Can You Get Internet Service Without Having a Landline?

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Options for Internet service without a landline include satellite, cellular tethering and MiFi. Some municipalities also provide free Wi-Fi for residences, or an arrangement might be made to use Wi-Fi from a nearby source.

Portable MiFi hotspots are available from companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. These devices are used in tandem with a bandwidth plan purchased from the company and connect to their cellular networks for Internet access. MiFi plans can be purchased without phone service from these companies, and the bandwidth allotments are usually more generous for the money than those included with comparably priced phone plans. However, they are still a relatively poor value compared to a landline. Use of MiFi also requires being within range of a 3G or 4G network for high-speed Internet access.

Satellite Internet access is available through companies that include dishNET and ViaSat. For home access, these systems generally involve the use of a satellite dish connected to a modem, but there are also portable satellite modems capable of functioning when pointed in the general direction of the satellite.

Internet through cellphone plans can also be tethered to a laptop or a desktop computer if the phone is capable of it.