ADSL2+ connections are necessary for Naked DSL
If you want an ADSL connection, but don’t need a landline telephone, you can’t get a Naked DSL service on an ADSL1 connection. You need ADSL2+ broadband.
In this modern era of mobile phones, a lot of people would like to have a fast broadband connection at home, but without needing a landline telephone. This type of connection is called Naked DSL, and it runs on a landline’s copper wire in the ground, however, you don’t need to pay for a phone bill. The problem is you can only get this service where ADSL2+ broadband is available. Naked DSL does not work on an ADSL1 connection.
In Australia, until the National Broadband Network’s fibre optic cable network has been laid (if Labor wins the impending election), the best type of broadband available to the home is ADSL2+ broadband. This is because it is stable, fast, you get lots of download data, and most importantly, it’s relatively cheap because of intense competition in the industry.
However, ADSL2+ is usually only available in metropolitan areas, as it costs each Internet Service Provider (ISP) a large amount of money to enable the service at a telephone exchange. The ISPs only put their ADSL2+ equipment into phone exchanges where the surrounding population is dense enough to recoup expenses.
This means if you were hoping to get a fast Naked DSL broadband connection without a landline phone and related phone bill, if only ADSL1 is available in your location, you will not be able to get the service. If you live in an outer suburb, regional, or rural area where only ADSL1 is available, you will have to have an active landline telephone to receive a broadband connection.
Naked DSL (and Naked fibre optic) look to be the future of broadband internet, as phone calls can be made over the internet via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Any calls you would like to make outside of normal mobile phone usage can be done at incredibly cheap prices over your broadband connection. This is especially pertinent for people who would like to make a lot of international phone calls.
Currently, all you need to make VoIP calls is a VoIP-enabled ADSL or ADSL2+ modem in which you plug your telephone handset into. There are also specially made VoIP telephones like iiNet’s BoB device, and VoIP services like Engin who are separate from that of your Internet Service Provider.