Do I Need a Home Phone for DSL?

DSL Internet connection is a technology that uses a phone line for access to the Internet. Therefore, it is necessary to have a phone line/jack in your home. However, you don’t need to pay for phone service if you don’t want it.

How does DSL work?

Regular DSL uses the phone lines in your home to provide Internet service. In order to allow simultaneous phone and Internet usage, DSL uses a piece of equipment called a “splitter” to separate the two services. This lets you use both your Internet and phone services at the same time without needing to disconnect one.

Naked DSL

Naked DSL is DSL Internet service that does not include home phone service. This means that you still access the Internet through the phone jack, but you do not have the splitter that allows you to use both services.

If you want the Internet but not a home phone, Naked DSL is just that: DSL without a phone line activated. If you decide later you need a phone it is sometimes possible to get a splitter to use both or use other phone service technologies.

Home phone benefits

Although many customers don’t see the need for home phone service with the rise of cell phones, there are still benefits to having a landline. Here are some reasons why you would benefit from having a home phone.

  • Cell phone service can be unreliable and batteries die easily.
  • Children can easily use a home phone to reach you or authorities.
  • When you dial 911 on your cell phone, the dispatchers could receive a location up to 14 blocks away. With a home phone, they are sent to your exact address.
  • If you want to set up a home security system, you need a home phone line.

Additionally, most Internet and phone service providers offer lower bundle prices for getting both services, as opposed to a single service plan.