DSL Internet with No Phone? Yes, It’s Freestanding.

DSL Internet with no phone service

Cut the cord and save!

DSL has long been the high-speed Internet service associated with phone service. That’s because, traditionally, DSL Internet access could only be delivered over an active phone line. If you “cut the cord” and went without phone service at home, you’d have to turn to cable or satellite Internet for broadband.

But EarthLink has for many years also offered a different kind of high-speed DSL with no phone required. It’s called…

Dry Loop? Naked? We’ll Go with Freestanding DSL.

We call our no-phone-DSL service Freestanding DSL because it stands free, apart from any phone service. This type of DSL Internet service is sometimes called dry loop DSL, naked DSL, or standalone DSL. (But since none of those terms are well known or understood, we decided not to go with “dry,” “naked” or “alone” for our DSL service.)

Freestanding DSL is just as fast (offering Internet connections up to 7Mbps) and just as reliable as regular high-speed DSL Internet service. So, if you don’t have an active home phone line, it’s a great broadband alternative. And if you do currently have home phone service and you qualify for Freestanding DSL, you can cancel your home phone service (using only your cell phone) and save money each month.


No Phone = Big Savings
Cancelling home phone service typically saves consumers an average of $240 a year (based on an average basic calling plan, plus all the additional taxes and surcharges you have to pay). If you have more than the most basic home phone plan, you save even more. This money-saving feature makes Freestanding DSL the DSL of choice for the cell-phone-only crowd.

Where You Can Get Freestanding DSL

If you want to go without a landline phone, EarthLink Freestanding DSL sounds almost too good to be true, right? But it’s for real. The only “catch” is that it’s not as widely available as regular DSL Internet service.

It is available nationwide, but only in areas where Verizon is the local telephone company. If you know Verizon is in your area, you should be good to go. If you are unsure, simply enter your home address and zip code in the Check Availability box on our Freestanding DSL page to see if your location qualifies (a home phone number isn’t required to check availability, but you can enter it if you do still have a home phone). Even if you don’t qualify for Freestanding DSL, you’ll see other high-speed services that are available for you, such as Cable Internet (which also doesn’t need a home phone line).

When to Cancel Your Phone Service

If your location qualifies for Freestanding DSL and you still have your phone line active, it’s best to disconnect your phone service before you place your order for Freestanding DSL. Installation will be easier if phone service is disconnected before you order Freestanding DSL. So call your phone company as soon as you can.


Other Differences Between Freestanding and Regular DSL

As we noted above, in most ways Freestanding DSL is just like regular DSL Internet access – without the phone service, of course.

One minor, positive difference is that with Freestanding DSL you do not need to install phone line filters around your house as you do with regular DSL (if you do get a self-installation kit with filters you can disregard them and skip any set-up instructions mentioning filters).

Another is that Freestanding DSL does not interfere with home alarm systems the way regular DSL services sometimes do. Because Freestanding DSL is a dedicated line with no phone service on it, it should not affect your home alarm service and your alarm service should not affect your DSL.

Installing Freestanding DSL

You can quickly and easily install Freestanding DSL using the self-installation kit and free DSL modem we send you. You can install the modem anywhere in your home that you have a phone jack (as long as there is no active phone service on the line). If you want to use your DSL Internet access in a room that does not have a phone jack, you’ll need to install the modem in a different room (with a phone jack) and then install a wireless router so you can use your high-speed Internet connection in any room over Wi-Fi. EarthLink Home Networking comes with a free Wi-Fi router and everything else you need.

If you are one of our Freestanding DSL customers already, let us know how you like it by leaving a comment below.

And you can all weigh in on the question of what we should have named the service: freestanding DSL, dry loop DSL, naked DSL, or standalone DSL?

Can You Get High Speed Internet without a Phone Line?

Wondering if it’s possible to get a high-speed Internet connection for your home if you don’t have a home phone line.

We know this is an important consideration for the growing number people who rely exclusively on their cell phones and are dropping home phone service.

Well, at EarthLink, the answer turns out to be yes, yes and yes!

That’s because we offer three different kinds of broadband Internet services that don’t require that you also pay for a phone line.

People who choose a high-speed Internet service that doesn’t require an active phone line can cancel can cancel their home phone and save an average of almost $240 a year.

