Line rental is included in most broadband packages because most providers use BT’s copper wires to give you an Internet connection. Unfortunately, with these packages, you are required to have an active phone line so line rental is often an unavoidable extra fee unless you opt for more expensive fibre optic broadband packages with ISPs like Virgin Media. But why is line rental so expensive?
BT says that the cost of maintaining the line is the same whether or not you use it to make calls. And the reason why it is so expensive is that BT and other providers continue to invest in their networks to supposedly deliver a faster and more efficient Internet connection to all of their customers, particularly in rural areas.
Nowadays, line rental costs on average about £16.99 a month. That’s over £200 a year! The use of the landlines has decreased in recent years with the rise of mobile devices, but at the same time, costs have gradually gone up. In fact, from 2010-2015, prices actually went up faster than inflation.
The high pricing became such an issue that Ofcom actually intervened back in February 2017, ordering BT to reduce the cost of their line rental service by £5 per month.
Although fewer people are using landlines each year, they are still essential to the majority of homes and businesses in the UK.
According to Statista, in 2018, 76% of homes and businesses in the UK still have a landline that can be used to make and receive calls. But the high monthly expense of the line rental in addition to the broadband and phone package makes it hard to see where customers are getting good value for money.
VoIP phone services have had a surge in popularity over the last few years as a direct resolution to these extortionate and unnecessary line rental bills. The VoIP vs Landlines debate is an important one for homes and businesses to have as switching to a broadband only deal without the line rental and choosing one of our VoIP packages could be a much cheaper solution.
If avoiding the expensive monthly line rental fee sounds appealing to you, then we have a range of VoIP phone packages available. If you would still prefer to stick to traditional landlines, then we can offer significant reductions over BT rates. To find out more, call 01427800310 and see how much money you could save today.