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    Preliminary information

    As I have already mentioned to you during the introductory jokes of this guide, the need to have the Internet without a telephone line can arise mainly from two factors: the first, the most common one, is the aptitude to use the mobile phone to make most of the calls (also thanks to the excellent offers rich in voice traffic, now more and more frequent), limiting to a minimum - or, sometimes, even to zero - the use of the classic "landline" to make phone calls.



    The second factor, alas more painful, concerns, instead, the total absence of the telephone infrastructure in the place where you live or work: when this happens, subscribe to a subscription that includes an ADSL or fiber optic Internet connection (with related item line) is physically impossible, at least until the necessary area systems are built. In this case, it is essential to obtain an "Internet only" line through an alternative method to the classic copper / optical fiber cable, which could be, for example, a connection radio or a link of type satellite. Then there would also be the solution fiber optic mixed radio, which is becoming increasingly popular in some areas.

    Therefore, as you have noticed yourself, the scenarios in which it could be convenient (or necessary) to subscribe to an Internet plan without an attached voice line are different. Nowadays, there are at least three different ways to achieve this: subscribe to a Internet-only phone plan, rely on one radio connection with kit or 4G key, or use a satellite Internet connection. Below I will illustrate, in a summary but exhaustive manner, the details relating to each of these types of connection.

    Internet-only phone plan


    In this mode, the connection to the network is offered through the "classic" terrestrial infrastructure, based entirely on copper cables (in the case ofADSL), on mixed copper + glass fiber optic cables (in the case of VDSL, ie connections with FTTC or VULA technology, commonly referred to as "fiber") or on fiber optic cables (connections FTTB, FTTH e GPON, commonly referred to as "optical fiber"). The major national fixed-line telephony operators (TIM, Vodafone, Fastweb, Infostrada, etc.), in this case, offer the user the possibility of subscribing to a subscription including unlimited internet connection e voice line completely disabled (or, in some cases, usable on consumption).


    It is undoubtedly the easiest form of Internet subscription without a telephone to obtain, install and manage, as well as affordable: for a relatively low price, in most cases the data traffic is unlimited. However, this is an option that is not applicable in areas not reached by suitable network infrastructure.

    Connection via radio waves / 4G

    This type of communication takes place via radio waves, therefore, without the need for a terrestrial infrastructure that reaches the structure of interest: the service manager makes available to the 4G repeaters (very similar to those used for the provision of cellular connectivity via SIM), to which the subscriber can connect via an internal receiver (such as a 4G key or an indoor router) or a combination of external receiver (an external router, possibly assisted by a special antenna) e router/access point interno. In most cases, it is necessary to install a dedicated SIM inside the connection device, whether internal or external.


    In more recent times, connections are also spreading FWA o Fiber-Mixed Radio. In this case the optical fiber reaches the Radio Base Station and the final section travels on the LTE / LTE Advanced mobile network.

    Therefore, it is easy to understand that the data transmission and reception techniques are quite similar to those dedicated to the classic 3G / 4G connections available via voice + data SIM, albeit more optimized due to the different reception apparatus.

    Numerous fixed and mobile telephone operators (TIM, Vodafone and Tre, for example) offer Internet services with a 4G key or indoor mini-router; other suppliers of this type, such as Linkem and Eolo, make it possible to obtain the same service using, however, a series of slightly more complex reception devices, which may require the intervention of a specialized installer.


    The connections via radio / 4G are often available where the terrestrial infrastructure on copper / fiber is lacking, however it is always recommended to carry out a coverage check before even signing up for a subscription, to verify that the repeaters of the chosen operator are available in area.

    In some cases, operators might do not offer unlimited data traffic during the daytime hours e prevent P2P traffic (to avoid congestion phenomena), abolishing however the limits in those at night; the costs are generally in line with those of the terrestrial “Internet only” offers, or slightly lower.

    Finally, it is imperative to specify that, due to their nature, radio connections could undergo weather conditions on average more incisively than terrestrial ones.


    Satellite connection

    The operation of the Internet connection via satellite is quite similar to that foreseen for the reception of the television signal, and consists of three fundamental elements: satellites themselves, the ground stations and parable.

    Let me explain: around the Earth, over 35.000 km away from the surface, one rotates constellation of satellites which transmits the Internet signal to our planet, using a specific type of waves.

