Post Office The HomePhone
Price includes UK line rental and unlimited UK weekend calls. Includes 0870 and 0845 numbers. Caller display and 1571 voicemail included at no extra cost (opt in required). Dedicated UK-based customer service team.
Sky Talk Anytime Extra
Sky received the fewest complaints per 100,000 customers measured by Ofcom comparing Sky, BT, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk and Virgin Media fixed broadband in its latest Telecoms and Pay TV Complaints Report (December 2016).
BT Unlimited Anytime Calls
This plan gives you unlimited calls to most UK landlines and 0845 and 0870 numbers at all times, every day. You'll also get half price savings on landline to UK mobile calls at all times of day. Plus BT Privacy and BT 1471 at no extra cost. You can also add BT Answer 1571 for £2.50 a month and BT Privacy with Caller Display (12 months free with a new 12-month line rental contract) for £1.75.
What is the best landline deal?
You can save money on your phone bill by finding the tariff you need at the cheapest monthly price. To find the right landline tariff for you, you should consider the monthly cost, call rates, contract length and the type of calls that are included free.
The cost of your landline package will be based on the line rental charge, cost of calls, connection fees, and the call plan cost - this is how much you pay for inclusive calls, such as calls at evenings and weekends.
You should consider any additional extras that come with some landline plans, such as voicemail, caller display, call diversion or call barring where you can restrict the type of calls made to your landline. Some providers will offer these type of extras within the cost of your package, but others will apply an additional charge to include them.
You should recognise that the cheapest landline deal is not always the best, because they may not offer as many inclusive calls. Depending on how often you use your landline, paying slightly more for your monthly plan may save you a significant amount.
By shopping around for landline deals you can benefit from cheap domestic, international and mobile calls. Understanding the difference between peak and off-peak times can also help you save money on your landline bill. Another way to save money is by combining your landline with your entertainment services, such as your mobile phone or broadband.
FAQs about landlines
Do I need a landline?
You could save money by getting rid of your landline. However, if you have broadband, you might need to keep your landline as some providers can only supply broadband over a landline connection.
What is a line rental charge?
A line rental charge is the amount you pay your supplier each month for the use of your landline.
What is a connection cost?
The connection cost is how much you pay for your provider to set up your landline.
What is meant by inclusive calls?
Inclusive calls are free calls included in the price of your package, such as making calls on the weekend or evening. Most inclusive calls are usually only free for the first 60 minutes so you will need to hang up and redial to avoid extra charges.
What type of tariffs can I get?
Choosing the right tariff depends on the times you’re most likely to use your landline. You can choose from unlimited calls to local and national UK landline numbers at any time or inclusive evening and weekend calls. Some providers will offer free calls to mobile phones or to international numbers, though restrictions to both of these may apply.
Can I get my landline and broadband from the same provider?
Yes, you can choose the same provider for your landline and broadband. It may even save you money as most companies offer a discount for taking out more than one service with them.
Can I keep my phone number if I switch providers?
Yes, providers will let you keep the same number if you move your service. However, be sure to double check before switching provider.
How do I switch provider?
Switching to another provider is easy but you should make sure you are not tied to an existing contract. If you are tied into a contract, you may have to pay an exit fee to cancel.
Your new supplier may be able to liaise with your current supplier on your behalf to make the switch or you may need to cancel your current tariff yourself.