Can I get broadband without a phone line?

Want Super Fast broadband without paying for a landline? You’re in the right place!

We’ll explain exactly how to get broadband without a phone line and the pros and cons of doing so. 

So, let’s dive in!

 

Do I need a landline to get broadband?

Certain types of broadband require you to have a phone line to work.

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ASDL) is delivered exclusively via a phone line. You have to have a landline to access the internet using this connection, even if you do not use the line for calls. ADSL is widely available across the UK and offers speeds of around 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload on average.

Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) also requires an active phone line. For FTTC connections, fibre only runs as far as your nearest street cabinet. It then uses copper cables for the connection between the cabinet and your home, so it still needs a landline to work.

FTTC is the most widely available fibre broadband, offering speeds between 30-70Mbps download and 10-20 Mbps upload.

Access to the copper network automatically comes with a phone service and the cost for this will be built into your broadband price.

However, not all broadband types need a phone line to function.

In fact, some of the fastest broadband options available don’t require a landline at all.

 

Can I get broadband without a phone line?

Your options for broadband without a phone line will depend on where you are located and what infrastructure is available to you.

One way of getting a broadband connection without a phone line, is to go full fibre. This uses fibre-optic cables all the way from the broadband exchange to your property, meaning no copper phone lines are needed for the connection to work.

This is estimated to be available to just over only 20% of the UK so unless you are located in one of these areas, full fibre is not a feasible option.

The alternative is using mobile technology. This gives you wireless access to the internet via the 3G, 4G, or 5G network without the need for copper cables.

 

Can you get broadband without landline on ADSL and fibre optic packages?

No, it is not possible to get an ADSL or  a FTTC package without a landline phone service.

The only way you can get fibre broadband without a needing a landline is to get FTTP, which is only available in certain areas.

 

What are the advantages of broadband with a phone line?

  • The landline. For some people having a landline is essential. Particularly for elderly or vulnerable users, having broadband with a phoneline means that there is always a means of contacting others, even if the internet or power goes down. 
  • Telephone number. You will have a telephone number that you can give out and keep.
  • Easier to get WiFi. It can be hard to find a provider that actually offers a fixed broadband package including WiFi without a landline for most premises in the UK. 

 

What are the disadvantages of broadband with a phone line?

  • Cost. Even when you don’t use the landline, you are still required to pay for the service. 
  • Time consuming to fix. Any problems you have with your connection may require you to make two separate support calls; one to the broadband provider and one to the phone line provider. This is particularly likely with an FTTC service.
  • Slower. The additional voice traffic on the same network could cause slower speeds.
  • The service is not future proofed. Landline phones will not be available to buy from 2025 in the UK and the existing copper cable network will be switched off. From this date onwards, you will never be required to have a phone line for broadband in the UK as it moves towards digital infrastructure. 

 

Top tip: The UK PSTN switch off does not mean that services such as FTTC will no longer exist, you will just no longer be able to make or receive calls using the landline.

 

What are the benefits to broadband only services?

  • No phone line. This one’s a no brainer. If you don’t use or need your landline, a broadband-only service means you don’t have to install the unnecessary phone line.
  • Faster and more reliable. Without voice traffic on the same network, there is the potential for speeds to go up slightly and for connections to become more reliable.
  • Easier to fix. Problems with the line should be easier and quicker to fix as there is no phone line involved in the equation.

 

Is broadband without a phone line cheaper?

In some cases, broadband only deals are cheaper as they don’t include a line rental charge.

However, this is not always the case.

A fixed broadband-only service will still use the copper network, so you still have to pay for maintenance and all the rest. The actual voice part (calls) only makes up a fraction of the price.

Virgin Media is the main broadband only provider and they are also one of the most expensive too.

So, it may work out that switching to a broadband deal without a  landline phone service only really saves you a few pounds, if it saves you anything at all.

 

Do broadband prices include line rental costs?

Yes, internet service providers should include the line rental monthly cost in their headline pricing for every internet plan. 

Previously, broadband providers have only advertised the broadband costs up front and left customers in the dark about the extra line rental charge for the phone line. However, it is now compulsory for broadband pricing to include these costs where relevant.

 

What is the cheapest way to get broadband without phone line?

Mobile broadband is often the cheapest way to get broadband without a phone line.

You will still have to pay hardware fees but you won’t have the extra cost of the line rental. You can also avoid a set-up cost if you opt for a portable router or dongle as they won’t need professional installation.

Your main set-back will be the monthly price for the data SIM from whichever carrier provides you with the best mobile network coverage.

 

What type of broadband does not need a phone line or landline?

  • Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) – This technology does not rely on copper cables, it uses fibre-optic cables instead. These fibre cables transmit data a lot faster than copper wires, allowing for much faster broadband speeds of up to a whopping 1Gbps! This is significantly faster than the maximum speed you might see on traditional ADSL or FTTC broadband.
  • Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SoGEA) – This is a new range of broadband-only services that give you fibre internet without needing a landline. SoGEA has an underlying version of a phone line built in, negating the need for the installation of copper cables. It delivers very similar performance to FTTC broadband.
  • Satellite – This broadband service is transmitted using a wireless connection via a satellite dish, similar to those used for satellite TV. For satellite broadband to work, you only need a satellite dish and transmitter installed at your property which then receives and sends signal to your home. Actual speeds can range anywhere between 2Mbps to 30Mbps.
  • Mobile broadband – This enables you to get broadband via the mobile network using 3G, 4G or 5G technology depending on what’s available in your area. No wires needed! You will be provided with a router that has a data SIM card inside it that will connect to the signal emitted from your nearest cell mast. Using the 4G network, your download speed could theoretically get up to 150Mbps and on the 5G network you could see broadband speeds of +1Gbps!
  • SimRush – This combines robust 4G LTE/5G hardware with cloud based management and independent Static Public IP addressing to deliver high quality mobile broadband service. Read more about SimRush here.

