To use the broadband services of some major UK providers you may need a landline, but if you have done away with your home phone and still want decent internet access there are options available to you. In this guide we talk you through those options and list what's out there if you don't want to pay a fixed amount every month for line rental.
If you want broadband without the phone line but don’t want to go down the mobile broadband route, then Virgin’s fibre optic broadband might be an option you’re looking for. Virgin’s broadband network is among the major providers that doesn’t rely on the BT phone network. However, because of this Virgin’s fibre optic coverage is not available to everyone in the UK, so if you live in a rural area, this option is highly unlikely to be available to you. To find out if your area is covered you can use the postcode checker on Virgin’s website. Talk Talk and Vodafone also offer fibre optic broadband so we advice you to take a closer look at their offers and see if they will work for you as their prices are slightly cheaper. Other UK major network providers are EE and Plusnet.
If you live in an area with either good 3G or 4G coverage and you’ve no need for a landline, mobile broadband could be the answer. It is by far the most flexible option. As well as doing away with the cost of line rental this option will also be much cheaper than fibre optic or satellite broadband (see below). However, unless you have good access to 4G you will be limited in terms of how much data you’ll be able to download and connection speeds will be reduced. Again you can check the coverage in your area by using a postcode checker and search through the latest 4G mobile broadband deals using a comparison site.
Three /previously Relish/ is a dedicated 4G broadband provider, which offers 'quick installation, unlimited data and no need for a landline if you don't want one'. So, if you are in its area it's a tempting proposition. It also comes at a very competitive price for 5G unlimited with same day delivery for £20 in London or free next day delivery.
Beyond the big providers an often forgotten about option is to look for a small local provider. The technologies they use can vary from satellite to cable broadband, but all don’t require the need for a phone line. They offer pretty fast speeds although the locations covered are limited. To find small providers in your area check with your local council as most have set up some form of broadband monitoring project.
If you’ve tried all the other options and you aren’t covered by either Virgin’s fibre optic service or any 3G or 4G network from any of the major providers, satellite broadband might just be your last hope. Satellite broadband is the most expensive option, and it will be slower and less reliable than all other broadband options; although it is available pretty much anywhere and doesn’t require a landline.
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