What Is a Verizon Dry Loop?

by Shea Laverty

Verizon is perhaps best known for providing wireless service for cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices. They also offer other services, including landline phone and high-speed DSL internet. Verizon's internet service is available bundled with landline, but can also be purchased as a stand-alone service, known as dry-loop DSL.


DSL stands for digital subscriber line. DSL is a form of high-speed internet that transfers data over a regular phone line, but offers higher speeds than traditional dial-up internet. DSL Internet connects require no additional equipment other than an existing phone line, and doesn't interfere with calls like dial-up Internet. Because of its use of the phone system, most telephone service providers offer DSL services.

Dry-Loop DSL

Dry-loop DSL, also sometimes referred to as "naked" DSL, is DSL service without landline service attached. While many DSL services are used as part of a bundle with landline phone service, dry-loop offers an alternative for those looking simply for Internet and nothing more. These services can be provided, even without landline service, because DSL connections don't require a dial-tone.

Verizon High-Speed Internet

Verizon offers its subscribers the ability to purchase DSL services, with a land line and without. Adding DSL service to land lines is referred to as "Stand-alone service" according to a Verizon press release, while landline free services are offered as "dry-loop." Both services are available without an annual contract, in two tiers of quality and pricing. Ordering online will also earn customers a $5 on their monthly service. All prices, services and discounts described are reflective of Verizon policy as of publication.

Stand-Alone Pricing

For customers looking to add a 500 Kbps to 1.0 Mbps DSL line to their existing landline service, a monthly charge of $19.99 is added to their existing statement. This drops to $14.99 if the service is ordered online. For 1.1 to 1.3 Mbps, 3.1 to 3.7 Mbps or 7.1 to 7.15 Mbps service, the price is $34.99, or $29.99 if ordered online.

Dry-Loop Pricing

Customers looking to start dry-loop DSL service at 500 Kbps to 1.0 Mbps can expect a monthly bill of $29.99, or $24.99 if ordered online. When staring dry-loop service at 1.1 to 1.3 Mbps, 3.1 to 3.7 Mbps, or 7.1 to 7.15 Mbps, customers can expect to pay $44.99 a month, or $39.99 a month if ordered online.