How to Get Internet Service Without Cable

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One of the main issues people face when deciding whether or not to cut the cord is that of how they’ll have access to the Internet from home if they cancel their cable TV subscription.

Since so many cable companies bundle Internet access with cable TV and landline phone subscriptions, it can sometimes be a challenge to find a company that offers Internet access only.

However, there are options out there. When our family moved from the city onto a hobby farm about 45 minutes out of the metropolitan area there was only one choice for cable. Being we’d decided to ditch the cable subscription after we moved, we were no longer interested in doing business with the one available provider.

Luckily there was a provider who would give us Internet access and landline phone access too (we wanted to keep our landline) without having to purchase a cable provider.

Best Ways to Get Internet Without Cable

These types of companies exist all over the country. Here is a list of some of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who will give you Internet access in your home without having to purchase a cable package.

1. FreedomPop

FreedomPop provides wireless Internet for users via a hotspot. A hotspot is a wireless access point available in a public location, but you can use them in your home too.

With the FreedomPop Internet service you can choose from a variety of plans to get Internet access. Here are the details on their different plans.

Basic Plan

FreedomPop’s basic plan is free – yes, it costs nothing. You get 500 MBs of data per month on this plan, and additional data is charged at $0.02 per mb. This plan allows access to the 4G network only. Not a lot of usage time here, but it is a legitimate way to get free internet.

Pro 500 Plan

The Pro 500 Plan offers the 500 MB of data per month, but at a charge of $3.99 per month. The difference between this and the basic plan? You get access to both 4G and 3G networks. Additional data is the same $0.02 per mb.

Premium 3GB Plan

This plan costs $28.99 per month and offers users 3GB of data and access to both 3G and 4G networks. Additional data costs $0.015 per mb.

Premium 4GB Plan

FreedomPop’s 4GB plan comes with 4GB of data, access to both the 3G and 4G networks, and costs $34.99 per month. Additional data costs the same $0.015 per mb.

Premium 5GB Plan

With this plan, you get 5GB of data for $39.99 per month, and access to both 3G and 4G networks. Additional data costs $0.015 per mb.

Premium 10GB Plan

This is FreedomPop’s biggest plan. For $74.99 per month you get 10GB of data accessible on both the 4G and 3G networks. Additional data costs the same $0.015 per mb.

Note: Some people (rightly) have concerns about hotspot security – hotspots can be a “hacker’s paradise” according to some. Check out this article on hotspot security for more information on protecting yourself when using a hotspot.

2. Google Fiber

Google Fiber provides Internet access to customers in cities around the U.S. and is steadily expanding.

They provide service in a variety of large cities including:

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Denver
  • Miami
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Boston

And more. Google Fiber plans and costs vary depending on which city you live in. As an example, in Kansas City you’d have a choice of five different Google Fiber Plans:

Fiber 100

The Fiber 100 plan costs $50 per month and provides up to 100 mbps of speed. You can use 5+ devices with this plan and there are no data caps. It takes about six minutes to download an entire HD movie with this plan.

Fiber 1000

The Fiber 1000 plan costs $70 per month and provides up to 1000 mbps of speed. You can use 10+ devices with this plan and downloading is much faster at 40 seconds for an entire HD movie. No data caps here either.

There are other Google Fiber plans in the Kansas City area, but they all come with TV subscriptions.

3. Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications is the company we use for ISP service. Their headquarters are based in New York City but they provide service to various parts of the country. For Internet service only you can choose from a few different plans.

Simply Broadband Core

The Simply Broadband Core plan costs $20 per month (with a 2-year agreement) and will give you Internet up to 6 Mbps and a free Wi-Fi router for 2 years. This is a good plan for light users.

Simply Internet Ultra

The Simply Internet Ultra plan costs $25 per month (with a 2-year agreement) and will give you Internet speeds up to 12 Mbps.  This plan is good for gamers and streamers who need more speed.

Simply Internet Elite

The Simply Internet Elite plan costs $35 per month (same 2-year agreement) and will give you Internet speeds up to 25 Mbps. This plan is best for high users who run multiple devices at the same time.

Note that with Frontier and all ISP providers, not all plans are available in all areas. If you live in a more rural area like we do you might be stuck with a lower Mbps plan depending on the type of equipment installed in your area.

For years because of our rural location we were stuck with the Core plan through Frontier, but got upgraded last year due to county-wide upgrades to the Ultra plan.

