Broadband-Only

Our comparison table below shows you the most up to date list of the best broadband deals available.

Broadband-Only Buyers Guide

With the huge variety of broadband deals available in the UK it sometimes pays to keep it simple when looking for a supplier and choose a broadband-only deal. We know that sometimes all you want is broadband and nothing else, or you just can't find a suitable bundle so you are looking for broadband-only. We'll take a look at what's important when looking for just broadband and what some of the pitfalls will be.

What does broadband-only mean?

A broadband-only deal does pretty much what it says on the tin and will only provide you with a broadband service.

It's not a broadband and phone package, it's not going to include TV or anything else. Quite simply it's just broadband and nothing else.

Do I need a phone line to get broadband-only deals?

For most of the broadband-only deals available you will actually need a working phone line, and in most cases this means a working BT phone line.

These are mainly ADSL broadband deals and some BT Infinity based fibre optic deals. The exception to this rule is Virgin Media Fibre Optic Broadband which does not rely on BT's phone network and so doesn't require you to have a working phone line.

Is Fibre Optic an option?

Yes, very much so, you'll be wanting to look at Virgin Media Broadband and all the other fibre optic broadband suppliers.

You'll find however that these kind of deals aren't available in all parts of the country though, so it's important to use our broadband postcode checker to see if these are an option in your area.

Is broadband-only the cheapest way to get broadband?

Most people assume that just buying broadband is going to be their cheapest option, but in many cases it turns out not to be.

If cost is your biggest concern then you may find that if you are looking for the cheapest broadband then a bundle may well be the best way to go. Suppliers of bundles tend to pass the savings of grouping multiple products from a single rather than multiple source onto the customer meaning that their deals can be cheaper.

What are the advantages of broadband-only?

As we've seen that there are no cost savings in broadband-only products so why bother with them?

Well, the main benefit is that you can choose the best broadband deal for you without having to make any compromises. Just because you get your TV from a supplier doesn't mean that their broadband deals are going to be right for you, the same goes for phone suppliers. Freeing yourself from the compromises that a broadband bundle can force upon you leaves you to pick the very best broadband package for your individual needs.

What do I do to find broadband-only deals?

We can help!

The table below details all the broadband-only deals we list, please note that some deals optionally offer line rental, but all are available without it. If you're unsure what's available in your area, be sure to use our broadband postcode checker. We are Ofcom accredited so our results are accurate, up to date and transparent.

Scroll for More
Sort:
Provider    
Predicted Speed    
Average Speed    
Usage    
Contract    
1st Year Cost  (Sorted)  
Monthly Cost    
1
Plusnet Unlimited More Info

Free N-rated wireless router! + no activation fee
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband price rise for the length of the contract!

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
10Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£198
plus line
rental costs
£16.49
Separate line rental required

Go to site
2
Plusnet Unlimited Fibre More Info

Free Hub One AC-rated wireless router + no activation fee!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband price rise for the length of the contract!

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
36Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£246
plus line
rental costs
£20.49
Separate line rental required

Go to site
3
Three Mobile 4G Home Router More Info

Includes: Unlimited data + no activation fee!
5G available in the London area!

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
18Mb
national average
unlimited 24
months
£252 £21.00

Go to site
4

EXTENDED BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Hyperoptic 50Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband Only More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £50 shopping voucher + 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router + no activation fee!
£50 voucher choice from either Amazon, John Lewis, H&M or Tesco

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
50Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£252 £21.00
£22.00 after 12 months
Use code BF19 at checkout for free activation
Reward for new customers ordering online only


Go to site
5
EE Mobile 4G Home Router More Info

From £25 a month with 10GB data, get up to 500GB + no activation fee

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
29Mb
national average
10GB 18
months
£300 £25.00

Go to site
6
Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra More Info

Free Hub One AC-rated wireless router + no activation fee!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband price rise for the length of the contract!

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
66Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£306
plus line
rental costs
£25.49
Separate line rental required

Go to site
7

EXTENDED BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Hyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband Only More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £75 shopping voucher + 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router + no activation fee!
£75 voucher choice from either Amazon, John Lewis, H&M or Tesco
150Mb upload speeds!

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
150Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£312 £26.00
£35.00 after 12 months
Use code BF19 at checkout for free activation
Reward for new customers ordering online only


Go to site
8
Virgin Media M100 More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube + no activation fee online!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
108Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£336 £28.00
£42.00 after 12 months
Prices may change at any point during the contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
9
Vodafone Mobile Broadband 4G GigaCube More Info

Includes: Alternative to fixed line broadband using the 4G network + no activation fee
5G available in selected areas with a £100 up front cost!

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
23Mb
national average
100GB 18
months
£360 £30.00

Go to site
10
Virgin Media M200 More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube + no activation fee online!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
213Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£396 £33.00
£47.00 after 12 months
Prices may change at any point during the contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
11
Direct Save Fibre To The Home 25Mb More Info

Inclusive: Direct Save Discount Card for many major retailers
Add voice service for £4 a month, call plans available from £3.95

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
25Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£409 £29.95

£49.90 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 027 8850
12
Three Mobile 5G Home Router More Info

Includes: Unlimited data + no activation fee! Only in the London area.

