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The conversation on home internet plans more often than not tends to include cable and phone service providers so much so that we have come to think one is essential to the other. This couldn’t be however farther from the truth. You certainly have the option to get a standalone internet plan via fiber, cable, DSL, and satellite broadband services.

Sure, some households require all three services and bundling seems like a good idea, but not every individual or household functions the same way. You could be someone who prefers a cellular service over a home phone or streaming platforms over cable TV. Having to pay for the other services then, when all you need is the internet, is a burden you shouldn’t have to bear. Luckily, you don’t have to.

Here we’ll be exploring the options that allow you to get internet without cable and phone line. True that not all options are available at every location, yet standalone internet service from one or more providers is likely to be accessible in the majority of well-connected regions across the US—and you’re sure to find one that suits you the best.

Standalone Cable Internet Deals

Below is a list of internet & phone service providers that also offer standalone broadband plans at competitive rates. By all means, cable internet is faster and more reliable than satellite and DSL making it a great choice for any home! We have included the more popular internet-only plans here, but most of them have other offers on the table too.

Provide/Service/ Plan*

Price

Max. Download  Speed

Max. Upload  Speed

Data Allowance

Cox Internet Preferred 150

$49.99/mo.
for 12 months with 1-yr. term agreement

150 Mbps

 

10 Mbps

1.25 TB

Grande 300 Mbps Internet

 

$35.99/mo.

for 12 months

300 Mbps

20 Mbps

Unlimited

Mediacom Internet 300

$59.99/mo.
for 12 months

300 Mbps

30 Mbps

2000 GB

Optimum Internet 300

$45.00/mo.

for 12 months

300 Mbps

35 Mbps

Unlimited

RCN Internet 250

$34.99/mo.
for 12 months

250 Mbps  

Unlimited

Spectrum Internet

$49.99/mo.
for 12 months

200 Mbps

10 Mbps

Unlimited

Suddenlink Internet 200

$35/mo.
for 12 months

200 Mbps

20 Mbps

Unlimited

WOW! Internet 200

 

$29.99/mo.
for 12 months with enrollment in AutoPay & paperless billing

200 Mbps

20 Mbps

Unlimited

Xfinity Internet

Performance Pro

$49.99/mo.
for 12 months with 1 yr. agreement. Price includes $10 AutoPay & paperless billing discount.

200 Mbps

 —

1.2 TB

*Prices and speeds may vary by area. Prices may be higher in some areas.

Standalone DSL Internet Deals

DSL internet may not be the fastest on the block, but it’s the connection that goes where most don’t. For those living in sparsely populated areas, this is your best bet if you need to strike a balance between performance and price.

As is the case with cable internet, DSL plans can also be subscribed to without having to get the internet & phone service together—all you need to get going is your existing home phone’s jack. Meaning you don’t have to get a double play from an internet and phone service provider, but you do need to have an existing landline at home. Unless the ISP offers “naked” or “dry loop” DSL which does not require you to have a home phone line.

Here are some broadband providers utilizing upgraded copper networks which deliver high-speed DSL plans:

Provider/Service/ Plan*

Price

Max. Download  Speed

Max. Upload  Speed

Data Allowance

AT&T Internet 100

$45.00/mo.
for 12 months

100 Mbps
  

20 Mbps

Unlimited

CenturyLink 100

$49/mo.

100 Mbps

 —

1024 GB

Windstream Kinetic 100

$37/mo.
for 12 months

100 Mbps
 

 —

Unlimited

*Prices and speeds may vary by area. Prices may be higher in some areas.  

Standalone Fiber Internet Deals

Fiber internet is the best there is. You get a lightning-fast connection that you can rely on. That is if you can get it. The service is more widely available in densely populated urban areas relative to other urban localities where availability is spotty.

To be sure, you can call at 1-855-349-9328 to confirm availability at your address before you set your heart on any of the standalone fast-speed unlimited data plans listed below. 

Provider/Service/ Plan*

Price

Max. Speed

Data Allowance

AT&T Fiber 300

$35/mo.
for 12 months

300  Mbps

Unlimited

CenturyLink

Gigabit

$65/mo.

