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How Can I Get Broadband Without A Landline? Our experts explain.

To use the broadband services of almost all the major UK providers you will 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.

Fibre Optic Broadband: Virgin Media Broadband

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 the option you’re looking for. Virgin’s broadband network is the only network among the major providers that doesn’t rely on the BT phone network. However, because of this Virgin’s fibre optic coverage is only available to around 50%-60% of people in the UK, so if you don’t live in a major city or town, and particularly 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. If you are covered a quick visit to a comparison site will let you search through all the latest Virgin deals.

4G and mobile wi-fi: Relish

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.

Relish is a dedicated 4G broadband provider serving central London and Swindon, 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- no set-up fee, and just one speed option of up to 40Mbps. It costs either £20 per month with a 12-month contract, or £22 per month for a rolling 30-day contract, plus an extra £50 for the router.

Local Providers

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.

Satellite Broadband

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.

The least expensive option currently on the market is Avonline Broadband's entry-level service which gets you 5GB of data with downloads maxing out at 15Mbps and uploads at 2Mbps upload. It's a 24-month contract, at £19.95 a month, with an initial connection fee of £39.99. The price may seem low, but neither the speeds nor the usage limit compare favourably with ADSL.

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