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Getting broadband without line rental

It's possible to get broadband with no landline or line rental requirement in most areas of the UK, especially if you're willing to be a little flexible about the type of broadband deal you sign up for. Simplifydigital can help you compare your options and get the right service for your home.

By on July 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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Getting broadband without line rental

To have an expert recommend broadband deals without line rental in your area, call Simplifydigital free on 0800 542 4704.

What kind of broadband service can I get without line rental?

 Buying broadband without line rental is a good way to cut down on your monthly household outgoings and simplify your digital services.  While most broadband packages in the UK do still carry a line rental requirement (even fibre optic ones), there are options available. A lot depends on the area you live in, and the sort of service you require.

Providers with broadband and no line rental requirement available at Simplifydigital

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Fibre optic broadband from Virgin Media

If you live in a cable broadband area you can get Virgin Media broadband without a landline. Choose your speeds, up to 50, 100 or 120Mb, and order your package as normal but state that you want the 'no landline' option.

We recommend Broadband 50mb, which comes with unlimited downloads, superfast speeds up to 50Mb and a free wireless router on a 12 month contract. At less than £30 a month with no line rental requirement, it's good value for money.

Satellite broadband from Astra Connect

 Satellite broadband works by sending and receiving signals from space, via a satellite dish on your house. It's available in most areas, even rural locations, and offers a generally steady and reliable connection as long as there is no interference between your receiver and the satellite. You'll need to be willing to have the equipment installed and speeds are less impressive than fibre broadband packages.

We recommend Astra Connect L, which comes with decent broadband speeds up to 20Mb and 10GB of monthly usage.

What are the benefits of broadband without line rental?

  • No need to pay a seperate monthly line rental fee on top of your home broadband fee. Line rental can be pricey, sometimes up to £15 a month depending on supplier, so there are savings to be had by getting a broadband only deal.
  • No need to have an active phone line, which can leave you open to unwanted cold calling from businesses.
  • No necessity to pay for a call package you don't need. Some suppliers require you to take a basic call package with your broadband and landline, which you may not want or need.

What are the disadvantages of getting broadband with no landline?

  • It might not save you much. Suppliers are able to offset the cost of broadband because of the line rental fee they charge. A broadband and phone package may cost you £15 a month for line rental and £5 a month or less for broadband, which would make it cheaper than the majority of broadband only deals without a landline fee. If your reason for choosing a broadband only deal is to save money, you might be better off opting for a combined broadband and phone deal and paying for the line rental up front, which carries a heavy discount with most providers.
  • You could be missing out on a better deal. The best way to save is often to combine all three services in one deal - broadband, home phone and digital TV. While this may seem counter intuitive, the savings element of a "triple play" deal makes it an incredibly affordable and popular option.

As more options become available from suppliers, broadband without line rental will become an increasingly viable option for UK consumers. At the moment your best bet is to find out if Virgin Media fibre broadband is available in your area, and as availability varies by property we recommend that you confirm this with our advisors or with Virgin Media directly.

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