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Broadband options without a phone line

There are three main ways of connecting to the internet, via ADSL, mobile broadband and cable with the available options often dependent on where you live.

Many homes in Ireland are serviced by ADSL connections which use copper lines to transmit data which is delivered by eir via existing telephone network infrastructures.

If you live in a home without a phone line, it’s still possible to access the internet – although your options might be more limited.

Check what options are available to you using Switcher.ie’s location checker.

Alternative options to ADSL

Mobile broadband

An alternative could be to take advantage of the extensive network coverage that is offered by mobile broadband providers through 3G / 4G connections. These connections can be achieved through a mobile dongle or by simply using a mobile phone as a personal hotspot alongside your laptop to provide a connection.

A number of broadband providers offer widespread network coverage, ideal for people living in some rural locations.

3G mobile broadband services

The rollout of 4G services will only assist in speeding up the broadband services that are on offer while 3G services are still capable of supporting many different internet activities.

These can include downloads, uploads, video streaming and basic tasks such as sending and receiving emails.

However, the average speeds available on 3G are not the ideal choice for those who use the broadband extensively – but it will support simple usage such as logging on to Facebook or Skype.

Data allowances will also apply and download limits on mobile broadband deals are likely to be considerably less than those found on fixed line deals.

Compare the latest mobile broadband deals on our dedicated mobile broadband comparison page.

4G mobile broadband services

4G technology is much newer than 3G and is capable of delivering broadband at much faster speeds – although a 4G dongle or MiFi unit is required.

Coverage is limited as the rollout is still in its early days but several major networks are developing 4G services on a continual basis.

Speeds of up to 40Mbps are available on 4G, making it a more viable option than its predecessor but the limited number of options means prices are relatively high.

If 4G mobile broadband sounds like it would suit your needs, you can compare 4G mobile broadband deals on our dedicated page.

Cable broadband

Fibre optic / cable broadband might also be available depending on the area. Virgin Media, one of the main providers of fibre broadband, supplies fibre optic broadband through separate cables to ADSL lines so is not dependant on the eir phone line network.

While Virgin Media can provide speeds much quicker than ADSL connections, its availability is also not as extensive.

Satellite broadband

People in very remote locations could choose a satellite broadband service if a telephone network or mobile connection is not possible. These types of connections are generally slower and less reliable than ADSL connections or fibre broadband and often come with a 24 month contract.

Speeds range from 2Mb up to 20Mb, with download limits going from 2Gbs up as far as unlimited. Satellite broadband is useful as it is available anywhere in Ireland and does not depend on cables / telephone lines.

If you don’t have a phone line, then satellite broadband might suit you, so be sure to have a look at our satellite broadband compare page.