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Paying for a landline you never use? You're not alone.

It’s no surprise that younger generations are increasingly choosing to use their mobiles as primary method of communication – making and receiving calls, texting, and getting online.

One of the current debates is why do you have to pay for a landline when you don’t use it. According to Kate Devine at MoneySupermarket, only 1 in 5 who pay for a landline actually uses it.

However, often customers choose not to look beyond the monthly landline cost they are being charged and so don’t realise that if their home is not connected with fibre optic cables but receive broadband via copper cables, then avoiding the landline cost is inevitable.

Some providers, such as Vodafone, have recognised customer frustration about this and have instead built the landline charge into their broadband cost. However, given the costly landline rental prices, this move doesn’t look like it will solve the issue but only increase the cost of the broadband packages.  

Another interesting statistic is that according to a Money Saving Expert survey 80% of people under 30 either don’t have a landline at all or don’t ever use one. The landline rental cost seems obsolete and yet monthly billed to customers who have simply moved towards using their mobiles instead. Recently the Conservative MP Ed Vaizey referred to these charges as outdated.

Mobiles are going to slowly but permanently replace landlines as primary form of voice communication, at least at home. There are alternative solutions to the traditional landline which can play a pivotal role in your household or business budget such as VoIP technology, which offers on average a 40% reduction in cost compared to a traditional landline.  

It seems that most UK broadband providers will still require home owners to have landline and pay for line rental even if it’s never used. The only difference is that it is now just bulked into the cost of internet.

This is because most UK Internet providers can only deliver broadband over the old telephone copper cables. Basically, unless there’s fibre network in the area or fibre is installed in the homes, then home owners will be tied to the landline rental charge even if they don’t want to.

There’s good news though. The UK government has committed to expand the fibre network and offer faster speeds, beating the UK average national of 42Mbs. This will be a lengthy and costly process likely to take years to come but it’s certainly the way forward.

For a lot of developers, it’s becoming the norm to look for alternatives to please prospective buyers in the competitive landscape and win sales. If a new development is equipped with fibre optic cables, then residents won’t have to commit to a landline.

Here at Grain we deliver VoIP landline to customers as. We deliver fibre to each home eliminating the pricey landline monthly cost customers usually would pay on copper connection. Ge in touch to find out more - hello@grainconnect.com 

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