What is a broadband-only plan?
The term broadband only refers to a contract that does not include line rental or any other hidden costs.
This means using fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology, which allows providers to build their own network rather than relying on Openreach’s network of copper cables to deliver most broadband into UK homes from the nearest street cabinet.
Is it possible to get broadband without a landline?
Yes. A growing number of internet providers allow you to sign up for a Cheap broadband only deals without paying for line rental. You can save money on calls by using this option if you never use a landline.
You can choose from broadband-only deals from Virgin Media, BT, EE, Hyperoptic and Gigaclear, or Three’s 4G/5G home broadband.
All of the above provide fast, reliable service. However, broadband-only deals are not as widespread as broadband-and-landline bundles.
Many providers that use the same Openreach network as BT and EE do not offer broadband-only deals in the UK. A landline is required to get their broadband.
You will also need to live in an area covered by Virgin Media’s fiber network to get its broadband-only service. This includes about 60% of UK properties, the majority of which are in cities and towns.
Other providers’ broadband-only services are even more limited.
The Hyperoptic service and Three’s 4G and 5G home broadband services are available only in London and some surrounding areas. A large portion of Gigaclear’s coverage comes from rural areas.
You can check if broadband-only service is available in your area by using the postcode checker on our site. You can see what’s available at your address by entering your postcode.
Who offers broadband-only plans?
When it comes to broadband-only deals, Virgin Media has long been the market leader, operating a separate network from those of Openreach and BT, on which most providers rely.
The number of providers entering this market is growing, however. BT, TalkTalk and Vodafone are also offering ultrafast fibre broadband without the need for line rental, while companies such as Hyperoptic, Zen and Gigafast have all gained attention.
Keep in mind that some of these ultrafast broadband only deals are only available in certain areas.
Virgin Media’s best broadband-only deals
Virgin Media has a wide range of broadband-only plans, many with perks such as vouchers to entice you to sign up for an 18-month or 24-month contract.
You can choose between 54Mbps and 1.13Gbps. It is part of Virgin’s Gig1 offering, which is only available in a few locations. If you live in one of those areas, you might be able to get it.
The good news is that there are several other options, including 108Mbps, 213Mbps, 362Mbps and 516Mbps, all available without a phone line.
Hyperoptic only deals at the best price
Hyperoptic offers four broadband-only plans with average speeds of 50Mbps, 150Mbps, 500Mbps, and 900Mbps: Fast, Superfast, Ultrafast, and Hyperfast.
Hyperoptic is also offered on a rolling contract basis, but the service is currently only available in London and some nearby areas.
Even though you will pay a premium for not having a landline, at least you will have access to fast and reliable fibre broadband.
BT Broadband deals only
BT is a relative newcomer in the broadband-only market, but does not offer landline deals as a standard option. A landline costs £5 extra a month if you want it.
There are three packages available: Fibre Essential with 36Mbps speed, Fibre 1 with 50Mbps, and Fibre 2 with 67Mbps.
You can also opt for even faster broadband-only packages that use FTTP technology. It is available in 150Mbps, 500Mbps and 910Mbps speeds.
Which is the cheapest broadband only deal and provider?
You’ll have to check which provider is running a cut-price promo at the time. Hyperoptic’s 50Mbps broadband-only deal costs £22 per month at the time of writing, which is a great deal. Hyperoptic is not readily available everywhere, however.
There is a greater availability of Virgin Media’s broadband-only products. There are also M50 and M100 plans starting at about £28 a month.