Basic-Internet.com is an internet service provider that offers low-cost, high-speed internet services to help bridge the digital divide. Its website says, “We look to close the digital literacy gap by providing affordable Internet service & computers to low income families.” Basic-Internet.com uses the T-Mobile network and provides Internet services throughout the United States and Canada wherever that network is available. It offers two plans: One for $10 per month and another, more robust plan for $20 per month.
To be absolutely honest, these are not our favorite low-income Internet plans, because they cost more and give you less than many other plans from other companies, but if nothing else is available in your area, they’re better than nothing.
Two Basic-Internet.com plans
Basic-Internet.com offers two different plans depending on how much data you use. Here’s a brief description of both plans.
The Starter Plan
$10 per month (plus taxes)
You’re allowed 1.2 GB data per month at 4G speed. If you exceed the allotted data in any billing cycle, your service will throttle down to a slower speed then reset to the higher speed again at the beginning of the next billing cycle.
Here’s something to pay attention to. The company warns that “Movie streaming is not recommended for the 1.2GB plan, as it may cause users to exceed the total allocated monthly 4G data allowance, causing service to throttle down to slower speeds until the next month when the data allowance resets.”
And then there are some costs you won’t be required to pay with any other low-income Internet plan. A set-up fee of $73.23 to be exact. They’ll charge you $39 for a hotspot, $20 for shipping, $10 for the first month of the plan, and another $4.23 in taxes.
Like we said, it’s better than nothing, but it doesn’t cost nothing.
The Starter Plus Plan
$20 per month (plus taxes)
You’re allowed 3.2 GB data per month at 4G speed. If you exceed the allotted data in any billing cycle, the service will throttle down to a slower speed then reset to the higher speed again at the beginning of the next billing cycle.
The upfront cost? $84.13 which includes a hotspot for $39, shipping of $20, the first month of the plan for $20 and taxes of $5.13.
How to qualify for Basic-Internet.com
This is very good news. Anyone can qualify. To repeat, anyone. Unlike many of the other low-cost Internet plans, you do not need to participate in any other government assistance to qualify for Basic-Internet.com.
Like we said, it may cost a little more and it may be a little slower than all the others, but qualification is much simpler.
In fact, the only thing you need to qualify is the $73.23 or $84.13 in your checking account to pay the upfront costs.
How to enroll with Basic-Internet.com
If the Basic-Internet.com plan sounds like something that would work for you (and we urge you to check the other low-income plans available), here’s how to get in touch and get started.
Where you can get Basic-Internet.com
Basic-Internet.com uses the T-Mobile network, so its broadband service may be available in these cities and states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
ALABAMA – Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa
ARKANSAS – Fayetteville, Little Rock
ARIZONA – Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tucson, Yuma
CALIFORNIA – Anaheim, Antioch, Bakersfield, Bell Gardens, Berkeley, Burbank, Carlsbad, Chico, Chula Vista, Clovis, Compton, Concord, Corona, Costa Mesa, Daly City, Downey, El Cajon, El Monte, Elk Grove, Escondido, Fairfield, Fontana, Fremont, Fresno, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Glendale, Hawthorne, Hayward, Hemet, Hesperia, Huntington Beach, Inglewood, Irvine, La Puente, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Madera, Merced, Mission Viejo, Modesto, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Napa, North Hollywood, Norwalk, Oakland, Oceanside, Ontario, Orange, Oxnard, Pacoima, Palmdale, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Perris, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Redding, Redwood City, Rialto, Riverside, Roseville, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San José, San Leandro, San Mateo, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa, Simi Valley, South Gate, Stockton, Sunnyvale, Sylmar, Temecula, Torrance, Tracy, Vacaville, Vallejo, Van Nuys, Ventura, Victorville, Visalia, Vista, West Covina, Westminster, Whittier
COLORADO – Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Denver, Englewood, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, Littleton, Longmont, Pueblo
CONNECTICUT – Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury
DELAWARE – Newark, Wilmington
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – Washington, DC
FLORIDA – Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Bradenton, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Jacksonville, Jupiter, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Lakeland, Largo, Melbourne, Miami, Miami Beach, Naples, New Port Richey, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Panama City, Pensacola, Pompano Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Saint Augustine, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota, Spring Hill, Tallahassee, Tampa, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, Winter Haven
GEORGIA – