A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) traditionally uses the copper wires of a phone line to connect with the Internet. The DSL connection doesn’t interfere with phone calls and lets users use both the phone line and surf the Internet at the same time.
There are benefits to bundling DSL with a phone line. Unlike cable or satellite Internet, DSL lines are private and direct to your home. You don’t need to dial-up to connect to the Internet, and no one else shares your DSL connection. This means that during high traffic times when cable or satellite Internet can get sluggish, your speeds won’t be affected.
However, there are many options available that do not require a home phone in order to use DSL Internet.
Do I need phone service for Wi-Fi?
A home Wi-Fi network is set up using an Internet connection and a wireless router that allows devices to connect remotely to the Internet. Depending on the type of Internet service you have, you may need phone service. If your DSL service requires a phone line then you will need one to connect to the Internet and set up your Wi-Fi network. But it is possible to use DSL without a phone line.
Do I need phone service for CenturyLink® DSL?
CenturyLink offers High-Speed Internet services that do not require a home phone line. Depending on location, the connection speeds available may vary. CenturyLink does offer bundled services for customers who want additional benefits or to save on their monthly bill.
What about freestanding DSL Internet providers?
Many companies offer freestanding, or “naked” DSL service, that doesn’t require the addition of a home phone line. This is a good option for people who are happy with their current phone plan and do not wish to add a home phone. The same dedicated Internet service is available, but the Internet and voice services are separated.
Some companies do not heavily promote their naked DSL services, so you may have to dig into their website or call customer service to find out if that is an available option.