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The best landline deals

Rachel Wait
by Lovemoney Staff Rachel Wait on 25 February 2011  |  Comments 5 comments

If you want to save money on your landline, take a look at these great deals.

The best landline deals

These days, most of us tend to rely on our mobile phones for calling our friends and loved ones. However, if you still use your landline, there are several things you can do to reduce how much you spend each month.

One of the most effective ways to slash your costs (apart from simply ditching your landline altogether) is to switch provider and find a better deal.

So here, I’m going to take a look at some of the best landline deals on the market right now.

Best for light users

Let’s start by looking at some of the best deals for those of you who don’t use your landline that often and want a basic deal that’s as cheap as possible.

Package

Monthly package cost

Monthly line rental

National daytime calls

National evening calls

National weekend calls

Contract length

Primus Home Phone Saver

Free

£7.99*

3.00p/min

Free

Free

12 months

Yourcalls Evening and Weekend Plan

Free

£9.69

3.00p/min

Free

Free

12 months

Primus Eco Saver

Free

£9.69

3.50p/min

Free

Free

18 months

DirectSave Telecom Option 1 (18 month)

Free

£9.95

4.90p/min

0.90p/min

Free

18 months

BT Unlimited Weekend Plan

Free

£10

7.00p/min

1.00p/min

Free

12 months

*Sign up by 14 March to get this offer.

As you can see, the very best deal here is the Primus Home Saver which comes with a monthly line rental of just £7.99 a month and no package fee. However, you’ll need to hurry if you want to take advantage of this deal, as this line rental price expires on 14 March.

You’ll also benefit from free national evening calls and free national weekend calls, while national daytime calls are just 3p per minute.

Alternatively, the Yourcalls Evening and Weekend Plan offers the same great rates for £1.70 more per month on line rental.

Bigger users

If you use your landline on a regular basis and need to make calls throughout the day (perhaps you work at home, for example), here are some of the best deals for you (with the cheapest package cost listed first):

Package

Monthly package cost

Monthly line rental

National daytime calls

National evening calls

National weekend calls

Contract length

Primus Home Phone Max

£2.89*

£10.99*

Free

Free

Free

12 months

Yourcalls Anytime Plan

£2.99 (free for three months)

£11.22

Free

Free

Free

12 months

Auracall Saver Anytime

£3.80

£10.99 (£8.99 for first two months)*

Free

Free

Free

12 months

DirectSave Telecom Option 3

£4.50

£11.95

Free

Free

Free

1 month

BT Unlimited Anytime Plan

£5 (free for three months)

£10

Free

Free

Free

12 months

*Online exclusive offer to Homephonechoices.co.uk

It’s worth noting that with the Yourcalls Anytime Plan, you’ll also get to choose a ‘Golden Destination’, which means you can get an extra discount to a mobile network or international destination that you call the most.

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And with the Auracall Saver Anytime package you’ll also have free anytime calls to 32 destinations worldwide! It also has cheap international calling rates from 2p per minute – so if you have friends and relatives overseas, this could be the package for you.

The Auracall Saver Anytime package, the DirectSave Telecom Option 3 package and the BT Unlimited Anytime Plan package also all include calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers.

The whole package

But what about those of you who don’t just want a landline? What if you want to have the complete package, with broadband or digital TV thrown into the bargain? Well, here are the best deals for you:

Package

Monthly package cost

Monthly line rental

Includes

National daytime calls

National evening calls

National weekend calls

Contract length

Virgin Media Talk : M + Virgin TV: M+

£3.25 for six months, £6.50 thereafter*

£12.99

Home phone and digital TV

8.68p/min

8.68p/min

Free

18 months

TalkTalk Essentials - Broadband and phone

£3.49 for 12 months, £6.99 thereafter**

£12.30 (one month free)**

Home phone and up to 24Mb  broadband

6.54p/min

Free

Free

12 months

Primus Saver Broadband

£4.99***

£11***

Home phone and up to 24Mb  broadband

3.50p/min

Free

Free

18 months

AOL Broadband and Calls

One month free, two months at £5.20, £10.20 thereafter

£11.99

Home phone and up to 8Mb broadband

6.54/min

Free

Free

18 months

Plusnet Value + Evening and Weekend

£6.49 (free for four months) ^

£11.99

Home phone and up to 20Mb broadband

6.40p/min

Free

Free

12 months

*Offer ends 30 March.

**Online only. Offer ends 7 March.

***Offer ends 14  March

^ Exclusive offer, price dependent on area. Offer ends 3 March.

Note that with the Virgin Media deal, there’s also a £40 connection fee and with the Plusnet deal there’s a £4.99 connection fee.

All of the deals in the tables above are available through homephonechoices.co.uk.

Alternatively, if you’re after a three-in-one package, here are three of the best deals:

Package

Speed

Usage limit

Call deals

TV package

Contract length

Monthly cost

Total first year cost

Virgin Media Broadband: XL + Phone: M + TV: M+

30Mb

Unlimited

Free weekend calls (8.68p/min for daytime and evening calls)

65+ channels and on demand entertainment

18 months

£12.50 for six months, £25 thereafter

£165

Sky Everyday Lite + TV + Talk Freetime

20Mb

2GB

Free evening and weekend calls (6.03p/min for daytime)

200+ TV and radio channels

12 months

£19.50

£264

BT TV Entertainment, Broadband and Calls

20Mb

10GB

Free weekend calls (7p/min daytime and 1p/min evening calls)

1000’s of hours of on demand entertainment

18 months

£20

£275

You can check out further deals like this at broadbandchoices.co.uk.

Utility Warehouse

Finally, another option to consider is Utility Warehouse. If you sign up, you’ll get lots of discounted deals on your landline and broadband costs, and you can also get your gas and electricity and mobile phone thrown into the deal as well. This will all be included in a single bill.

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If you’re after a home phone deal, for £10.75 a month, you can get unlimited free calls all day to other Utility Warehouse members. And if you decide to take out other services too (such as a mobile phone deal or gas and electricity), you’ll also benefit from free calls to UK landline numbers as well as 10 popular international destinations.

The time of day in which these calls (weekends/evening/anytime) will be free depends on how many services you take out with Utility Warehouse (the more you take out, the better the deal).

Meanwhile, home phone and broadband packages start from £19.99 a month, including line rental.

More: Get a great landline deal | You’re wasting money on your broadband | BT ramps up landline charged by 10%

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Comments (5)

  • Denthemen
    Love rating 14
    Denthemen said

    BAMBOOZLEMENT is the key word when it comes to the telecoms companies (along with the gas and electricity suppliers)!

    They confuse us all with their vast array of call rates, and for Rachel to cover every aspect of the whole telecoms charging arena would be a mammoth task. So the article does provide an idea of how much many of us are being overcharged for line rental, and we need that wonderful Quango OFTEL to sort THEM all out and to stop them ripping US all off.

    Report on 26 February 2011  |  Love thisLove  2 loves
  • rabb5it
    Love rating 13
    rabb5it said

    The article has BT phone line listed as £10. The standard BT line rental is now £13.60 the paperless discount having been removed. I believe you can pay 12 months in advance at a price of £120 & the 12 month contact is automatically renewed making it more difficult to leave without penalty. Why should you pay in advance, no other company asks this.

    The only advantage to 'staying' with BT is that they can't block overrides due to competition rules. But currently neither does talktalk, o2 or primussaver.

    Report on 27 February 2011  |  Love thisLove  0 loves

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