For many, the latest round of landline price hikes was the final straw, and with line rental and call charges on the up once again you might be questioning whether you still need a landline too.
We weigh up the pros and cons of cancelling your landline so you can decide whether it's still good value for money.
Pro: No more home phone bills
Cost is likely to be the main reason you would consider getting rid of your home phone.
After all, most landline packages charge for calls - be it at weekends, evenings or 'anytime' - as part of the inclusive cost. If you rarely use your home phone then you really are paying out for a service you do not need.
Calling a mobile phone is also much more expensive from a landline and as we make more and more calls to people on the move this can drive up your phone bill considerably.
Alternative 1: If you do not make many calls your call package could be ditched all together and your costs cut considerably. Many call-inclusive landline packages charge well over the odds for line rental, meaning you could save even more by switching to a line rental only deal.
Alternative 2: Making sure you are on a cheapest call package for the way you use your landline is an easy way to cut costs if you do use your home phone sometimes. The easiest way to do this is to think about when you use your home phone and where you call, then switching to the cheapest deal that suits.
Alternative 3: You might decide you do not need you line rental at all, especially if you do not need a broadband connection, giving you even more money in your pocket. Cancelling would stop the cost entirely but it is likely you will need to pay a reconnection fee if you change your mind in the future.
Pro: Fewer sales calls
Putting up with marketing, sales and silent phone calls is both frustrating and waste of time.
The vast majority of these calls are still made to landline telephone numbers, with mobile and internet telephone numbers still largely unaffected.
Therefore it is a safe assumption that ditching your landline will also mean getting rid of unwanted and unsolicited phone calls as well.
Alternative: There are a number of ways you can reduce the number of sales calls you get. Read our guide: How to Stop Sales Calls to find out more.
Con: No landline telephone number
A landline phone number is often considered a positive when you apply for a financial product because it ties you to a fixed address.
This in turn can make banks and building societies more willing to lend to you because they will have more confidence that you will be staying at the address you have given them for the foreseeable future.
It is reported by some customers that you may encounter problems applying for some financial products without a landline telephone, especially if you have bad credit as well.
While there is little solid evidence that ditching your landline will harm your chances when applying for a loan or credit card, this may be worth bearing in mind.
Solution: If you decided to get rid of your landline altogether then it's important to ensure you are registered on the electoral role for your current address because this will give potential lenders reassurance that you are likely to stay there.
Con: No free calls
Most landline telephone packages will include either free evening or weekend calls as a minimum, often both.
By ditching your landline phone you are giving up these free telephone calls, something to carefully consider if you are are a chatterbox most evenings or at the weekend.
If you switch to a line rental only deal you may be charged a connection fee that adds pence to each call you make so this is important to factor in when you are looking at costs too.
Alternative 1: Go mobile
The most obvious solution perhaps, is to turn to your mobile phone.
While using your mobile 10 years ago as a replacement to your landline may have been unpractical, with improved network coverage and cheaper call packages it could be a viable option.
If you have an existing contract which has plenty of minutes you could simply begin to use these instead of your landline, although you will need to be careful that your increased usage won't mean you exceed your allowance.
If you are currently a Pay-as-You-Go mobile customer you will have to weigh up whether regularly topping up your mobile phone will be cheaper than switching to a sim-only contract or pay-monthly deal.
Alternative 2: Voice Over IP (VOIP)
Voice Over IP or VOIP telephone calls are becoming increasingly popular and have the potential to be an ideal replacement to a landline call package - you will need to keep your home phone line connected for this.
However, before you switch to Skype, Vonage or any of the other VOIP providers you need to make sure you have adequate broadband limits to cope.
You will also need to weigh up whether using VOIP is practical and remember although you can call other VOIP numbers for free, landlines and mobile numbers will still incur a charge. You may also not be able to make calls at all to certain numbers, including emergency services and some international numbers.
VOIP will also be reliant on your internet connection, meaning if your broadband goes down so will your VOIP telephone.
What about my broadband connection?
For many of us, the necessity of a decent broadband internet connection is the only reason we pay for a landline at all.
Most broadband providers deliver their connection through your phone line, meaning you'll need one to stay connected, however, there are a couple of other options:
Cable/Fibre Optic broadband
Over the past few years several major internet providers, including Virgin and EE now offer cable broadband packages, delivered through fibre optics.
This offers super-fast internet connection and, in most cases, removes the necessity of keeping your home phone - (although you may still need a landline connection for some products).
Unfortunately, fibre optic broadband is still not available universally throughout the UK, meaning if you live in a rural area you could be unable to check if you can receive fibre optic broadband and to compare the different packages on offer in the UK you can use our Fibre Optic Broadband comparison table.
With no line rental charge and the flexibility to take your connection with you wherever you go, mobile broadband could be a cheap and convenient alternative to a standard landline based internet connection.
Recent improvements in reliability and the launch of super-fast 4G, mobile broadband is beginning to ditch its reputation as being slow and unreliable.
While it is still unlikely to be suitable for heavy internet users and online gaming, if you tend to use your home broadband on a more modest level using a mobile internet connection may be worth looking at.
You can compare the various mobile broadband deals currently on sale by using our Mobile Broadband Deals comparison table.
What if I want to keep my landline?
If after weighing up the pros and cons you have decided that you are not ready to drop your landline just yet it is vital to make sure you are getting the best deal you can.
Read our guide: 7 easy ways to cut the cost of landline calls so you can get a cheaper deal.