As we use the internet more, people are using their home phone lines and cable TV service less. This has led to a rise in cord cutting, where people cancel their cable TV subscription in favor of streaming. According to forecasts by eMarketer, 76 million households are expected to cut the cord in 2023, considerably up from the 25.3 million in 2020.
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 services. As you’re reviewing these options, keep in mind that your internet options will depend on the internet provider and connection types offered at your home.
Traditional internet service options without a phone plan
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While many providers offer internet and TV bundles, standalone internet is a great option if you want home Wi-Fi, but don’t want to pay extra for TV and phone.
Providers such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier and Xfinity offer at least one standalone internet plan option. They may not be as cheap as plans from some regional providers like Buckeye Broadband, but nearly every internet service provider has an internet-only plan.
If you’re a heavy internet user, watch TV via streaming services (like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime), or use your cellphone as your primary phone, then only having wireless internet at home is perfect for you. You probably don’t need cable or phone service.
So, if you want to cut the cable cord, don’t worry, you can still get internet without cable or a phone line. Just contact your provider to see the standalone internet options in your area.
How to get high-speed internet without cable
Finding alternatives to cable internet or getting internet without a phone line will depend on where you live and what services are available near you.
Chances are you probably have a few options. Read on to learn more about how to get high-speed internet without cable or a phone line.
Best internet-only options
- Fiber optic internet
- Cable internet-only plans
- Dial-up internet
- DSL internet
- Fixed wireless internet
- Naked DSL
- Satellite internet
How to enjoy cable internet without cable TV
When people say the word “cable,” they often think it’s referring to their TV service. But cable companies offer much more than cable TV.
Shop cable internet and phone
Cable companies can also deliver digital phone service and high-speed internet to your home. Cable internet providers use the same coaxial cable that connects to your television to bring you internet. For internet that performs close to advertised speeds, cable internet is a good option.
If cable lines run through your neighborhood, you can likely get connected to the internet in no time at all. You don’t have to subscribe to a cable TV plan to enjoy an internet connection.
Take advantage of included Wi-Fi hotspots
As an added bonus, if you subscribe to cable internet at home, your provider probably gives you free access to all of their Wi-Fi hotspots around town.
In 2012, Spectrum, Optimum, Cox and Xfinity all announced that their broadband customers could access each other’s metro Wi-Fi hotspots for free. The cable internet companies call this shared network of more than 500,000 hotspots “CableWi-Fi” as an extension of the Wi-Fi services they offer.
To find Wi-Fi hotspots in your area, head to CableWi-Fi.com and pick your provider for a map of nearby hotspots. Or, download your provider’s mobile app to find available hotspots.
To access the internet via the hotspots, connect to the network and sign in with the credentials your cable provider has given you.
Internet types that don’t require a cable or phone line
Satellite internet provides you with an internet connection by transmitting data through a satellite orbiting in space to a satellite on your home — all you need besides a home satellite dish is a modem. If you live in a rural location, satellite internet could be the best option for you. Satellite internet providers include Viasat, HughesNet and Starlink.
Fixed wireless internet
Fixed wireless internet is another great cable-free option. Fixed wireless uses broadcast towers to transmit internet signals, so all you need is a small dish or antenna for your residence to receive those signals. This type of internet is also great for those living in rural locations. Some top providers that offer fixed wireless are AT&T and Verizon, among others.
5G home internet
5G home internet uses cellphone towers to provide internet to your home. It stands for ‘fifth generation’ and its network can be applied to both cellphones and home internet. However, availability is limited because many locations do not yet have access to 5G towers. Verizon and T-Mobile are some top providers offering 5G home internet.
Mobile hotspots are another way to get an internet connection without cables or phone lines. Mobile hotspots are available through your smartphone or a separate mobile hotspot device. Either way, these hotspots are a great way to connect to the internet while you’re on the go and don’t have access to your home network.
The bottom line
There are plenty of options for cheap internet service that do not require cable TV or a phone line. The best options are fiber optic providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, because these providers offer symmetrical download/upload speeds at an affordable rate. These providers still offer TV or phone bundling options, but they are not required for internet service.
Written by:Lisa Iscrupe
Writer, Broadband & Data Content
Lisa uses years of experience in sales and customer service for internet-TV providers to inform her writing on broadband. Her work has been referenced by CNN and other national sources.
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