The 2025 Switch Off will be here before we know it. Here’s what you need to know.

Traditional landlines will officially become outdated when the technology that supplies them is switched off in 2025. This means that your telephone system, if it’s not updated to use internet-based connections, will ultimately stop functioning.

Changes to a century-old infrastructure may seem a bit overwhelming, but you’ll still be able to call just the same – you just need to change your line type!

So, what do you need to know about the Switch Off? Here’s everything you need to know about how it will affect your business.

What is the Switch Off?

Analogue lines which transmit data through copper wires have long been the most reliable method of making calls. Broadband internet speeds and capabilities now vastly outperform these analogue lines. So, the old lines are being switched off, and everyone will need to switch to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. It allows voice calls to be made over the internet.

Are there any advantages?

Even though this is a change you need to make, there are still plenty of benefits to switching to VoIP!

  • Cost-effective – Using VoIP is cheaper than using fixed ISDN or PSTN systems.
  • Adaptability – if you choose a cloud-based solution, you can make and take calls from any device, wherever you are. You won’t be tied to your desk handset anymore.
  • Integration – You can link to systems with video chat, calls, and instant messaging.


You’ll be able to choose the best solution for your business as an alternative to your current technology. These include:

On-site systems – you’ll need to have hardware and software at your premises.

Hosted systems – This doesn’t require dedicated on-site hardware and is a cloud-based system hosted offsite.

There are benefits and drawbacks to both – depending on your business needs, you’ll be able to adapt a solution to suit you.

Key things every business should know

  • It’s less hassle than you think. Choosing the right solution will actually simplify all your systems, and increase your efficiency.
  • It has to happen. If you don’t switch over, your existing technology will just stop working. There’s no escaping it!
  • It can be done quickly – some of our solutions can be set up in a day!
  • You might not even need to switch! If you’re already using VoIP, you’re all set!
  • The sooner you think about switching over, the easier it’ll be to choose the right solution!


There’s a lot to think about! If you’re ready to make the upgrade, but not sure where to start – you can get in touch with one of our experts. Let us take the stress of the switch away and support you in migrating.

Here at Beckett Voice and Data, regardless of what solution you choose, we will be here, in person, to support and guide you through the transition.