Hi! My name is Dave, and below is original piece I wrote about getting Internet service without phone service (Dry Loop) from ATT. I wrote it in March of 2008. But now we’re into 2016, so I thought I would update all my AT&T articles by streamlining the pricing points here at the top and put my original articles down below.
Dry Loop is still available depending on WHERE you live. But they have lots of services and they come in different packages and price points-and it gets really, really cheap, if you also have the phone service or tv. But right NOW, they’re offering all High Speed Internet packages at reduced rates. And in some cases no annual contract, so you get the first 6 months at a reduced price.
There are a few ways to get DSL, and this is the way it USED to be;
1. ATT DSL Internet ONLY (dry)
2. ATT DSL Internet with phone service
3. ATT U-verse Internet ONLY (dry)
4. ATT U-verse Internet Bundled with another service/s
Ok, let’s say you want the NO Phone and that’s something you can do pretty easily. Here’s just a few or the current deals I pulled off their website.
When you think about it the prices are pretty damn good. You can get megs for low bucks.
Now let’s talk about the U-verse type of internet, you can get it by itself (dry loop) mix and match some of the other ATT services.
And despite some comical anti-bundle commercials out there it IS U-verse is a good deal if you’re bundling with something else like phone service and/or TV. So let’s say you get two of their services, then you get a pretty low cost and in some cases on of their pretty good stuff at no cost that make the deal even better.
For instance right now they are giving out for different kinds of “wireless device” that you can pick from (only 1). And I can’t actually tell you the NAME of the things, but I can show you a picture.
So one more time, here’s the link for the U-verse…
Check this out. When I upgraded to 3mb my speed got crazy, look at these fire hose speeds!
Your new Gateway router/modem looks like some kind of Sniper Kit.
So let’s do a little quick review on the DRY LOOP thing.
- Ok, “ATT DSL Direct” is the current name so just do your best to forget any other names you might have known it by.
- Dry Loop means DSL withOUT the phone service. Just plain high speed internet with no dial tone. A lot of people are confused and think you “get dry loop” with your phone service. Nope. You get Dry Loop INSTEAD of phone service. Either you want phone service and DSL or you want DSL by itself. Right?
- You can also get ATT phone service with Dry Loop. And it’s probably possible to have phone service from one company and Dry Loop internet from ATT. I wouldn’t really recommend it because of the technical complications. But I use AT&T DSL with an internet phone service and think it’s a good deal; 20 dollar phone from MagicJack
- The PRICES IF YOU ORDER ONLINE (meaning, if you CALL you might not get the same offers since those 2 ATT departments compete with each other) of Dry Loop (also called Naked DSL sometimes). Normally you’d have to pay way more and to get faster speeds. It’s not available in every state you can click here to check.
- U-verse in an entirely different technology. Basically fiber optics instead of the old, expensive copper lines. And that’s why it’s so much faster, and barely cost that much more.
So when you look at these DSL prices you’ve got to remember in MOST of the country it’s hard to get DSL without the phone service and when you can get it’s VERY, VERY expensive and if you check around you’ll see. So ATT has DSL with the phone service and they’ve got DSL without the phone service, and the price is a tiny bit more. But think about it; it’s way lower than cable.
Here’s the original article I wrote
I mentioned that I was getting rid of my ATT phone line based DSL service that involved having a telephone number in favor of their NEW phone-line-free service called Dry Loop (remember, at this time, it”s not particularly well known). Today I got it so I want to tell you a few things to watch out for and what to keep an eye out for. The first thing is to try to get all the steps taken care of at once.
When I called the DSL department I could tell in 30 seconds my customer representative was going to have problems since she barely understood what I was talking about, and wasn’t sure of prices or how it would be installed. I offered to hang up and call back but she REALLY wanted “to do her job” so I agreed with the full knowledge that I’d calling back to fix whatever mistakes were about to be put in place. See what needs to happen (if you have a phone line from ATT and DSL service already) is that line has to be cut off 24 hours in advance of the new DSL only service being turned on. You’re starting from scratch actually because they took my Social Security number to run a credit report. And I hate frivolous credit report checks because they lower your score .
So what you want to do is talk to one competent person that can do all the steps at once. Because the way I was originally setup, I was told the service would start on the 24 and I would have to call at least 24 hours in advance to turn off my current phone service and DSL. A couple of days later I looked at a calendar and saw the 23rd was a Sunday, and there was no way that was going to happen. That meant I had to change the turn on date for the 25th or before the weekend altogether. If you have phone service and you’ve decided you don’t want it from ATT anymore.
* Disconnect the current line
* Disconnect the current DSL
* Start the new Dry Loop< So when I DID call back I got all that packaged up as one thing so I didn’t need to call the day before and all that. OK, Today is the 25 and my internet and phone went off yesterday around 10AM. And that’s one miserable day without internet radio. I can live without the email, or even the blog checking but the music is my thing man! Anyway. Get this call today around 11AM from a ATT tech telling me he’s here. And I’m like what, “this wasn’t supposed to be a home visit, I’m glad I’m here.” So verify when you set this up for yourself. Now, I should mention that around 10AM this morning the internet went on and when I checked the modem login page 192.168.0.1 I could see 384kb up and down, so I resigned myself to having to call and go through all the stuff I mentioned in my series about getting this service set up in the first place. But I couldn’t log in.
I expected I would have to go through the whole process of getting my 1.5mb, but since the guy was there I was like, cool, let’s take care of it now. So he did some stuff and I went back in and saw I still couldn’t log in and therefore get online but I could see my speed was now 768kb download. I went back out and the tech guy said he didn’t think my line could take the full 1.5mb. And I said, well why would they sell it to me. The whole point of asking my address when I signed up was to see my distance from the office. By the way; with cable your speed is determined by how many people are on the network connection you’re sharing, and with DSL your speed is determined by your distance from the originating signal . So he said at 768 my failure rate was 30% and I said well, just turn me up to 1.5 and tell me what you see. He saw a 80% failure rate, and so just like I told the last guy, I said turn me up. If it fails I’ll call and have it turned down.
Went back inside called the office, they said I could use the same login, but it hadn’t yet registered me and by 8pm I would be able to get online, but it should actually happen in maybe an hour. Around 2 hours later, still no connection. So I called back. This guy gave me the login and password of ATT and I got in and connected, and registered online. I had tried the registration CD they give out, but it didn’t work. Probably because it uses you phone number for the process, and when you get this Naked DSL package you no longer have a phone number but they give you a 10 digit account number that emulates a phone number . So I got registered online, had to restart my browser and the modem a few times and FINALLY TODAY I’M BACK ONLINE.
Folks the price right now is CRAZY, all you need to get MagicJack phone service working with a fast connection. And just to be upfront; I do receive compensation from ATT and Magicjack for recommending their services. But as you can see, I really like AND use the products.