Broadband without a phone line

Last updated: 5 August 2023   By Julia Kukiewicz

Broadband only packages are a good way for people who don't want a landline to save money.

Full fibre broadband often comes without a landline as standard, including plans from BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Shell Energy Broadband, Hyperoptic and Community Fibre.

Virgin Media also offer broadband without a landline, and their broadband-only packages cost much less than those with a phone line.

For those not yet in a full fibre enabled area, BT, Direct Save Telecom, EE, and Zen Internet all offer home broadband without a phone line to 97% of homes across the UK.

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At a glance: broadband without a landline

The following broadband providers offer plans without a phone line:

Cable/Full-fibre broadband:

  • Virgin Media
  • BT
  • Plusnet
  • TalkTalk
  • Shell Energy Broadband
  • Hyperoptic
  • Community Fibre

Part-fibre broadband:

  • BT
  • Direct Save Telecom
  • EE
  • Zen Internet

Here are four of the cheapest broadband-only packages available today:

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
M125 Fibre Broadband 132Mb average £26 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £26 per month + No setup fee (was £35)
Full Fibre 145 145Mb average £27.99 Free 24 months
offer Offer: Save over £12/mth + No setup fee + Exclusive offers and discounts for Plusnet customers
Full Fibre 100 109Mb average £26.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Money off for 18 months
Fibre Essential 36Mb average £33.99 £31.99 24 months
offer Offer: Reduced price for 24 months + (Ends 06/06/2024)

Virgin Media

Virgin Media were the first broadband provider to offer customers broadband without a phone line, and for those who live in a Virgin Media enabled area they currently offer some of the cheapest broadband-only plans.

Here are their latest broadband-only prices:

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
M125 Fibre Broadband 132Mb average £26 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £26 per month + No setup fee (was £35)
M350 Fibre Broadband 362Mb average £35 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £35 per month + No setup fee (was £35)
Gig1 Fibre Broadband 1.13Gb average £41 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Reduced price: £41 per month + No setup fee (was £35)

At the time of writing, broadband only plans from Virgin Media range from £7.50 cheaper per month, to as much as £19 cheaper - with the biggest savings on the faster packages.

However, Volt plans also come with a digital phone line and free UK weekend calls and these bundles are often cheaper than the broadband and phone equivalent packages without Volt. So, Volt is where to look if a home phone line is a necessity.

Virgin Media is available to over 16 million premises across the UK, with the fastest broadband speed of 1.13Gbps. They also have ambitious rollout targets, aiming to reach a further 7 million premises - 23 million in total - by the end of 2026.

Read more about Virgin Media broadband or how to save money with Virgin Media O2 Volt.


Full fibre broadband without a phone line

Full fibre broadband has now reached over 50% of the UK, or 14.5 million homes, and is provided by either Openreach or a range of independent broadband networks.

Openreach's network has now passed over 11 million premises, and they have ambitious rollout targets to reach 25 million premises by the end of 2026.

Full fibre broadband works by installing a fibre optic cable directly into a customer's home, entirely bypassing the existing phone line network.

As a result, most full fibre broadband packages come without a landline, and where a phone line is included it will be a digital line provided over the broadband connection.

What this also means, is that rather than customers being able to save money by going without a home phone line, it's more that they would now have to pay more to get one.

The full fibre broadband providers that come without a phone line as standard include:

  • BT
  • EE
  • Plusnet
  • TalkTalk
  • Shell Energy Broadband
  • Hyperoptic
  • Community Fibre
  • Gigaclear

Sky and Vodafone are notable exceptions to this list as they include a home phone line as standard with their full fibre broadband packages.

Here's some of the latest deals available for full fibre without a phone line:

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Full Fibre 145 145Mb average £27.99 Free 24 months
offer Offer: Save over £12/mth + No setup fee + Exclusive offers and discounts for Plusnet customers
Full Fibre 100 109Mb average £26.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Money off for 18 months
Full Fibre 100 150Mb average £29.99 Free 24 months
offer Offer: £50 BT Virtual Reward Card + Save £1/mth and free setup (was £31.99) (Ends 06/06/2024)
Full Fibre 150 152Mb average £29 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Free setup and P&P

For those wanting to go phone-line free to save money, a standard broadband comparison is worth carrying out, because Sky and Vodafone often offer cheaper prices even with a digital phone line included.

