Broadband without a Phone Line

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Broadband without a Phone Line Buyers Guide

"Can I get broadband without a phone line?" is one of the most common questions we're asked. The answer is yes, but with many caveats. Here's the lowdown on what you need to know.

Why do most broadband deals need a phone line?

Most broadband providers offer services that run on the UK's copper wire phone network, and to use them you need an active phone line.

The majority of the UK's broadband providers use the Openreach network, which includes phone cables, street cabinets and telephone exchanges. Standard broadband runs on these phone cables, so it needs an active phone line. More surprisingly, most fibre broadband services also need one. In these 'fibre-to-the-cabinet' services the fibre cables only run as far as your nearest street cabinet — the connection to your home is completed via the copper phone wires.

Line rental typically adds around £13 to £19 to your bill each month, whether you want it or not.

Some Openreach-based broadband providers, including Plusnet, do offer broadband-only packages. These enable you to get your phone services from another provider, but you still can't forego the line rental altogether.

I don't want a phone line. What are my options?

It is possible to get broadband without a phone line in the UK, but your choices are severely limited.

Virgin Media's cable service is the most widely available alternative. Beyond that, there are a number of smaller or more niche providers, as well as the option of using a mobile broadband service.

Virgin Media without a phone line

Virgin Media is the largest provider able to supply broadband without requiring you to also pay for line rental.

Virgin is able to do this because the company owns its own cable network and has full control over what it chooses to sell you. Unfortunately, Virgin's network has far less coverage than Openreach, and is currently only available in around 65% of UK homes. Rural areas are largely excluded, and even in towns and cities where Virgin Media is available there tends to be areas and individual streets that aren't serviced.

Not all Virgin Media packages are free from line rental. The company also offers bundles that include broadband with phone and/or TV services if you want them.

Smaller and niche providers

Another option for getting broadband without a phone line is to look at smaller or niche providers. These services often come with significant restrictions.

Smaller providers

There are a number of smaller, specialist providers that can supply you with a broadband without a phone line. One such example is Hyperoptic, a company that is able to provide ultrafast broadband at speeds of up to 1Gb. It does this by offering fibre-to-the-premises broadband, which bypasses the street cabinets and copper wires (which is also a reason for the faster potential speeds). However, the more laborious installation process means that it is only available to apartment buildings, within the catchment area, and only if enough residents express an interest in the service.

Satellite broadband

Satellite broadband uses a dish rather than cables, and is mostly aimed at rural homes where the broadband infrastructure is lacking. The speed of satellite broadband services tends to be comparable to those of standard broadband packages, and slower than fibre. It can be expensive, requires expensive installation, and like mobile broadband comes with strict usage limits.

Fixed wireless broadband

Fixed wireless broadband (FWB) brings internet services to rural areas where standard broadband is not available. To get FWB, the provider must install a mast in the town or village — such as on the top of a church spire — so requires enough interest from residents for it to be viable. Connected homes also need a receiver installed with direct line of sight to the mast. Even homes in areas of good coverage may not be able to use the service. The speed of FWB can rival standard broadband, but is often much slower.

Mobile broadband

Mobile broadband works on the 4G mobile network. You connect to it via a portable wireless router or USB dongle with embedded SIM card. You can also get a SIM-only data package and insert the SIM card directly into your laptop or tablet.

If you're in an area with good indoors 4G coverage you can get speeds at least as fast as standard broadband, and potentially rivalling fibre broadband. There's a downside, though — it's a lot more expensive than a traditional broadband package. Most packages limit your monthly usage to between 2GB and 20GB of downloads per month, and you pay more for any excess use. If your requirements are very light, then mobile broadband could work for you. But it isn't a realistic alternative for most users.

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Hyperoptic 20Mb Fibre Broadband More Info

Special offer: Free for 3 months + free HyperHub wireless router + free connection!
FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!

802.11n Wireless Router

3.9 stars
up to
20Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£198 Free
£22.00 after 3 months

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Hyperoptic 20Mb Fibre Broadband + Phone More Info

Special offer: Free for 3 months + free HyperHub wireless router + free connection!
FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

3.9 stars
up to
20Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£225 Free
£25.00 after 3 months

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Hyperoptic 100Mb Fibre Broadband More Info

Special offer: Free for 3 months + free HyperHub wireless router + free connection!
FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!