    On the terrestrial soil, are then scattered a series of ground stations (i NOC, centers for network operations), which deal both with transmitting requests for content coming from the satellite to the network servers, and performing the reverse operation (transmitting the responses from the servers to the satellites). To take advantage of this type of connection, it is essential to install a parable on the home or office concerned, a dish that deals with interacting with the NOCs through the signals in transit through the satellites themselves.

    So, in practice, once the service provider has been chosen, this will send an authorized technician, who will install the dish in the best possible position, subsequently connecting it to the internal modem via cable, so as to provide connectivity. inside the home / office.


    This solution is applicable in most areas "uncovered" by terrestrial network infrastructures and has a great advantage over wireless systems based on radio waves. In fact, wireless radio wave systems work through a domestic antenna (usually installed on the roof of the house, on the balcony or terrace) that receives the signal from the base stations and, therefore, to have an optimal signal coverage there must be full visibility between the home antenna and the station. In the case of the satellite connection, however, the "base station" is located in the sky and, therefore, the signal coverage is always guaranteed.

    There are, however, some small disadvantages to be taken into consideration: the first concerns the latency, that is, the infamous ping. The signal relating to a single request via satellite connection, in fact, must travel over extremely high distances (over 70.000 km, round trip), with a path that undoubtedly takes longer than what happens for other types of connection, and this increases latency. However, latency is not a big problem, except for those who use the internet for gaming, where it could give limitations to the game.

    In addition, satellite connections can suffer weather conditions adverse, albeit to a limited extent. Just think of what happens with satellite TV (which works with a satellite dish and a signal similar to that of the Internet): interruptions due to bad weather can exist, but sporadically and of usually short duration.

    As far as data traffic is concerned, however, there are no problems: now there are solutions without Giga limits that allow you to reach speeds of up to 50Mbps in download. I'll tell you about it in more detail in one of the following chapters of this post.

    Summing up, we can therefore say that satellite connections are perhaps not ideal for those who need extremely low pings (e.g. gamers or those who interact with software that process large amounts of information in real time), while they can prove to be the solution. optimal for those who live in areas not reached by the classic ADSL and Fiber networks.

    How to have the Internet without a telephone line

    Now that you have all the theoretical knowledge you need on the subject, it's time to move on to practice and understand how to have the Internet without a telephone line, taking a look at the subscription plans made available by industry service providers. Below I am going to provide you with a series of useful information in the selection phase, divided by type of connection, then referring you to the in-depth information that best suits your needs.

    "Internet only" telephone offers

    The services of ADSL / Fiber do they reach the area where you live perfectly? In this case, you can opt for a cable subscription, which includes unlimited Internet browsing and excludes voice line (although most of the time this is included for free or as per the offers I am about to list).

    Quickly, this type of connection takes place via a modem / router, also provided on loan for use by the operator, which must be connected directly to the home telephone socket. Virtually all national fixed telephony operators (TIM, Vodafone, Fastweb, WINDTRE, etc.) offer plans dedicated only to Internet browsing, with prices that are around 25-30 euros / month.

    I have explained to you in detail the best offers for Internet without a telephone line in my dedicated in-depth study: remember to carry out a coverage check, before making any type of subscription, to verify that the services of the operator you have chosen are present in your area and, if so, evaluate whether or not the services offered are suitable for you. Below you will list some that may be right for you.