For example, right now, Vodafone and Sky both offer low prices on their 100Mbps full fibre plans:

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Full Fibre 150 150Mb average £29 Free 24 months
offer Offer: £3 off for Vodafone pay monthly customers
Ultrafast Broadband 145Mb average £28 £5 18 months
offer Offer: WiFi Max just £3/mth + (£5 refundable setup fee for new customers if applicable)

It's also worth noting a few full fibre broadband providers don't offer the option to add a home phone at all, which includes TalkTalk, Plusnet, Shell Energy Broadband, and Gigaclear. Whereas customers who sign up to BT can still take a phone line if they're happy to pay extra for it.

Independent full fibre providers

Smaller full fibre networks including Hyperoptic, Community Fibre, and Gigaclear generally focus on a specific area, with Gigaclear targeting underserved rural areas, and Community Fibre operating solely in London.

All of these providers give customers the option of cheaper broadband without a home phone line, with Hyperoptic deals around £2 cheaper each month, and Community Fibre £10 cheaper.

As mentioned, Gigaclear don't offer customers the option of adding a home phone line.

Here are some of their most popular phone line free deals:

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Superfast 200 200Mb average £17 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save over 40% + Free setup
150Mb Fibre Broadband 150Mb average £18.99 Free 24 months
offer Offer: Installed in 48 hours + Free setup
Superfast (24 months) 158Mb average £30 £19 24 months

To find out what's available in your area try our postcode search.


Part-fibre broadband without a landline

While around 75% of UK homes can now access either a full fibre broadband provider or Virgin Media, there is still 25% who can't.

For those the gigabit rollout hasn't yet reached, broadband without a phone line is still available, but from fewer providers, as the technology still relies on the phone network.

Superfast broadband is available to 97% of the UK, and uses fibre to the cabinet connections, with the last mile of cabling to a customer's home being the existing copper telephone network.

Until recently, superfast broadband packages always came with a home phone line, yet due to the upcoming closure of the copper phone line network, providers are already moving customers onto phone line free connections, although usually with the option to add a home phone line if they want it.

This includes:

  • BT
  • Direct Save Telecom
  • EE
  • Zen Internet

BT

BT is the largest and most well-known broadband provider in the UK, and they offer broadband without a phone line across both superfast and full fibre packages.

Because BT is in charge of closing the copper phone line network, it's no surprise all of their broadband plans for new customers have already ditched the phone line, with only the option of a digital line.

Broadband-only plans cost £5 less than taking a digital line with BT. Here is the latest pricing of their superfast plans available to 97% of the UK:

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Fibre Essential 36Mb average £33.99 £31.99 24 months
offer Offer: Reduced price for 24 months + (Ends 06/06/2024)
Fibre 2 67Mb average £36.99 £31.99 24 months
offer Offer: £50 BT Virtual Reward Card + Reduced price for 24 months + (Ends 06/06/2024)

Where the Openreach full fibre network is available to a particular property however, they'll be connected to full fibre regardless of the download speed they choose.

One thing that's worth bearing in mind when it comes to BT is their prices tend to be on the higher side, and people may find it cheaper to get a broadband and phone deal from another provider, than go phone line free with BT, despite the £5 monthly saving.

If you're on a budget, find out the cheapest broadband packages in our guide, or read more about BT broadband in our review.

Direct Save Telecom

Direct Save Telecom are a smaller broadband provider that resells access to the Openreach network with both superfast and full fibre plans.

Unconventionally, their superfast broadband is phone line free by default, which saves customers £2.95 on taking a phone line with pay as you go calls.

Here is their latest superfast broadband without a phone line pricing:

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Superfast Fibre 35Mb 35Mb average £31.95 £8.95 12 months
offer Offer: Loyalty Discount Club (worth £49.95)
Superfast Fibre 63Mb 63Mb average £34.95 £8.95 12 months
offer Offer: Loyalty Discount Club (worth £49.95)

Direct Save Telecom offer cheap prices, but they don't appear in any of Ofcom's independent research into customer service, which makes them a bit of an unknown, however they do have good Trustpilot ratings with a Trustscore of 4.0 out of 5 from over 1,700 reviewers.

EE

EE first introduced broadband without a phone deals in August 2020, and it's now the default option for customers signing up to EE home broadband.

