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Broadband without a Phone Line: what are your options?

If you go online and search for the latest broadband deals, you’ll find hundreds of different options and be presented with choices such as deals that include your TV and phone service. But if you simply want just the broadband part of the deal, despite what it may seem, there are still options available to you. Without having to worry about the cost of a phone service, and more importantly line rental, this choice is great value for money.

Cable (Fibre Optic) Broadband

As the majority of the UK is simply not using their landlines anywhere near as much as they used to, the idea of continuing to pay out around £15 a month will seem like an expensive waste. One solution to this problem is switching to Virgin’s broadband service. They use fibre optic cables instead of the copper wire lines controlled by BT and used by all other broadband providers. This essentially means Virgin have their own network and can superfast broadband, with speeds of over 100MB, without the need for a landline. However, this service is quite expensive and isn’t available nationwide. To find out if your area is covered use Virgin’s postcode checker. If you are covered visiting a comparison site will let you search through all of Virgin’s latest deals to find the one that’s right for you.

Short term or Rolling contracts

If you want broadband without the phone line but don’t want to sign up to a lengthy contract, then there are some providers who offer short term or rolling contracts; all you have to pay out on a short term or rolling contract is the cost of the router. These deals offer you a great deal of flexibility and mean you can always switch to a better more long term deal if it comes along.

4G Broadband

If you’re determined the landline needs to go and you don’t want to pay for Virgin package and want more security than what is offered by short term or rolling contracts then mobile broadband is an option you’ll definitely want to consider. Mobile broadband deals come with a USB device (dongle) that can connect to either a 3G or 4G network – depending on where you live. Mobile broadband also lets you go online pretty much anywhere you can get a signal.

Although there are some great advantages to mobile broadband there are a few drawbacks. Firstly, the download allowance you’ll get will be much lower than anyone with a fixed line connection. You can expect to get up to 50GB on the more expensive packages, so this may force you to change your surfing habits. Also before signing up you’ll need to check the coverage in your area by using a postcode checker. This will tell you if you’ll be getting 3G or 4G service and what the signal strength is likely to be like.

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.

Satellite Broadband

This method works by having a satellite dish installed on your house that then sends and receives signals to a satellite in space. It might sound high-tech and futuristic but there some issues you need to be aware of. To start with you’ll need to have a dish installed; the connection speeds are probably the slowest of any type of broadband and although the connection is usually reliable it can be hard to get a signal if there is any interference between the satellites.

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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