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Can you Ditch Line Rental and still have Broadband?

By Edited May 14, 2014 0 0

Do you Really Need Line Rental?

Many of us become quite frustrated when it comes to getting broadband because we need to pay for line rental, which seems a pretty pointless expense.  After all, many of us these days have mobile phone contracts that we pay £30, £40, and even £50 a month for.  And, we have unlimited minutes to any number, and we can even download applications on our phones where we can get free calls to 0-800 and 0-845 numbers.  The only reason to use a landline was when our free mobile minutes didn’t cover these numbers.  That is no longer the case.

This article will look at options to get broadband without a landline so that you don’t have the expense of line rental when you really don’t need it.

Fibre Optic Broadband without Line Rental

Fibre optic broadband involves the transfer of internet data over fibre optic cables that were designed for broadband.  Because the transfer of data is over fibre optic cables, you won’t need a telephone line in most cases.  Where you do need a telephone line activated, it may be possible to deactivate the line as soon as the connection goes live.

Fibre optic broadband is super-fast with connection speeds up to 100Mbps on the offerings from Virgin Broadband.  We’re having faster and faster speeds emerge on the market, and some business connections can actually achieve 1Gbps.  In time, we’re going to see consumer internet offered at 330Mbps through BT, and, no doubt, Virgin will race to catch up as well, having historically been the fastest broadband provider for many years.

Fibre optic broadband can provide an excellent opportunity to get really good broadband without line rental and we can, of course, have VoIP services off the connection too.

Mobile Broadband

Mobile broadband is an excellent way to get broadband if you are a light consumer.  Currently, mobile broadband isn’t the best for those that enjoy streaming movies, peer-to-peer file sharing, and multiplayer gaming.  However, if your activities involve primarily browsing the internet, a little bit of YouTube and checking your e-mail, then it could be that mobile broadband is enough.

Mobile broadband has entered its fourth generation, with speeds up to 14.4Mbps and stability increasing.  We are at the infancy of fourth generation mobile broadband, with Everything Everywhere as the only network to have installed their technology to a level where it has rolled out into the consumer market.  Vodafone, O2, and 3 will be releasing their 4G services this year, and we can expect around 99% coverage of the UK in good time.

Those that can’t get 4G will have fairly limited connections through 3G, which gives up to 1.4Mbps.  There are enhancements to these technologies and we will see faster speeds in some areas, but it’s very important to do a coverage check to see what level of connectivity you’ll likely to achieve if you do go for mobile broadband.

You should also bear in mind that the data costs on mobile broadband are heftier and the allowances much smaller.  You won’t generally get allowances that are higher than 20GB per month, which is light to medium consumption - and certainly not enough for heavy consumption.

Satellite Broadband without Line Rental

It could probably be that you can’t get a phone line or that you don’t want to pay for the line rental; then, you are limited in your options for broadband.  Chances are, if this is the case, that you are in an extremely remote location and that your telephone line is incapable of running ADSL broadband, you don’t have mobile broadband coverage and fibre optic hasn’t reach your location yet.  If these are all true, then satellite broadband maybe the solution.

Satellite broadband works much like your satellite TV, with a satellite dish picking up satellite for broadband.  The newest satellites can offer speeds up to 20MBps, which is very reasonable.  However, the costs are high, with standard charges starting from around £25 a month and installation fees somewhere from £500 to £700 with hardware.  If you want to take the hardware yourself and do the installation, then you’ll be paying somewhere between £250 and £350 in most cases. 

The technology is expensive, but if it is your only option and you can’t get line rental, then it may be the best option, and one that you want to consider.  Do bear in mind that new technology is rolling out around the country all the time, and even the most remote regions in North Wales have recently got fibre optic broadband in some cases.  Consider when new technology may be coming into your area before you go through the expense of getting satellite broadband.

Cheaper Landline Deals

It is possible to get cheap landline deals rather than just ditching your landline all together.  These will still cost a fair bit and might set you back probably over £100 per annum; however, some deals come with free landline for six months to 12 months or even more, and some offer half-price landline or discounts for a new payment upfront.  Whichever the landline deal you choose, make sure you understand the overall expense over the duration of the contract.  If you have a 24-month contract and you’re getting discounted landline deals for three months, then you may only have a minor saving over the course of the overall contract, especially if the remaining portion of the contract has line rental of £14.50 or £15; or, you could get it with other providers for a few pounds less.

Often, the best way to get cheapest landline rental is to get a more comprehensive package; for example, if you get a bundle with digital TV and broadband, you can get extremely cheap landline rental with a good call allowance as well that can really supplement the use of your mobile phone.

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