High Speed Cable without a Phone Line
The high-speed service that’s probably most obviously independent of a phone line is cable Internet access.

With EarthLink Cable Internet, your high-speed Internet service is delivered over the same coaxial cables that cable TV uses.

To get EarthLink Cable Internet, you don’t actually have to have cable TV, you just need to be in a serviceable area. You can check pricing and availability on the cable Internet page our website.

When you check service availability, you’ll also see which speeds are available in your area. Our most popular cable Internet plans provide speeds that range from 3Mbps to 15Mbps (that’s from 55x to 250x the speed of dial-up).

EarthLink has been a leading cable Internet service provider since 1997.

High Speed DSL without a Phone Line
Regular DSL Internet service is a “shared line” service, meaning the Internet service is delivered over the same copper phone line that your phone calls use, and it requires an active phone line. Our Freestanding DSL (it’s also called Dry Loop DSL) works in a different way and doesn’t require an active phone line.

Though behind the scenes Freestanding DSL works differently, it delivers the same broadband speed as regular DSL, up to 7Mbps (100x faster than dial-up), plus the same additional benefits.

Availability of Freestanding DSL is more limited than our regular DSL: it is only available in areas covered by Verizon.

From the  Freestanding DSL page on our website, enter your phone number (if you have one), street address and zip code to confirm if it is available where you live.

EarthLink has been a leading high-speed DSL Internet service provider since 1999.

High Speed Satellite Internet without a Phone Line
Satellite is the third type of high-speed Internet access we offer that doesn’t require a phone line.

EarthLink Satellite Internet, which we offer in partnership with HughesNet, still isn’t yet as popular as our other high-speed Internet services, but it’s becoming a much more attractive option.

Previously, satellite was the best choice only for homes in rural areas that weren’t served by any Cable or DSL Internet services, because speeds were slower and costs were a bit higher. That’s no longer true.

Now with HughesNet’s Gen4, you can get 2-way satellite Internet service with speeds from 10Mbps to 15Mbps (175x to 25x faster than dial-up). And HughesNet is the nation’s #1 choice for satellite Internet.

To see if satellite Internet might be right for you, go to the satellite Internet page on our website and click either Learn More or Get Started.

Let us know your experience without a home phone … or why you want to hold on to yours.

DSL Without a Phone Line? It’s Freestanding DSL!

DSL service without an active phone line - Freestanding DSL

DSL has been a popular choice for high-speed Internet access for many years. And EarthLink has been a leading provider of DSL Internet services since 1999, when we were the first ISP to offer consumer DSL service nationwide. So we really know a thing or two about DSL.

What do people like most about DSL? Primarily its value: DSL offers a great combination of high-speed Internet access and low monthly cost.

What don’t they like?

Well, the #1 issue that comes up turns out to be a mistaken idea: that you need an active home phone line to get DSL Internet service. That’s just not true anymore; at least not in many areas of the country.

You can now get DSL without phone service in your home.

DSL Internet service did traditionally require an active phone line. But for several years now, EarthLink has been offering a less well-known high-speed DSL service that you can get even if you’ve cancelled your home phone service. We call it Freestanding DSL (it is also sometimes called dry-loop DSL).

Before Freestanding DSL, if you wanted to get DSL you had to pay the local phone company to keep your line active, even if you didn’t use it.

So Freestanding DSL can save most people money (quite a lot, actually) by letting them cancel their home phone service and just go with a cell phone.

The average savings is almost $240 a year. Pretty nice, huh?

If you’ve already cut the cord and use your cell phone exclusively, Freestanding DSL gives you another great broadband Internet option, along with cable Internet.

The one caveat about freestanding or dry-loop DSL is that it’s not as widely available as regular DSL. Our regular DSL is available in most metropolitan areas nationwide.

Our Freestanding DSL is only in areas where Verizon is the local telephone company. If that’s true where you live, then you’re in luck.

You can easily check the availability of both kinds of DSL (and cable) by entering your home phone number (if you have one) and address on our High-Speed Internet access page.

If you do want freestanding DSL but your phone service is currently active, it’s typically best to cancel your phone service first, before placing the Freestanding DSL order.

You can find more information about installing freestanding DSL, including options to install it on a second phone line, by clicking the Learn More button on our Freestanding DSL page.