • Up to 38Mb download, 10Mb upload speed
  • 25GB monthly allowance
  • Pay for calls made (9.5p per min)
  • 18 month contract
38Mb
speed
(up to)
25GB
monthly
usage
£48.95
set-up
cost
SkySky Fibre Broadband
38Mb
speed
(up to)
25GB
monthly
usage
£20p/m
£28.99 p/m after 18 mthsincludes line rental1st year cost: £288.95
  • New Sky Customers (Sky TV not required)
  • Save £161 over 18 months
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TalkTalk
  • Up to 38Mb download, 2Mb upload speed
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay for calls made (11.5p per min)
  • 18 month contract
38Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Free
set-up
cost
TalkTalkTalkTalk Faster Fibre 38Mb
38Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
£27p/m
£32 p/m after 18 mthsincludes line rental1st year cost: £324
  • Save £90 over 18 months
  • Fixed price for the contract length
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Plusnet
  • Up to 38Mb download, 1.9Mb upload speed
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay for calls made (8.4p per min)
  • First month's payment required upfront
  • 18 month contract
38Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
Free
set-up
cost
PlusnetPlusnet Unlimited Fibre
38Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
£25p/m
£33.98 p/m after 18 mthsincludes line rental1st year cost: £300
  • Save £161 over 18 months
  • Free fibre connection (worth £25)
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Plusnet
  • Up to 17Mb download, 1.3Mb upload speed
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay for calls made (8.4p per min)
  • First month's payment required upfront
  • 12 month contract
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
Free
set-up
cost
PlusnetPlusnet Unlimited Broadband
17Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(traffic managed)
£18.99p/m
£28.98 p/m after 12 mthsincludes line rental1st year cost: £227.88
  • Online exclusive £50 Cashback
  • Save £119 over 12 months
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Origin Broadband
  • Up to 38Mb download, 10Mb upload speed
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay for calls made (11.5p per min)
  • First month's payment required upfront
  • 18 month contract
38Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Free
set-up
cost
Origin BroadbandOrigin Unlimited 38Mb Fibre Broadband
38Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
£24.99p/m
includes line rental1st year cost: £299.88
  • Free connection
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Vodafone
  • Up to 38Mb download, 10Mb upload speed
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay for calls made (11.5p per min)
  • 18 month contract
38Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Free
set-up
cost
VodafoneVodafone Unlimited Fibre 38
38Mb
speed
(up to)
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
£25p/m
£28 p/m after 18 mthsincludes line rental1st year cost: £300
  • £3 p/m discount for existing customers
  • Free connection worth £49
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What you need to know

  • Prices last checked and verified 19th June 2017
  • Broadband speeds may vary
  • Monthly costs include line rental
  • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
  • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract
  • Some providers offer line rental reduced prices when an upfront payment is made for 12 months

How to compare broadband-only deals

Many broadband deals come in a package with inclusive calls but there’s also a selection of broadband-only deals on the market that can help you save money by avoiding pre-paid calls you may not ever use. Our comparison table above outlines your options and lets you order them by price, broadband usage and speed.

Check availability

Broadband is widely available in the UK but not all providers cover all parts of the country. Therefore you’ll need to check what broadband-only services are available in your area, and this is easily done by entering your postcode into the checker at the top of the page.

Read the terms and conditions

Make sure you fully understand the ins and outs of any broadband-only deal before you sign up to ensure you don’t get stung with any limitations or penalty charges when you least expect it. Key points to look out for include set-up fees and cancellation charges, fair usage caps and call rates.

Why choose a broadband-only deal?

The increase in great-value mobile phone plans and the convenience of having all your contacts saved in your handset means fewer and fewer people use their home phone these days. The landline has become obsolete in many households and some just use it for the occasional call, so it can seem like a waste of money.

You may still need to pay line rental

The vast majority of broadband-only deals still require you to pay line rental, as an active telephone line is required to deliver an internet connection to your property. This means that should you need to make a call from home, you can still use your landline and you’ll just be charged a standard rate per call.

With the exception of Virgin Media

But things work a little differently at Virgin Media, since it is the only UK provider to offer a true broadband-only service without a phone line and no rental charge. You’ll just pay for installation and your monthly broadband fee, and there’s no way to make calls so you’ll have to rely entirely on your mobile.

Virgin Media broadband-only won't save you money

Despite the option to avoid the cost of line rental altogether at Virgin Media, the broadband-only service actually costs fractionally more than choosing to take it with a phone line and inclusive weekend calls. Strange but true.

Pros

  • No need to take a pre-paid calls package
  • Just pay for the calls you make

Cons

  • Most providers still charge line rental
  • You pay more for frequent landline use
  • No landline in an emergency with Virgin Media

What are the key elements of broadband-only deals?

As we’ve mentioned, you’ll still have to pay line rental with your broadband-only deal even if doesn’t offer inclusive calls and you don’t plan to use your landline. It’s a necessary evil unfortunately. The cost varies from around £13 to £18.99 per month so it must be factored into your overall budget, and look out for providers that allow you to pay upfront for 12 months’ line rental in a one-off discounted fee. Line rental is sometimes not obvious as new rules brought in regarding advertising now insist on the providers including the cost of line rental in the overall fee.

Check the cost of calls in case you need to make one

With the majority of broadband-only deals you’ll just pay for any calls you make, so it’s worth looking at the call rates so you don’t have a nasty shock when the bill arrives. Look at standard calls to UK landlines during the day and evenings, plus mobiles, premium rate numbers and international charges if you ever call abroad.

Plus the options for monthly call add-ons

If you expect to use your landline more than a couple of times a month, it’s worth looking at the cost of any optional monthly call add-ons. They vary between providers, but generally include a bundle of inclusive minutes to mobiles or landlines and are likely to work out cheaper than if you made the same amount of calls on pay-per-use.

And weigh up the saving against broadband and phone

Finally, unless you’re 100% sure you won’t use your landline, compare broadband-only deals with broadband and phone deals to double-check you’re getting the best-value deal for your expected usage. Many broadband packages include weekend calls as standard at no extra cost, and some are actually much cheaper than broadband-only deals.

Which broadband-only package should I choose?

Seriously consider your phone habits and whether you’re happy to do away with a landline completely, or think you might need it from time to time. You’ll be tied into a contract for at least 12 months so it pays to make the right choice now.

Consider what level of speed you need

Check what broadband speed you’re currently receiving with our speed test and consider whether it feels ample for your internet activities, or whether you often find yourself waiting around and could benefit from a faster service. Standard ADSL broadband ranges from up to 8Mbps to up to 17Mbps, while fibre broadband ranges from up to 38Mbps to up to a super speedy 300Mbps. Your speed options will depend on what’s available in your area and your monthly budget.

Plus how much you expect to download each month

All broadband plans come with a usage allowance that determines how much you can upload and download each month. Usage ranges from 2GB to unlimited so you’ll need to look at how much your household does online and pick a service to match. If you pick one with a limit and exceed it, you could face charges or penalties.

Essential questions before you buy

  1. Can I get a broadband-only deal in my area?
  2. Am I ever likely to use a landline?
  3. Have I compared the cost of broadband-only with broadband and phone deals?
  4. What broadband speed do I need?
  5. What usage limit is suitable for my household?
  6. Do the monthly cost, line rental and set-up costs fit within my budget?

Whether you choose to take broadband with or without an inclusive call package, it’s helpful to fully understand all of your options and the differences in price. It all comes down to what broadband choices are available in your area and if Virgin hasn’t reached your neighbourhood yet, you’ll still have to pay line rental with all other providers. Price is a key decider, alongside speed, usage limit and extra features.

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