Do I need a Fixed Phone Line for home Internet?

  [DELETED] 13:39 21 Mar 2006

Hi all, a REALLY simple question. Do I need a fixed phone line to have broadband internet at home? I have read a few websites and there seem to be a few conflicting opinions. I think the only way this is possible is if I pick up someone elses Wireless Network but obviously this is not the way I would like to proceed.

Are there any ISP's who provide a line & Internet service not exceeding £15 per month, and without the need to subscribe to NTL or other cable services ?

Thanks in advance.

  [DELETED] 13:55 21 Mar 2006

its illegal to connect to someone's private wireless network without there express permission, clasified as hacking and can carry a prison term.

as for getting broadband with phoneline as well for £15 or less and not using a cable company, don't think you will have any luck there unless one of the other forum members know of such a thing, sorry.

  [DELETED] 14:00 21 Mar 2006

This thread MAY help click here but I think that phone line rental AND internet for £15.00 are still in the realms of "I wish".

  [DELETED] 14:05 21 Mar 2006

of course you need a land line! thats how broadband is run through your telephone line.

  [DELETED] 14:05 21 Mar 2006

I saw on the news a few days ago that in various cities some organisations are trying to allow such access by wifi.

  [DELETED] 14:17 21 Mar 2006

Thanks Medicine Man, the Wifi was the cause of my confusion and I was aware that it WAS possible, just not sure if the technology was available to home users.

  Stuartli 14:36 21 Mar 2006

Public wi-fi access is becoming more and more common and many Intel Centrino Mobile based machines find sources automatically. Some info:

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  [DELETED] 14:41 21 Mar 2006

Even with wifi you still need a provider,so you can access the net,and the price of these vary.

  [DELETED] 14:51 21 Mar 2006

Harpur - you DON'T have to have a fixed telephone line to have high speed Internet. Many specialist ISP's offer 1 Mb Internet via Satellite and this can be 2 way (ie both download and upload are through satellite) or 1 way where download is from the Satellite and upload is from a phone (usually GPRS mobile phone but it can be a landline when High Speed Internet isn't available over the landline).

2 way is not cheap to buy into or run but 1 way isn't that much more expensive than many Broadband services.

I've used 1 way (with GPRS) when I'm travelling around Europe and it works quite well. It's also available from the West of Ireland to Pakistan from the same satellite so you can go most places and still get the service.

  [DELETED] 15:08 21 Mar 2006

Thanks for your reply. I have read of the GPRS services, such as Vodafone. Are they expensive? I would expect to use the Internet 3-4 times per week for approx. an hour each time.

  woodchip 15:29 21 Mar 2006

You cannot get something for nothing, only by stealing

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