4. Verizon Fios

Verizon Fios Internet only service is currently available widely on the East Coast in states such as New York, Virginia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and a few more options.

Verizon Fios offers a couple of different plans as well.

The Verizon $39.99 Plan

This plan with Verizon costs, as you probably have guessed, $39.99 per month. You get up to 100 Mbps with this plan, which should be more than enough for avid users. This particular online exclusive deal is a 1-year commitment (or they have a 2-year commitment where they’ll waive the setup fee as well) and saves you $10 a month off of the regular price.

The Verizon $79.99 Plan

Verizon’s $79.99 plan will give you up to 940/880 Mbps of speed, and as a special offer at this writing, includes 1 free year of Netflix. As with the other plan, this is a 1-year commitment offer, however if you choose a 2-year commitment Verizon will waive the setup fee for you.

5. AT&T

AT&T has packages that include Internet and Direct TV, however they do have an Internet only plan. The Internet only plan AT&T offers cost $40 per month and provides Internet speeds of up to 50 Mbps.

AT&T internet is available in a variety of states currently, including:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Nevada
  • Texas
  • Michigan

And more. Contact them via the link above for more information.

6. Xfinity by Comcast

Comcast’s Xfinity Internet service is available in a variety of cities around the U.S. including the Minneapolis area, New York, San Francisco, Phoenix, Miami, Atlanta and more.

Their Internet service plans vary based on which area you live in. Here’s the scoop on the Minneapolis plan to give you an idea of what they have to offer. The plans and prices may be different in your area.

Performance Plus Internet

This is the only Xfinity Internet plan in the Minneapolis area that comes without a TV subscription.  It costs $29.99 per month, and you’ll get up to 60 mpbs of download speed for that price. You can use up to 5 devices at one time on this plan, and there may be additional data charges if you go over 1TB of data usage.

7. Century Link

Century Link Internet service is available in over 30 U.S. states currently, including:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington

And more. Although prices and plans can vary by state, Century Link does share their basic plans on their website. Here are the details.

Century Link 20 MBPS Plan

This plan offers speeds of up to 20mbps and costs $45 per month. This is a no-contract, price for life plan according to the site.

Century Link 40-80 MBPS Plan

This plan offers speeds of up to 80mbps and costs the same $45 per month if you can grab an online-only special like the one that is available as of this writing. If not, you’ll pay $55 per month for life, with no contract. Century Link says this is a great plan for online gamers and video chat aficionados.

Century Link 100-140 MBPS Plan

This plan offers up to 140 mbps and can support 10+ devices. The cost? $60 a month per life if you can nab an online special offer, otherwise it’s $65 per month. Again, no contract with this plan.

Lots to offer with Century Link if you can find these types of great specials in your area.

8. WOW Internet

WOW Internet offers service in parts of several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and South Carolina.

They have several Internet service plans available to choose from, but note that all plans may not be available in all areas. Here are their current plans in the Illinois area.

Internet 10

The Internet 10 plan provides up to 10 mbps of speed and costs $29.99 per month. This plan is best for single users with fewer devices, according to the site. This plan allows for an upload speed of 1 mbps.

As some perspective, the plan we have with Frontier gives us up to 12 mbps of speed (it’s our only option out here in the boonies, and this was a recent increase from 6 mbps if you can believe it). We can run more than one device at a time with this level of speed, but definitely not if one of the kids is gaming.

In that case, it’s surely a one-device-only situation.

Internet 100

With the Internet 100 plan you get up to 100 mbps of speed (a far-off dream in my neck of the woods) and it costs $39.99 per month. According to the site this plan will support up to three devices at a time with active users. The upload speed with this plan is 10 mbps.

Internet 500

The Internet 500 plan provides 500 mbps of speed and costs $59.99 per month. This is the plan WOW Internet suggests for gamers and homes with multiple users and streamers. Upload speed is 50 mbps with this plan.

Internet 1000

This is WOW Internet’s biggest plan. It provides 1000 mbps of speed and costs $79.99 per month. Upload speed is 50 mbps – same as with the Internet 500 plan. This package is suggested for large file sharing, power streaming and VR gaming.

Note that all of the WOW Internet plans do require 2-year contracts with the exception of the Internet 10 plan.

Lots to choose from with this rapidly expanding company.

9. DSL Extreme

DSL Extreme offers its TrueStream Internet service packages in a variety of states including parts of California, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina and more.

