How to get internet without cable or a phone line

BY Allconnect | Thu Sep 06, 2018
How to get internet without cable or a phone line

The times they are a-changin’, and more people ask themselves “Can I get home internet without cable or a phone line?” We’re becoming increasingly tech-savvy and developing more advanced options for communicating.

As we lean toward using the internet more, folks are use home phone lines or cable service less and less. In fact, many families use their smartphones as their primary phone lines, and view content via streaming sites (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) instead of cable TV.

A study by eMarketer predicts that by the end of 2018, 33.0 million U.S. adults will cancel their pay TV services. So is it time for you to cut the cord, too?

If you want to get internet service without cable or a phone line, we’ll give you some tips and ways you can access the internet without cable or home phone.

As you’re reviewing these options, keep in mind that some of them may not be available in your area. Your connection will depend on the internet provider and connection types offered at your home.

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Traditional internet service options without a phone line

Standalone internet plans

While many providers offer bundles, you can get internet without also purchasing TV and home phone services. Standalone internet, also known as freestanding internet, is a great option if you want home Wi-Fi, but don’t want to pay extra for TV and phone.

Many providers, such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier and Xfinity, offer at least one standalone internet plan option. If you’re a heavy internet user, watch TV via streaming services (like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime), or use your cell phone as your primary phone, then just having Wi-Fi at home is perfect for you.

So, if you want to cut the cable cord, don’t worry, you can still get internet without cable or a phone line. Most cable providers even offer internet service without cable. Just contact your provider to see the standalone internet options in your area.

Cheapest standalone internet options

  • Frontier Simply Broadband – $20 per month* starting at 6 Mbps
  • Cox Internet Starter – $29.99 per month* starting at 10 Mbps
  • XFINITY Performance Starter Internet – $29.99 per month* starting at 15 Mbps
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 9/6/18.

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Cable internet

Far too often, when people say the word “cable,” they’re referring to their TV service. But cable companies offer much more than cable TV.

They can also deliver digital phone service and high-speed internet service directly to your home. In fact, cable internet providers actually utilize the very same coaxial cable that connects to your television to bring you internet, which means that you can likely get connected in no time at all. And it means you can get high-speed cable internet without ever need a home phone line.

Cable standalone internet plus Wi-Fi hotspots

As an added bonus, if you subscribe to cable internet at home, you get free access to all of their Wi-Fi hotspots around town.

In 2012, Bright House Networks (now Spectrum), Optimum, Cox Communications and XFINITY announced that their broadband customers could access each other’s metro Wi-Fi hotspotsfor free. The cable internet companies have called this new shared network of more than 500,000 hot spots “CableWi-Fi” as an extension of the Wi-Fi services they offer.

To see where Wi-Fi hotspots are located in your area, just head to CableWi-Fi.com and pick your current provider for a map of all the nearby hotspots. Or, if they have one, download your provider’s mobile app and find the hotspots that way. To access the web via the hotspots, all you need to do is connect to the network and sign in with the credentials your cable provider has given you.

 

How to get just Wi-Fi: wireless internet options without cable

Can you get Wi-Fi without having internet at home? Yes, you can! However, you may have to get out of the house more or pay for more cell phone data based on your two Wi-Fi options below.

Public Wi-Fi – It’s all around

Nations around the world already provide public Wi-Fi as a service to the general population. As the economy’s of U.S. cities like Amherst, MA, and Kansas City, MO, continue to boom thanks to free, outdoor Wi-Fi networks, more cities will begin to follow suit.  

In the meantime, you and your family should be able to find internet connections without having an internet provider by using public Wi-Fi at nearby coffee shops, public libraries, universities, book stores and hotels.

Turn your smartphone into a wireless modem

If you don’t get enough use out of a personal hotspot or USB modem, then the likelihood of you purchasing one is slim. The good news is that there’s another way to make Wi-Fi happen with a device that’s likely already in your pocket–your smartphone.