    • Super Fibra TEAM / Super Mega TEAM / ADSL Super TEAM - includes connection up to 1 Gbps in download, up to 200 or 100 Mbps in download or up to 20 Mbps in download (depending on the technology available), calls at 19 cents / minute + 19 cents. connection fee (which become free for 48 months, then 5 euros / month, if the offer is subscribed online) and the TIMVISION service. It is possible to combine the modem at 5 euros / month for 48 months or pay it in a single solution (240 euros one-off). The activation costs 240 euros, and it is possible to pay it in 24 monthly installments of 10 euros each (it is free in promotional periods). If you withdraw from the offer in advance, you have to pay the remaining installments regarding the activation and the modem. Furthermore, I would like to point out the possibility of including the following additional packages in the offer: Disney world, which at 4,99 euros / month offers viewing of the contents of Disney + and TIMVISION Plus; Google Nest Hub, which at 1 euro / month for 48 months allows you to receive the Google device for controlling demotics e TIM Unique, which allows you to make unlimited the GB present on your SIM TIM and on that of your family members.
    • Vodafone Internet Unlimited - this offer includes unlimited Internet connection up to 1 Gbps in download and 200 Mbps in upload, telephone calls to all national fixed and mobile numbers + Vodafone Ready, the Vodafone Station modem, Vodafone TV and the Safe Network Plus service for first three months (then it is automatically deactivated). I would like to point out that it is possible to subscribe to the offer even without the extra services just mentioned, which saves on the fee. Activation costs 1 euro for 24 months and is included in the fee. In case of activation of a new telephone line, payment of an additional contribution of 1 euro for 48 months is required and there is a contractual obligation of 24 months. If you withdraw in advance, you must pay 28 euros for the deactivation and, if the activation fee is paid in installments or if you withdraw from the ancillary services before 48 months, Vodafone also requires the payment in one installment of the installment amounts due. . In case of migration to another operator or in case of termination of the line, a penalty of 28 euros must also be paid.
    • WINDTRE Super Fibra Unlimited / Internet 200 / 100 / 20 Unlimited - includes Internet connection up to 1 Gbps in download, up to 200 or 100 Mbps in download or up to 20 Mbps in download (based on the technology available in the area) + unlimited and free calls to all national fixed and mobile numbers and to landlines in Western Europe, the United States and Canada. The offer also includes the Wi-Fi modem at 5,99 euros / month (already included in the subscription fee) + 12 months of Amazon Prime with Amazon Prime Video and unlimited Giga on your WINDTRE SIM thanks to the UNLIMITED GIGA option. Activation is free, but a contribution of 99 euros is required, which can be paid in installments at 3,99 euros for 24 months, if the FTTH version is activated in the White Areas. By withdrawing from the contract in advance, payment of the remaining installments of the modem eventually purchased is required, to which a penalty equal to a subscription fee must be added.
    • Fastweb House - includes unlimited Internet connection up to 1 Gbps in download, unlimited and free calls to all national fixed and mobile numbers, as well as modems, activation and assistance included. The offer does not include contractual obligations, but in case of deactivation beyond 30 days from the signing of the contract, you have to pay 29,95 euros. Also know that after the first year of subscription the monthly fee may increase (depending on the period in which the contract was signed).

    Internet offers on radio signal with 4G kit / key

    If it is your interest to subscribe to a subscription plan that provides for surfing the Internet via radio / 4G signal, then this is the section of the tutorial that suits you best.

    As I explained earlier, this type of connection is offered in a practically identical way to what happens for the most popular connections via SIM and smartphone / tablet. The difference, in this case, is due to the reception apparatus: the most well-known mobile telephone operators (such as TIM, Vodafone, WINDTRE, for example), allow to obtain SIM data only to be used within 4G keys or small portable routers, which can be purchased or obtained on loan for use.

    Some of these plans have unlimited traffic and vary in pricing based on what's included in the bundle. If it is your interest to rely on such a solution, I recommend that you carefully read my specific article dedicated to the best Internet offers with a 4G key, in which I have explained the topic in great detail. Below, however, you will find listed some of these offers.

    • TIM TOP 5G Unlimited - at 39,99 euro / month and includes unlimited GB in 5G, unlimited calls to all 250 minutes of calls per month to foreign countries and EU and non-EU roaming included. Activation is free. More info here.
    • Vodafone Infinito Black Edition - it costs 39,99 euro / month if you opt for payment by card or current account or 59,99 euro / month if you decide to pay with the remaining credit and includes unlimited minutes, SMS and GB in 5G + 1000 minutes outside the EU, 5 GB and 500 minutes of roaming outside the EU. Activation costs 31 euros, in promotion at 5 euros if you use top-ups for 575 euros. More info here.
    • WINDTRE Unlimited - includes unlimited minutes, SMS and GB in 5G a 29,99 euro / month. In case of purchase of a new SIM you are required to pay 10 euros, while for activation you have to pay 49,99 euros, to be paid in 24 installments. Activation is often discounted or free for new customers, as long as the offer remains active for 24 months (otherwise you are required to pay the remaining part relating to it). More info here.

    Clearly, if you activate one of the aforementioned offers, 5G navigation is guaranteed only in the event of actual coverage in the area in which you are located and only if you have a device capable of exploiting it.