EE broadband deals are slightly cheaper than BT's, and it's also cheaper to add a phone line if a customer wants one, at just £2.28 for pay as you go calls, compared to BT's £5 charge.

EE pay monthly mobile customers will also receive a 10% discount on the cost of their home broadband plan, as well as some extra mobile data, which adds even more to EE's value for money.

Read more about BT vs EE broadband in our head-to-head guide, or find out how EE perform in our broadband review.

Zen Internet

Zen Internet now offer their superfast fibre plans without a phone line as standard, and customers have the option to add a digital voice line with 1000 minutes for £6 per month.

However, as with BT above, Zen Internet pricing is often on the higher side anyway, and customers are likely to find broadband and phone plans cheaper with another provider.

For example, Plusnet's entry-level superfast fibre deal currently costs £24.99 per month, while the equivalent broadband-only version from Zen costs £32 per month.

In this instance, seeking out a broadband provider without a phone line doesn't save money.


Broadband and phone deals

As we've covered sometimes going without a home phone line isn't always the cheapest option, and many of the cheapest broadband providers bundle broadband with a phone line.

With that in mind, it can be worth considering taking a broadband package with a home phone line and just not using it.

While that might seem frustrating for people who want the simplest option, it can be the cheapest way to get online, especially for people looking at superfast fibre to the cabinet broadband connections.

Here are some of the UK's current cheapest broadband plans:

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Super Fibre 63Mb average £21 £10 12 months
offer Offer: Save £3/mth until 4 July 2024 then £24/mth + NOW TV membership available reduced for 12 months (Ends 04/07/2024)
Superfast Fibre 38Mb average £23.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Money off for 18 months
Fibre 1 35Mb average £26 Free 24 months
offer Offer: £3 off for Vodafone pay monthly customers
Unlimited Fibre 66Mb average £24.99 Free 24 months

As you can see, even with a home phone these are cheaper than their phone line free counterparts.


Summary: Broadband-only becoming the norm

As we move closer to the closure of the copper phone line network, due by the end of 2025, broadband only packages are increasingly becoming the standard default option for customers.

In addition, with the advent of digital phone lines that rely on mains electricity or a battery back-up in the event of a power cut, more of us will come to rely on our mobile phones for emergency calls as well as keeping in touch with friends and family.

Yet, that shouldn't overlook the potential exclusion of people who are reliant on their home phone, especially in emergency situations.

For people looking to save the most money, broadband without a phone line is available to over 97% of UK homes through superfast options from BT and Direct Save Telecom, to full fibre and gigabit-capable plans from an even larger array of providers.

It's worth ensuring though that the broadband without a landline package is actually the cheapest option, especially when looking at providers like BT and Zen Internet who tend to price their packages higher to begin with.

Compare broadband in your area and order plans by lowest cost, as well as filter deals to those with or without a phone line.

Comments

Frederick Foxwell
12 April 2023

Your prices quoted are dearer than with landline included

Choose team replying to Frederick Foxwell
21 May 2023

Most providers are cheaper if you take broadband without a phone line, however some providers do charge more. Virgin Media is one example where prices can be dearer without a phone line, however they're currently charging less right now.

Ann Wigglesworth
9 September 2021

I have a holiday home in Spain and I paid for my internet router 90 euros the engineer came out connected it up, no landline required, it is then pay per day. If you want 90 days it's 1 euro a day, it get slightly more expensive for less days. I go on there web page fill in details how long I want internet for give the date's and it's up and working when I arrive. My point being why why why is this unavailable in the UK ??????

P.
11 June 2021

But if you are already with Virgin, as I have been for years, they say they cannot remove your telephone socket, only BT can do that, so you can't have a package without land line because it is there for you to use if you choose to! I don't use it so it's an expensive backup. But if you are firm you can get big discounts when renewing a Virgin deal.

Paul Mott
14 May 2018

I am one of the 2% of homes that has fibre-to-the-home. I'm paying £32 to BT including line rental, I want to deactivate the landline and only pay for the broadband, using the fibre broadband that BT installed right into my home (which took them 3 months and multiple visits to do), it doesn't come in via the copper; but cannot find a provider that does 50 MB+ broadband with no line rental. Not clear if Virgin's uses BT's fibre or relies on Virgin's own cable network going into that house. There must be providers servicing homes with my requirement ?

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