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06-07-2010, 04:09 PM #1
O/T how to get internet service w/o landline
I need to get internet service on my laptop and don't want to pay for a landline. What are my options? I have Verizon for my cell phone. Do they offer that service?
06-07-2010, 04:20 PM #2
06-07-2010, 04:25 PM #3
Many providers offer internet without a landline. You just have to ask because it frequently isn't listed in bold print. They want you to get both, and cable, and cell phone, and an insurance policy......
06-07-2010, 04:47 PM #4
I've just moved to AR, got ATT internet for only $35 a month with no landline.
Cheapest I could find.
06-07-2010, 05:22 PM #5
I have verizon internet for my laptop, its a usb cellular modem and works very good, not cheap though. It cost $60 a month on top of my $60 monthly cell service.
06-07-2010, 05:32 PM #6
You can use wired or wireless tether with certain cellphones.
06-07-2010, 05:41 PM #7
By landline, do you mean a telephone line, or do you mean any wire reaching your house?
I have Internet service through a buried cable, and do not use them for TV or phone service.
A relative moved to the sticks outside Reno, NV and found a local provider with a wireless internet service that covers houses within range of their various transceivers, mounted on utility poles. She said it was cheaper than satellite, and dial-up is too slow.
You can take your laptop to an area with free wi-fi, like many restaurants, coffee houses and libraries. You can just park outside if you don't want to buy anything. Or maybe your neighbors forgot to set a password for their wireless system. I had to remind one of my neighbors that they should do that.
06-07-2010, 06:41 PM #8
06-07-2010, 07:37 PM #9
06-07-2010, 08:14 PM #10
I will go back to it, I moved in with the girlfriend and she is on the hook to the phone company for another 8 months. There are now 3 towers that I can visually see from the back porch, it can be rocket fast, when the best DSL out here (that I couldn't get) was 1.5 megs, I was pulling down 3.5, weather doesn't effect it and it was only $50 a month, $100 for all the equipment and installation.
OR.... Satellite, if you hate yourself, and like to piss away buttloads of money on a shitty slow limited service that is still better than dial up. That is an absolute last resort for dead nuts middle of nowhere.
I know quite a few people that have accounts up here, but have the equipment set up at their fishing cabin down in Mexico, that makes sense.
06-07-2010, 08:18 PM #11
06-08-2010, 04:49 AM #12
For a while I was using my neighbor's internet connection out in my shop because it was fast than mine. I probably should have asked first. But they must have encrypted it because I can't get on through theirs any longer. But where I need the wifi service is at my church. I pastor a church in a rural area that has no landline and the church really doesn't have the funds for wifi service. If one of the neighbors had internet srevice I would approach them and offer to split the cost but my computer says there is nothing in range. It looks like the cheapest route is the $60 service through my cell-phone provider. I will check into it today.
06-08-2010, 02:14 PM #13
Verizon Wireless(Verizon & Verizon Wireless are 2 different companies) has 2 National Wireless Broadband plans. USB or PC Card modem.
250MB/month = $40
5GB/month = $60
Not as fast as cable, but very acceptable. It works well at the shop, better at my house.
Check their website for coverage area.
06-08-2010, 02:26 PM #14
06-08-2010, 02:27 PM #15
If you have a Droid phone like the "Incredible" or whatever their version of the "Hero" is you can install an APP called PDANET . It lets you use the phone as a modem through either a USB or Bluetooth connection to your PC.
The app is free to try for 2 weeks and then, if you decide to stay with it, a one time $18.95 payment to get the full version.
It works well with my Sprint HTC Hero and an ACER netbook.