By Anthony Hill - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Wednesday 18 January, 2012
Everyone has to pay line rental, whether you use your home phone for calls or just for your broadband connection. So how can you get “free” line rental, or cheaper line rental?
No providers currently offer “free” line rental, however, some home phone suppliers offer “inclusive” line rental instead.
LLU broadband providers such as TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk) are able to offer much cheaper bundled packages, sometimes including line rental in the monthly cost. This is because they install their own equipment in the local telephone exchange, allowing them to bypass BT and run their own network - passing the savings on to you.
BT (www.bt.com) is the UK’s biggest telecoms provider. It currently charges £15.45 a month for its line rental, if you pay by direct debit. This increases to £15.40 a month if you don’t want to pay by direct debit.
Opting for a bundle package isn’t the only way that you can save on your line rental. There are lots of providers that offer cheaper line rental than BT and the other big suppliers.
For example, Primus Saver (www.primussaver.co.uk) currently offers the cheapest line rental in the UK for just 9.49 a month if you sign-up using Homephonechoices.co.uk. Alternatively, YourCalls.net (www.yourcalls.net) offers line rental at £9.69 a month and Direct Save Telecom (www.directsavetelecom.co.uk) costs £11.30 a month.
When assessing your home phone costs, you also need to think about how you use your home phone. Consider the kind of calls you make and the time of day you make the majority of them. Then compare call costs and packages from different providers.
For example, if you make a lot of calls to friends and family abroad, you should look for a package with very cheap, or inclusive, international calls. Alternatively, you could make big savings with a provider like TalkTalk if the majority of your calls are made to local numbers. These calls are free to all TalkTalk customers.