If you want broadband, you'll need an active phone connection, which not every home or apartment has. In such circumstances, you will need to have a new line placed. Fortunately, when you move to one of their contracts, internet and phone companies may arrange for an engineer to come out. They'll check that there's enough space in your property for the equipment needed to provide broadband, and if there isn't, they'll tell you.
You can also ask your ISP to put in a data port so you can connect yourself. But most don't do this because it costs money and they like to keep their customers happy. It's also important to note that some areas are very sparse on data ports, so don't expect to be able to connect yourself if you live in one of these areas.
Finally, you can always buy a second-hand modem but these are expensive. You might be able to find one on eBay or other online sites but make sure it's not broken/old before you buy it.
Nowadays, almost all homes have a telephone socket inside them. This is where the telephone line comes into your house - usually from the street outside through an underground conduit. If you look at your wall plate or housing, there should be a label with numbers on it. This is your local exchange area.
Because ADSL broadband is offered through a phone line, you'll need a landline to use the internet, even if you don't want or need one for phone calls. Upgrading to a fiber broadband connection may really be less expensive. Either way, there's no cost associated with having a landline for broadband - they're usually included in your monthly service fee.
If you already have a landline at home, it's probably okay to keep it. However, if you want to be able to use voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype, Google Voice, or Apple's FaceTime, then you'll need to get a separate phone line installed along with your broadband connection.
ADSL and cable broadband providers typically offer discounts to people who want to keep their existing landlines instead of getting new ones installed. You may also be able to get away with using a digital subscriber loop (DSL) modem with your cell phone if you use it primarily for voice communications.
If you don't have a landline and don't want to get one, many broadband providers will sell you a special device called an analog telephone adapter (ATA) that connects online for a few dollars per month. These days, most people use smartphones and tablets for making voice connections, so this option isn't very useful anymore.
There is no requirement for a phone connection; simply utilize coax cable. A Cat5/6 cable connects the router and modem. A coaxial or phone line is connected to the modem. A telephone should not be required to activate or set up internet service. If you want to be able to make calls through your computer, however, then you will need to get a voice over IP (VoIP) phone.
You don't need a phone connection to obtain Internet access. In reality, most cable companies provide Internet access by connecting a coaxial cable connection to a particular cable modem. The cable modem may convert the cable signal into an Ethernet signal, which can then be connected to a port on your computer. Several devices can be connected to a single cable modem.
Cable modems are built into the wall at your house or apartment building. They connect to your television cable and allow you to browse the web, check email, etc. using data that's transmitted over the cable from one end of town to the other. Cable modems were originally used for this purpose but they now have other features as well. For example, some include Wi-Fi capability so you can log onto the Internet from any room in your home. Others allow you to watch digital movies on your TV set.
Cable modems work best if you live in an area with many other people who also have cable modems. Otherwise, you'll experience lots of delays while your request goes out across the network and comes back.
There are several ways to be disconnected from the phone company's network. You may not know it, but your current phone service could be causing problems for someone else's cable service too! The two services operate in very close proximity to each other and sometimes conflict when one service wants to use a telephone number that another service has assigned to itself.
All EE basic and fibre internet plans require a landline, for which you will be charged line rental. However, because EE charges for calls on a pay-as-you-go basis (unless you sign up for a call plan), you won't have to pay for calls if you don't use your home phone. You can check the call rates for your service at any time by calling 0800 100 500.
If you want to get rid of your landline you can sign up to one of many bundled phone services that offer cheap calls and a discount on your bill. For example, O2 offers a £15 credit when you buy a three-year bundle deal. Alternatively, if you're only going to make local calls, then a number of voice over internet protocol (VOIP) providers offer packages with very low rates. For example, Fon's Global SIM card costs £20 and gives you 400 minutes of talk time across 40 countries. There are also smartphone apps that let you make VOIP calls using your data connection instead.
The choice of bundles and services is huge, but if you do some research you should find something that suits your needs. Do note that some of these deals may not be available in all markets, however.
In conclusion, yes, free broadband requires a phone line.
Cable modems may connect to the Internet. The cable company provides all the equipment needed to connect your home to the Internet.
However, most people do need a way to call outside their house using the Internet. This is called "broadband telephony" or "voice over internet protocol (VoIP)". Your cable modem should have a built-in voice card that you can use with any standard telephone. If it doesn't, there are several companies that offer standalone broadband telephones that plug into an available jack on your wall. These devices communicate with your cable modem just like a traditional telephone does, but instead of calling people outside your house, they can call people inside your house who have computers with wireless connectivity (such as laptops) and voice chat software such as Skype or Yahoo! Messenger.
In addition to providing VoIP service, some cable modems allow you to watch television on your computer. This feature is called "cable surfing" and requires a box called a "set-top box" to be installed in your home between your cable modem and your TV. The set-top box connects to the cable company's server and requests programs to watch. It can also receive email messages and make calls.