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.