Do you need a landline for broadband?

Landline phones have become magnets for unwanted calls from salespeople, spammers, and scammers and for many, that landline remains unused, only there because we need it for broadband. But can you ditch the landline and save some money? In this guide, we take a look at your options.

Do I need a landline for broadband?

In our most recent poll, just under 50% said they haven't used a landline within the last year. If this is you, you might be wondering whether you can ditch it completely and save a few quid?

Technically you don't need a landline to have broadband, but packages that require you to have or get one do tend to be the cheapest. So it could still be worth getting a landline connection, even if you don't intend to use it.

While there are some providers that offer standalone broadband without a landline, they are less common and might have limited availability – so make sure to fully compare broadband deals to find the best one for your needs. 

Is it cheaper to get broadband without a landline?

Most of the time, broadband packages that include a landline are cheaper than standalone broadband-only options.

However, if you don't anticipate using a landline at all, it's worth comparing the costs of standalone broadband (broadband only) and broadband with a landline to determine which option is cheaper for you. You can do this by using with the 'line option' filter in our Broadband comparison tool.

What if I haven’t got a phone line?

If you don't currently have an active phone line, you may need to arrange for a line installation with your chosen broadband provider. Some providers offer installation services as part of their package, while others may charge an additional fee. If you're unsure, you can contact your preferred provider to discuss the process and costs that might be incurred.

Types of broadband only packages

While broadband-only packages are less common, they do exist.

Yet before committing to any broadband package, carefully compare the options available to ensure you're getting the best value for your needs. Don't forget to consider factors like speed, data limits, contract length, and additional fees.

Broadband only (no phone line)

If you never use your landline phone, some providers, including Virgin Media and BT offer broadband without a landline. Yet oddly enough, it's almost always much cheaper to get broadband with a landline than broadband-only.

So if you only want broadband, you may be better off getting it with a landline and just don't bother to plug a phone in. You can use our Broadband comparison tool to compare options.

If you do opt for broadband-only, you won't be able to use a phone to make and receive calls, even in an emergency.

Mobile broadband

If you live in an area with good mobile signal, you may want to consider mobile broadband. It will use either the 4G or 5G mobile network to provide you with internet connectivity, so there's no landline or wires. The network will usually give you either a dongle or hub which will act as your router so you can connect to it via Wi-Fi.

With mobile broadband, download speeds can fluctuate due to router positioning, distance from the nearest mobile mast and time of day. For 4G, you should expect speeds ranging from 10 to 50Mbps, which is enough for most online activities.

In contrast, 5G offers significantly higher speeds of around 150Mbps and is even capable of reaching up to 1,000Mbps, though 5G coverage is not as extensive as 4G.

image showing a fixed wireless access receiver attached to the outside of a house

Fixed wireless broadband

In certain areas, fixed wireless broadband, also known as fixed wireless access (FWA), is available, which uses radio signals to provide internet access. It's a viable alternative for those who can't get a traditional landline.

In Hull, for example, wireless provider Connexin offers an alternative to the local monopoly provider, KCOM.

Before committing to any broadband package, carefully compare the options available to ensure you're getting the best value for your needs. Don't forget to consider factors like speed, data limits, contract length, and additional fees.

What is the best landline and broadband package?

The best broadband and line package varies depending on individual needs, location, and preferences. To find the right package, start by assessing your specific requirements and priorities. 

Consider factors such as internet speed (measured in Mbps), customer service, budget, and contract length. 

To compare different packages available in your area, you can use our Broadband comparison tool and use the filters to find the right deal for you.

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