Tethering” lets you turn your 3G or 4G cell phone signal into an internet connection. Certain apps for both Apple and Android operating systems can transform your smartphone into a portable modem, giving your laptop free Wi-Fi to use without ever needing an internet provider.

This method works really well if you want to turn your cell phone into a Wi-Fi generating machine for your laptop, or if you want to give new life to that old cell phone you still have lying around the house.

Just know that using your smartphone as a hotspot will quickly drain the phone’s battery, even with light surfing. It could also eat up your phone service data and quickly run you over your data limit.

 

Other Wi-Fi alternatives to cable internet

When you want Wi-Fi but not cable, you don’t have to worry—you still have choices. Check out home Wi-Fi options that get you high-speed internet without cable service. Satellite, fixed wireless and fiber-optic internet even offer Wi-Fi without needing a phone line!

Naked DSL

Using modern technology, providers can deliver highspeed internet and phone connections at different frequencies. As a result, many internet providers now offer their customers “Naked” DSL service (also known as “standalone” DSL or “freestanding” DSL) all by itself, without the bundled phone service they previously required.

If you already have phone service and DSL internet with a provider , then there’s a good chance that Naked DSL is available in your area, as these two systems are often interconnected. This option is especially cost-effective if your household is relatively small and each family member has his or her own mobile device.

Satellite internet

In more remote areas of the country where other types of connections (like cable or phone lines) aren’t readily available, satellite internet is a phenomenal, and increasingly popular, solution for getting internet. That’s because satellite internet service providers beam their data signals into your home from satellites hovering above the earth out in space, so they don’t need to run any hard wires to bring you the web.

Though this technology can reach users in isolated locations, you’ll likely need to invest a little extra in buying or renting the satellite dish if you want to access the internet. Plus, it’s important to keep in mind that things such as interference from bad weather, for example, can affect satellite internet download and upload speeds.

However, a variety of companies have already begun designing satellites that operate in lower orbits and could be used to deliver stronger, more reliable satellite internet signals. So, don’t be surprised if this cost-effective type of internet service earns more business once the next generation of satellites are in orbit.

Fixed wireless internet

Certain internet providers such as AT&T offer fixed wireless home internet that you can get without a phone line, cable line or a fiber line! Fixed wireless internet is particularly if it’s available in a rural area where you don’t want to buy satellite service.

Similar to satellite internet, customers use internet equipment on their homes (antennas) to pick up internet signals. Instead of communicating with satellites in space, though, you’ll get internet via radio signals from cell towers in the area.

Antennas picking up radio signals from local cell towers experience less weather interference than satellite signals, so fixed wireless internet can be more reliable.

The future of fixed wireless internet is exciting as companies such as Verizon embrace 5G wireless internet networks. Fixed wireless internet will keep growing and connect entire cities to the internet, enabling amazing Wi-Fi connections without needing cable, fiber or DSL lines.

Fiber-optic internet

If you’re looking for the fastest, most secure connection around, then there’s a good chance your next internet connection will be fiber.

Fiberoptic, or fios, technology is capable of achieving incredible speeds far faster than DSL or satellite by transporting data in the form of light signals through a new kind of wire. Fiber internet wires are made of tiny, transparent glass fibers that are about the diameter of a human hair.

While fiber speeds are so good that you can rapidly download music and movies, the downside is that it’s not yet widely accessible. As fiber internet grows in popularity, fiber expansion will grow and increase availability. In fact, cable and internet providers are already hard at work digging up old copper wires and replacing them with fiber-optic cables, so there’s a good chance your family will receive internet access without a phone through fiber internet sooner than later.

Your best option for internet without cable or a phone line will depend upon the cell phone service you have, the devices you own, the internet speeds you’ll need, your budget, and where you live or travel.

At Allconnect, we’re happy to help you find high-speed internet service at no cost to you. Ready to ditch your home phone or cable service? Just give us a quick and we’ll get you started with the connection type and provider of your choice today.

Originally published 3/9/18. Last updated 9/6/18.
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