    If, on the other hand, you are more interested in a specific solution for home / home, which includes unlimited Internet traffic and a reception system consisting of external modem / antenna in combination with router/access point interno, then I suggest you take a look at the solutions made available by Linkem or from Aeolus, both providers of Internet connectivity on 4G radio waves: I told you about it in detail in my tutorials dedicated to Linkem offers and Eolo's Internet plans.

    Also in this case, do not forget to carry out a coverage check before even subscribing to any subscription, in order to avoid expenses associated with practically unusable services. Below you will list a couple of offers made by the providers just mentioned.

    • Aeolus more - includes connection up to 30 Mbps in download and up to 3 Mbps in upload and unlimited and free calls to national landlines and mobiles at 24,90 euro / month. Usually the modem is included in the offer fee, but when it is paid it costs 2 euros / month or 5 euros / month, depending on the model chosen. In some cases it may be necessary to incur installation costs (which are often zeroed). If you withdraw in advance, for the uninstallation of the equipment, you have to pay 54,90 euros in the case of a wireless connection and 24,90 euros in the case of FTTH optical fiber. More info here.
    • Linkem Without Limits - this offer allows you to have a connection up to 30 Mega in download and costs 26,90 euro / month (in some periods the offer costs 19,90 euro / month for the first year). The activation cost of the offer is 100 euros, which is often on account at 49 euros (12,25 euros / month). The device is provided on loan for use and can be both indoor and outdoor. In case of withdrawal, the equipment received must be returned, so as not to pay the penalty of 100 euros for each device not returned. In case of withdrawal, you have to pay 23,40 euros for the deactivation and, in case of withdrawal before 24 months, you must also pay any discounts you have used. More info here.

    Furthermore, I would like to point out that some of the "main" operators are also gearing up to guarantee the connection with FWA technology. TIM, for example, has the TIM Super FWA offer in its price list, which costs 24,90 euro / month (o 29,90 euro / month in non-promotional periods) and allows you to have unlimited Internet connection with speeds up to 30 Mbps in download and 3 Mbps in upload and, at 2 euros / month more, it also includes unlimited calls to everyone. The modem is provided on a free loan and can be used both internally and externally (in this second you have to pay 99 euros, to be paid in a single solution or in 24 monthly installments of 4,13 euros, for installation ). Activation costs 240 euros, to be paid in 24 monthly installments of 10 euros each (for new customers) and 192 euros in 24 installments of 8 euros each for existing customers. You can cancel at any time by paying a deactivation fee of 25 euros. The first month of subscription also includes Dinsey + (which then becomes paid and costs 4,99 euros / month more). More info here.

    Satellite Internet offers

    If you live in a countryside, sea, hill or even very inaccessible area and, by necessity, you have decided to subscribe to an Internet plan via satellite connection, then I think I have the information that is right for you.

    In summary, to take advantage of the connection to the Network via satellite you will need asatellite dish and a compatible modem, generally made available for purchase, or on loan for use, by the reference service provider. The installation is carried out by a specialized technician, who takes care of choosing the best position for the antenna and of procuring any additional material needed (by applying a possible surcharge based on the type of material).

    Unlike what we have seen so far, most satellite subscriptions are not stipulated directly with the infrastructure provider, but you have to rely on authorized distributors available on national soil. At the time of writing, the most convenient options are certainly those made available by Open Sky: a company that from May 2018 became part of bigblu broadband, the largest European group specializing in the fight against the digital divide, and since December 2018 has become Preferred Partner of Eutelsat, the largest satellite operator specializing in Internet via satellite.

    Below I will list the ones that, at the time of writing, are the most interesting Open Sky offers and that allow you to surf without limits with a peak speed of 50Mbps.

    • Bronze Unlimited - allows you to take advantage of an unlimited connection at the maximum speed of 16 Mbps in download starting from 32 euro / month.
    • Silver Unlimited - offers an unlimited connection at the maximum speed of 30 Mbps in download and starts from 42 euro / month.
    • Gold Unlimited - offers an unlimited connection at the maximum speed of 50 Mbps in download and starts from 75 euro / month.

    In case of congestion of the satellite spot due to heavy traffic, bandwidth limitation mechanisms may be applied. The offers have an activation cost of 59 euros and can be combined with the rental of a satellite kit, which starts at 5 euros / month. The costs for deactivating the service amount to 40 euros. If you want to know more, visit the Open Sky website.

    Article created in collaboration with Open Sky.

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