802.11n Wireless Router

3.9 stars
up to
100Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£315 Free
£35.00 after 3 months

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Hyperoptic 100Mb Fibre Broadband + Phone More Info

Special offer: Free for 3 months + free HyperHub wireless router + free connection!
FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

3.9 stars
up to
100Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£342 Free
£38.00 after 3 months

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Virgin Media VIVID 100 plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
100Mb
unlimited 12
months
£399 £32.00
£40.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Player Bundle More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
100Mb
unlimited 12
months
£399 £32.00
£45.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media VIVID 100 More Info

No phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube

802.11ac Wireless Router

3.1 stars
up to
100Mb
unlimited 12
months
£402 £32.25

£14.99 upfront cost

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Virgin Media VIVID 200 plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
200Mb
unlimited 12
months
£459 £37.00
£45.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media VIVID 200 More Info

No phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube

802.11ac Wireless Router

3.1 stars
up to
200Mb
unlimited 12
months
£462 £37.25

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Mix Bundle More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
100Mb
unlimited 12
months
£483 £39.00
£52.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media VIVID 200 Gamer plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + The UK's fastest widely available upload speed + No traffic management + WiFi on the Tube!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
200Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£519 £42.00
£50.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media VIVID 200 Gamer More Info

No phone line necessary + The UK's fastest widely available upload speed + No traffic management + WiFi on the Tube

802.11ac Wireless Router

3.1 stars
up to
200Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£522 £42.25

£14.99 upfront cost

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Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Hyperoptic 1Gb Fibre Broadband More Info

Special offer: Free for 3 months + free HyperHub wireless router + free connection!
FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!

802.11n Wireless Router

3.9 stars
up to
1Gb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£540 Free
£60.00 after 3 months

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Hyperoptic 1Gb Fibre Broadband + Phone More Info

Special offer: Free for 3 months + free HyperHub wireless router + free connection!
FREE standard installation and connection worth £240!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

3.9 stars
up to
1Gb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£567 Free
£63.00 after 3 months

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Virgin Media Fun Bundle More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
100Mb
unlimited 12
months
£603 £49.00
£57.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Full House Bundle More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
200Mb
unlimited 12
months
£675 £55.00
£73.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Full House Movies Bundle More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
200Mb
unlimited 12
months
£795 £65.00
£93.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Full House Sports Bundle More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
200Mb
unlimited 12
months
£915 £75.00
£103.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media VIP Bundle More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + two Virgin TV V6 boxes + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

3.1 stars
up to
200Mb
unlimited 12
months
£1035 £85.00
£120.00 after 12 months

£14.99 upfront cost

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Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870

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Is taking broadband without a phone line cheaper?

Logic would state that taking broadband without a phone line would work out much cheaper, but that is not automatically the case.

What you do get is greater clarity in pricing. For instance, Virgin Media's SuperFibre 50 plan without phone costs £30.25 per month on a 12 month contract. The same broadband with phone costs £8 per month for 12 months, £19 after that, plus £17.99 for line rental, and requires an 18 month contract. So the bundle is cheaper for the first year, the two cost broadly the same after 18 months, and the no line rental package becomes cheaper after that.

Can I get a phone line at a later date if I need to?

It should be easy to add a phone line if you decide that you need one after all.

If you're with Virgin Media then you will be able to add a line with no problems. You will need to pay for installation and usage, or may have the option to take out a new contract. If you're using other broadband-only services, many providers will supply you with VOIP-based phone service, where calls are made over the internet. This has the downside of not working when there's a power cut or if your broadband is down. If you want to take a traditional phone line from a different provider you may need to have the line installed if you don't already have one.

Anything else I should know?

Getting broadband without a phone line is not as it easy as you might hope. Here are a few other things to consider before you buy:

  • Compare prices carefully. Bundles often work out cheaper, and it may prove less expensive to take a phone line you don't need, than choose a service without
  • If you don't want a phone, you can just unplug it. You need an active phone line, not an active phone
  • From 31 October, broadband pricing will need to reflect the total monthly cost for the service. Line rental charges will no longer be separated out