This company has nine different Internet service packages to choose from. I’m not going to outline all of them in this post, but I will hit on some that seem to target the majority of users.

TrueStream Plus 1.5

This plan offers 1.5 mbps of speed and costs $22.95 per month. Upload speed is 384 kbps. This means it could take you as long as 3+ hours to download a movie.

TrueStream Pro 3.0

The TrueStream 3.0 plan offers up to 3.0 mbps of speed and costs $27.95 per month. The upload speed with this plan is 512 kbps. It will “only” take an hour and a half or so to download a movie with this plan.

TrueStream Max 12

Now we’re getting somewhere. This plan offers up to 12 mbps of speed for $37.95 per month. Upload speed is 1 mbps and you can download an entire movie in less than half an hour with this plan.

TrueStream Max Turbo

This plan offers up to 24 mbps of speed and costs $52.95 per month. The upload speed is 3 mbps, and you can download most movies in about 12 minutes with this plan.

TrueStream Power Plus 75

This is the biggest plan DSL Extreme offers, and it comes with 75 mbps of speed. Cost? $92.95 per month. Upload speed is 8 mbps. You can download most movies in under 4 minutes with this plan.

As I mentioned there are a few other plans sprinkled in with their offerings as well. Note that all plans are not available in all areas, and that all of the DSL Extreme plans do require contracts to be signed and agreed to.


Luckily, we live in a time where we no longer have to be tied to a cable subscription to get Internet service. Save yourself some cash by using one of the ISPs mentioned here today, and cut the cord for good!

Have you tried any of the Internet-only service providers listed above? If so, what was your experience? Share in the comments below.


13 responses to “How to Get Internet Service Without Cable”

  1. Mike says:

    I’m so excited for Google Fiber to be available where I live!

  2. Bob says:

    My friend is a WW2 vet age 95 and needs lowest cost internet with MBPS around 10. Is there a low cost government sponsored plan in the $10-20 per month range?

    • Deacon says:

      You might give FreedomPop a try through the link in the article. Also, AT&T has an option that might work.

    • Kathy says:

      Xfinity has a plan called Internet Essentials. It is $12.99 a month…but it is not wireless.

      • Deacon says:

        Thank you for mentioning that, Kathy! Here are two options to choose from depending on the qualifications: for Veterans or for Seniors. I hope one works for him. Also I think the price might be $9.99, but I would definitely check to make sure there are no hidden fees and read the terms carefully as well as following the other suggestions in our post.

  3. Olga LeBeau says:

    What is the best for my area in Pegram, TN? I was using Hughes network and it was horrible. After 2 years, finally my contract is finished. I’m looking for a internet that will let me stream and send emails! Our family uses Netflix and Hulu a lot. What internet will allow me to use Netflix?

    • Deacon says:

      The best way to find out whether any of the providers we listed will service your area is to check with them. You can try looking on their websites or contacting them directly by email or phone. As to whether or not they will work with Netflix and Hulu, again, you will need to double check with each one. That way you won’t end up in a long contract again with a service provider that isn’t giving you what you want. I would advise you to ask about all extra fees before you agree to anything. That way you have no surprises when your bill comes!

  4. Christine says:

    I’m in Long Island and I need WiFi. My old tenant moved and we shared the cable. I’m moving soon, but not sure when. I need WiFi. I don’t know how to get it and if I need a modem or anything if I get something cheap. Help.

    • Deacon says:

      I would check with whichever company or site you are interested in. They should be able to tell you exactly what you need ahead of time, such as a router, etc. Some of them might provide this with your package, others may sell it separately (which might cost more than getting it on your own, so be sure to ask before agreeing to anything!).

  5. Steve A. LaVerdiere says:

    Is there a way to access the internet from any area, including mountain and ocean areas, via satellite connection? If so, what kind of plans might be available?

    • Deacon says:

      Yes, you could look at the plans available through Dish or HughesNet. Since prices and plan options can change frequently, I would go to those sites to check them out. 🙂

  6. Stanley Shupe says:

    There’s nothing in my area. Cable companies are hosing everybody. They are the only two in town and they must meet and fix prices. Do you have any ideas? I was thinking if someone just had an unlimited mobile hotspot, that would work.

    • Deacon says:

      It might. We have a post about hotspots that might help you. At least one of the companies listed in it offers unlimited data. Be sure to check it out.

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