I have a landline in my home, but I don’t ever use it as I use the free calls in my mobile package instead.
But even though I don’t use it, when I took out my broadband contract I still had to take a landline as well.
Is there any way to buy a broadband package without a landline?
Why do I have to pay for a landline phone for my broadband package when I never use it?
Rebecca Rutt, of This is Money, replies: Most people in the UK now have a mobile phone along with a home broadband package.
In fact according to figures from Ofcom 94 per cent of the population have a mobile phone and 76 per cent of these use a smart phone.
But most broadband packages still require you to take out (and pay for) a landline, despite the fact many people now rely on their mobiles for calls.
This is because the copper telephone network, which is owned by BT, is used to deliver internet access to most homes.
This network is used by most major providers, including Sky and TalkTalk, and therefore if you want broadband from one of these providers, there isn’t a way to get it without the landline at the moment.
Only a few providers offer broadband without a landline but these tend to be more expensive and not widely available.
Vix Leyton, spokesperson for Broadbandchoices.co.uk, explains: ‘Virgin Media is the only major provider in the UK able to offer broadband that doesn’t need a phone line.
‘Since it has its own fibre network separate from BT’s, it can bring a broadband connection to your home directly – completely eliminating the need for a landline, so for consumers who are opposed to the landline being part of their billing mix, this might be an option.
You have to get a landline with most providers as the broadband uses the connection
‘Smaller provider Relish also offers this but only to households in London.
‘Another possible solution for those who don’t want a phone line is to try is mobile broadband although it is often slower and less reliable than a wired connection.
‘Mobile broadband comes in the form of a USB dongle, a wifi hotspot device, or a data-only SIM deal (such as the kind you would get for an iPad), all of which work by connecting wirelessly to the provider’s 4G network.
‘If you’ve got a smartphone with the right tech, you can even turn your phone itself into a wifi hotspot, or tether your connection to your PC wirelessly or by using a USB cable.
‘If you are doing this, just make sure you have a high enough data limit on your mobile plan – going over it can incur some hefty fees or cut your connection off until the next month.
‘Generally, you’ll need to purchase the dongle or device upfront, then pay for the broadband connection itself on a month-by-month basis – though some providers offer longer term contracts too. And unlike wired broadband, there are pay-as-you-go options as well.’
Rebecca Goodman, adds: If you’re debating buying a broadband package without a landline it’s worth checking the prices first.
Another firm providing broadband without a landline is Hyperoptic, although it’s not available widely across the UK yet.
Conversely it can be more expensive to buy a broadband-only package because they’re less common and you’ll be paying for super-fast fibre optic broadband.
Therefore although it sounds counter productive, until these packages become more mainstream and the price falls, it might work out better for you to take out a package with a landline and just not use the phone.
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