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
100Mb
national average
unlimited 12
months
£420 £35.00

Go to site
13

EXTENDED BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Hyperoptic 500Mb Fibre Connection - Broadband Only More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £75 shopping voucher + 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router + no activation fee!
£75 voucher choice from either Amazon, John Lewis, H&M or Tesco

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
500Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£456 £38.00
£50.00 after 12 months
Use code BF19 at checkout for free activation
Reward for new customers ordering online only


Go to site
14
Virgin Media M350 More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube + no activation fee online!
350Mb speed availability subject to line check by Virgin Media

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
362Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£456 £38.00
£52.00 after 12 months
Prices may change at any point during the contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
15
Direct Save Fibre To The Home 40Mb More Info

Inclusive: Direct Save Discount Card for many major retailers
Add voice service for £4 a month, call plans available from £3.95

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
40Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£457 £33.95

£49.90 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 027 8850
16
Direct Save Fibre To The Home 80Mb More Info

Inclusive: Direct Save Discount Card for many major retailers
Add voice service for £4 a month, call plans available from £3.95

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
80Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£493 £36.95

£49.90 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 027 8850
17
Gigaclear Superfast 30 More Info

Includes: Free AC-rated wireless router + price guaranteed for the length of your contract
30Mb average upload speeds!

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
30Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
18
months
£498 £39.00

£30.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0370 863 0121
18
Vodafone Mobile Broadband 5G GigaCube More Info

Introductory offer: Alternative to fixed line broadband using the 5G network, 4G-compatible
Just pay £10 extra a month for unlimited data!

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
150Mb
national average
200GB 18
months
£530 £40.00

£50.00 upfront cost

Go to site
19

EXTENDED BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Hyperoptic 1Gb Fibre Connection - Broadband Only More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £75 shopping voucher + 12 months reduced price + free HyperHub wireless router + no activation fee!
£75 voucher choice from either Amazon, John Lewis, H&M or Tesco
900Mb average upload speeds!

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
900Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
12
months
£540 £45.00
£60.00 after 12 months
Use code BF19 at checkout for free activation
Reward for new customers ordering online only


Go to site
20
Gigaclear Ultrafast 100 More Info

Includes: Free AC-rated wireless router + price guaranteed for the length of your contract
100Mb average upload speeds!

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
0Mb
100Mb
national average
truly
unlimited
18
months
£558 £44.00

£30.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0370 863 0121

Loading...

  • ICON KEY
  • Wireless Router
  • 802.11n Wireless Router
  • 802.11ac Wireless Router
  • Phone Calling
  • Television Service
  • Line Rental
Broadband.co.uk

Is mobile broadband an option?

Mobile broadband can be an option if all you are interested in is broadband, and it does have the benefit of not requiring a phone line.

However mobile broadband is quite different from fixed broadband types, so we haven't taken it into account when writing this guide, we'd suggest that our mobile broadband section is the best place to start if you are thinking this is the type of broadband for you.

What do I need to think about when choosing a broadband-only deal?

You'll need to consider all the usual things:

  • Speeds - make sure that the deal gives you the speeds you need, but take into account that speeds vary by area and that the fastest deals aren't available in all areas.
  • Download allowance - the more you use your broadband connection the more download allowance you will need. Some deals say they provide "Unlimited download allowance" but some of these will have a fair use policy which makes them not truly unlimited, so always check the small print here.
  • Contract length - contract lengths vary, the shortest minimum term is 1 month and some will lock you in for 2 years. The longer contract ones tend to be cheaper but are less flexible in case you want to move or switch suppliers.
  • Cost - not much of an explanation required here, this is the monthly cost of the deal and any setup costs. Just be sure to check for any termination charges as well.

You'll also need to take into account any extra costs, such as phone line installation if you don't already have a phone line and the deal requires one, as well as line rental for your phone if required.

Will I get all the equipment I need?

With some deals yes, and with others no!

You'll need a router and microfilters for broadband through your phone line deals, fibre optic deals will require slightly different equipment. All providers should clearly state what equipment they will provide and what equipment they expect you to provide yourself. Always read the small print to make sure you'll get what you need.

I already have a broadband connection, how do I switch?

If you already have a broadband connection (and most people do) then switching is pretty simple.

Contact your current supplier and ask for your MAC code, you'll need this to give to your new supplier when switching, they will use this code to organise the switch behind the scenes for you.

We have a full guide to how to switch broadband suppliers which covers exactly how the process works and all the cases where things work slightly differently from the norm.

Are there specialist packages available?

If you need a specialist package such as broadband suitable for gaming, or broadband for home office use then a broadband-only deal could be perfect.

There are many specialist packages for just your kind of use and the broadband providers find that for specialist use a standalone broadband package is usually better than a package.

Will I be able to upgrade in the future?

Most broadband suppliers will allow you to upgrade in the future so long as your property is able to receive the upgraded service.

A supplier can't let you upgrade to a fibre optic deal if your area hasn't had fibre optic infrastructure installed for example. Upgrading will usually mean an increase in your monthly cost, so bear this in mind when considering an upgrade path.