 

Which broadband without phone line is the best option?

Connection types that don’t require a landline all have their own benefits and drawbacks. 

You need to decide what you want from your connection before deciding which one will work best for you.

If you are looking for blistering speeds, FTTP or 5G mobile broadband are the quickest alternatives. They both offer theoretical speeds of 1Gbps and beyond. However, availability is far from widespread with both likely to be found only in built up areas such as cities and towns.

Although, coverage is expanding to more and more areas every year, so it’s a good idea to keep checking what’s available in your area.

For anyone who is rural, 4G mobile broadband is definitely the best alternative. It offers you the chance to still achieve great speeds without needing any pre-existing infrastructure in place.

Because of the lack of infrastructure involved, it’s also often much quicker to get installed compared to other broadband types. So, if you need connectivity urgently and can’t afford to wait, a mobile broadband plan is right for you.

Satellite broadband can only be considered the best option in terms of availability. It can be installed practically anywhere. However, for the best speed, reliability and latency, satellite broadband is not the first port of call. 

 

 

Can I get broadband without a phone line in my area?

In order to work out what’s available in your area, you’ll need to carry out a broadband availability check for FTTP, SoGEA and mobile broadband. 

You’re very likely to have some degree of 4G coverage. 

The SimRush high gain external antenna is able to pick up signal even in areas where your mobile phone cannot see any 4G. So, even if you’re in a weak signal area, as long as you have some outdoor 4G coverage you’ll be able to get a mobile broadband service through SimRush.

Check your coverage to see if you are in a 4G or 5G area here: Check My Coverage | SimRush

 

What are the pros and cons of Mobile broadband?

Pros:

  • You can get a superfast internet connection using the 4G and 5G network 
  • Quick set up times – no pre-existing infrastructure needed
  • Great for rural areas where fixed broadband options are limited
  • Unlimited data packages are available
  • More flexible than fixed broadband – you can get monthly rolling contracts or even PAYG deals from some providers
  • No landline fees to pay for
  • You can use mobile broadband to use VoIP technology to call people instead of having to pay for expensive international calls
  • Ideal as a temporary internet solution
  • You can take the broadband with you when moving home

 

Cons:

  • Most mobile broadband suppliers cannot guarantee you speeds as you are reliant on the performance of the mobile phone network
  • Upfront costs are often more than fixed broadband
  • Broadband availability and internet speeds depend upon the location of the user
  • Congestion – when multiple users are trying to access the Internet in a given area, the speed can be reduced

 

Can I use 4G or 5G mobile broadband instead of cable broadband?

Yes, mobile broadband is a viable alternative to cable broadband for businesses and homes. Speeds can be very impressive, especially if you can get 5G.

You will want to get a package that includes powerful hardware, ideally with an external antenna as well as an indoor router. The external unit will be better equipped to pick up the 4G signal and provide you with more chance of higher speeds.

More powerful hardware will also support more WiFi devices and users and may include wired network ports and other features which you may need. 

We recommend getting an unlimited data deal where possible, especially if you are a business with heavier internet usage requirements.

 

Is 4G internet better than satellite internet?

4G internet generally provides a much better user experience than satellite broadband. This is mainly due to Satellite broadband’s incredibly high latency of around 600ms compared to 4G’s typical latency of around than 30-40ms. 

Latency causes noticeable lag when using the internet so the lower it is the better. For example, video calling your colleagues would be a lot more difficult using Satellite internet due to the lag between someone speaking and you actually being able to hear them on the call. 

4G broadband is also often faster than satellite too, with an average speed of around 25Mbps. In some areas, it can provide even faster than this with a theoretical maximum download speed of up to 150Mbps on 4G LTE!

Satellite is also the less reliable out of the two. Although neither 4G nor satellite rely on physical cabling to deliver broadband to your property, a 4G broadband service is inevitably going to be a lot more stable  – because you’re connected via a mast that’s relatively nearby.

Satellite is only really deemed a last resort option for internet access.

Read a full comparison of 4G and Satellite internet here.

 

What can I use instead of a landline?

The best alternative to a landline phone service is to use VoIP.

VoIP is a catch-all term that refers to any call made over the internet. A VoIP system works by taking your analogue voice signals, converting them into digital signals, then sending them as data over your internet connection.

You can even port your existing landline number across to your new VoIP service if you need it to stay consistent for your business.

However, it is essential that you sort out the number transfer before you switch to a broadband-only service. Don’t leave the transfer too late as you’ll risk losing your number.

 

Is VoIP better than a landline?

VoIP phone packages do offer many advantages over a standard landline.

  • Cost – Using VoIP services can be a lot cheaper compared to landlines, especially when calling overseas. Plus, it does not require existing infrastructure and in some cases won’t even need  additional hardware to be purchased.
  • Efficient – Particularly for businesses, VoIP offers a more efficient way of allowing lots of employees to make calls without the need for installing multiple phone lines.
  • Clearer sound – If you have a high-speed internet connection, your phone calls will be very high quality.
  • Flexibility – Unlike with a landline, you are not tied to a country or specific address on VoIP. You can make and take calls from wherever you are, making it the ideal for system for those who work on the go or work from home. 

 

It’s also worth bearing in mind that come 2025 landlines will no longer be available to buy in the UK. If you want to ensure your business’ technology is future proofed, VoIP is the right choice for you.

 

Can I use VoIP with 4G/5G broadband?

Yes, 4G or 5G broadband can be used to provide VoIP services. 

Many SimRush users use VoIP technology for their businesses or homes.