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How do i get an internet connection without a landline phone contract?


Lucian e2
4 561
12 Aug 2012 2:32PM
I am moving in to my new house soon and have decided that i dont want a landline phone but will still need to connect to the internet. I dont know if i can do this can anyone advise. Do i need to install a telephone line but just get a contract for internet connection instead of a call package?

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oldblokeh e2
3 926 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 2:46PM
12 Aug 2012 2:49PM
You could get a mobile dongle. It basically connects through the mobile phone network. We've got one on a 2 month rolling contract with Virgin. Its a 7.2Mb modem so pretty fast.

Please note i am no way affiliated with Virgin.
oldblokeh e2
3 926 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 3:49PM
However, the speed you actually achieve with a 3g dongle is unlikely to match that of the modem. See here: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/356662/why-you-wont-get-the-mobile-broadband-speeds-you-pay-for
lemmy e2
7 2.1k United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 4:15PM

Quote: Do i need to install a telephone line but just get a contract for internet connection instead of a call package?


Yes, because unless you have cable into your home, you need a phone line to get the internet data in.

As far as I know no-one offers internet access without line rental, in which case you might as well have a phone as not.
tpfkapm e2
3 151 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 4:59PM
Virgin media
franken e2
12 3.3k 4 Wales
12 Aug 2012 5:09PM
If you're in an area covered by Virgin then this may do?

Ken

http://store.virginmedia.com/broadband/compare-broadband/index.html

ps, you need to click the red no button for a price without a phone.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 5:30PM
Don't Sky do a broadband with their satellite package? But that only works if you want to ally yourself with Murdoch...
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 5:38PM

Quote:Don't Sky do a broadband with their satellite package? But that only works if you want to ally yourself with Murdoch...


It still has to make use of a BT line
lemmy e2
7 2.1k United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 5:41PM

Quote:But that only works if you want to ally yourself with Murdoch...


No it doesn't. You can hate Murdoch but Sky still works. I couldn't stand Steve Jobs but it didn't stop my iPad working Tongue
12 Aug 2012 7:14PM
Another alternative is a dongle with O2 and if you have any hotspots nearby the broadband dongle allows you free use of the hotspots which doesn't affect your package allowance. For multiple users you could get an O2 mifi unit and then also use the free hotspot connection
StuartAt e2
10 1.1k 6 England
12 Aug 2012 9:04PM
If you have a phone that can act as a wi-fi hotspot (as most smartphones do these days) then you can piggy-back on your mobile connection. Not sure what the speed would be like though, as dependent on mobile reception.
12 Aug 2012 9:43PM

Quote:Another alternative is a dongle with O2 and if you have any hotspots nearby the broadband dongle allows you free use of the hotspots which doesn't affect your package allowance. For multiple users you could get an O2 mifi unit and then also use the free hotspot connection


Forgot to add that (if you aren't aware), the hotspots are a long range wifi broadband signal that O2 provide and they are free unlimited access for broadband customers, even those on payg no-contract dongle deals. You can set your dongle not to use the 3G signal and use the hotspot wifi, thus saving allowance and money. I used it for a week away and the speed was absolutely fine. But having numerous gadgets now (we all have iPods/pads) I will get a mifi, so my wifi iPad can hook up to the Internet out and about.
Lucian e2
4 561
13 Aug 2012 9:25AM
I have a smart phone and i am on an orange contract. I dont know if there is any product from orange that can get me on the internet.
Lucian e2
4 561
13 Aug 2012 9:43AM
What is the minimum speed i need as i will be using the internet to upload my photos to the photo lab?

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