Pros and cons of getting a landline phone with your broadband plan

Whether or not you opt for one will depend on a number of factors.

If you’re signing up to a new broadband bundle, or considering some changes to your existing plan, you may be thinking about whether or not you really need a home phone line.

According to ComReg, the number of consumers with landlines is dropping, but there’s still a significant number of households with these types of connections - although whether all of them have a phone that they actively use is another story.

Do I need a landline?

There are a couple of reasons why you might want a landline:

  • Signal problems - if you have don’t have strong mobile phone signal at home, a landline can be a lifesaver.
  • Reliability - if there’s a power cut, or mobile signal goes down, the chances are your landline won’t be impacted.
  • Free local calls - if you don’t have an unlimited mobile plan, making local calls on your landline can sometimes work out cheaper, depending on your package.

Does having a landline with my broadband cost more?

Whether or not having a landline with your broadband costs more will really depend on the plan and provider you go with. However, as a general rule, with most providers, if you opt for a broadband and phone plan, rather than a broadband-only deal, you’ll probably pay about €5 per month extra.

However, at the moment, there are better introductory offers on broadband and phone deals compared to standalone broadband deals, so if you’re switching to a new deal, you may save more by opting for one of these - whether you intend to use the phone line or not.

Will getting a landline installed cause hassle?

Very often, the technology used to provide you with broadband will be the same as that used to provide you with your landline, so there shouldn’t be any additional hassle involved with getting a landline installed - you’ll just need to buy a handset.

I pay for a landline I don’t use - what should I do?

If you have a landline phone at the moment that you don’t use at all, you’re basically paying a monthly fee for nothing.

If you haven’t switched in a while, it would be worth shopping around to see if you can find a broadband-only or broadband and TV deal that works better for you - not only will you not be forking out for a home phone you don’t use, you’ll also likely get a decent introductory discount when you switch to a new provider.

If you’re not interested in switching, the best bet would be to contact your provider to ask about removing the landline element from your package, so you’re not paying for it when it’s not in use.

I want a landline but not sure what plan to go with

If you can’t live without your landline, the good news is that there are loads of options out there to choose from.

You’ll need to decide whether you want a broadband and phone plan, or you also want to add in TV, which means you’d be opting for a triple-play deal.

Once you decide on the type of plan you want, you’ll also need to make a decision on what kind of call package you need - for example, are you happy with inclusive calls to landlines, or do you also need minutes to mobiles or overseas numbers?

There are loads of different options available, so take a few minutes to compare all of the different offers, and you’re sure to find one to suit you.

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