1  Gbps

Unlimited

Windstream Kinetic Fiber

$67/mo.
for 12 months

1 Gbps

Unlimited

 *Prices and speeds may vary by area. Prices may be higher in some areas.  

Standalone Satellite Internet Deals

For those living in rural or remote areas, your best chance at broadband is a satellite connection—essentially because it is available coast to coast. Sure, it’s slower than cable and fiber internet, but it gets you 25 Mbps fast download speed which meets the FCC’s broadband criteria. HughesNet and Viasat are both good choices. And neither requires you to bundle the internet and phone service.  

Provider/Service/ Plan*

Price

Max. Download Speed

Max. Upload  Speed

Data Allowance

HughesNet Gen5  

20 GB

$49.99/mo.
for 6 months with a 2 yr. term agreement

25 Mbps

3 Mbps

20 GB

Viasat Unlimited 25

$99.99/mo.
for 3 months with a 2 yr. term agreement

25 Mbps

Unlimited
After 60 GB of high-speed data usage, your data may be prioritized behind other customers during network congestion which will result in slower speed.  

Fixed-Wireless Internet Options

Apart from the wireless satellite internet option, there is fixed wireless internet too which does not rely on a landline network to deliver broadband. You get speeds as fast as 50 Mbps for instance with Rise Broadband, and you can also choose an unlimited data plan. But there is one caveat—you must be based in the line of sight of the provider’s access point—so if there is anything blocking the line of sight, such as hills or skyscrapers, you’re likely to face an unreliable signal.

AT&T also provides fixed wireless internet, but only in areas where subscribers are not able to access traditional wireline AT&T Internet service. Download speeds of 25 Mbps are typical, however, the data allowance is capped at 350 GB.

Temporary Ways to Access Internet without Cable or Phone Line

Cell-Phone Hotspots

You can enjoy high-speed internet without cable or phone line by turning your mobile into a hotspot and using the cellular data plan to connect. Mobile hotspots are able to deliver a Wi-Fi signal which supports light streaming, gaming, and more. And, you can turn it on and off at will. The only thing you need to be wary of however is draining the phone battery and gobbling up your data due to inattentiveness. Unless you have unlimited data on your cellular plan as with AT&T Wireless Unlimited Your WaySM you may find this an expensive option—especially in the long run.

Free Public Internet

Alternatively, if it is in the short term that you need access to high-speed internet, you can head to your nearest coffee shop, restaurant, hotel, or library. You don’t even have to go in. Just park nearby to use the service. It’s not the most secure connection, however, so make sure you use a VPN, or at the very least steer clear of online banking and sharing of sensitive personal information during that time.

Final Words

There you go!

Now you have a list of all the providers you can explore to get standalone internet service. Not all these providers may be serving your area, but the likelihood is that some of these may have network coverage in your neighborhood. While cable broadband is reliable and fast and is widely available from a variety of providers, it becomes a more sure bet than others.

Explore your options either by using your ZIP code to fetch options available at your address or else contact experts in the field at 1-855-349-9328 to check offer availability and get pro advice.

With that said, happy hunting.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need cable TV for cable internet?

No, you don’t. Subscription to cable TV is not a requirement for cable internet. Many services like Spectrum Internet, RCN Internet, Cox Internet, Mediacom Internet, WOW! Internet, and more come with standalone plans.

Do I need a landline for a DSL internet connection?

Technically speaking, no. You don’t need a landline for DSL internet as long as an internet and phone service provider offers “naked” or “dry loop” DSL. Call at 1-855-349-9328 to find out if a provider serving your area offers DSL without a landline.   

Can I get access to Wi-Fi without a provider?

Not really. Wi-Fi requires an internet provider to power it. However, that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to pay for it. You can use a coffee shop or public library close by to connect to their internet in the short term.

Can you get free internet from a wireless router?

No. A router can’t do much without an internet provider powering it.

How to get Wi-Fi at home without a provider?

You will need to pay an internet provider to get Wi-Fi at home. Or else you can use your cell phone as a hotspot and your cellular plan to power the Wi-Fi.