Is there any form of internet I can get without having to install a phone line?
- Janice, May 2, 2007 (name changed for privacy)
Hi Janice, there are a handful of ways to connect to the internet, but your physical location determines what’s available to you.
Dial Up – requires phone line
DSL – requires phone line
Cable TV/Internet – requires cable line
Satellite – requires equipment purchase
Wireless (cell phone like) – requires AirCard purchase
Wireless Mesh – handful of cities only, similar to airport service and hot spots
In a few years more cities will start building Wireless Mesh services which allows people to use there existing wireless cards to connect at low cost. This will feel like when you walk into an airport or a hot spot like at Starbucks stores, except the whole city will be covered. This won’t help those of us in the suburbs of course.
DSL is currently the best price for speed [$14.99 for 768 kbps]. Installing a single home phone line + DSL service might net you the same monthly cost as getting Cable, Satellite, or Wireless through a cell phone company. Compare the costs on an annual basis and see which option works best for you.
After thoughts: Remember that you only need one home telephone line for DSL and Dial Up internet services, you don’t need a second line installed.
DSL filters received inside your self installation kit allow you to talk on the phone and surf the internet at the same time.
Take a look at this AT T Yahoo DSL installation I did recently for insight.
Dial up internet users can download Callwave, an internet answering service that notifies you when someone is calling. Callwave prompts you with Caller ID and gives you the option to answer, or send the caller to voice mail.
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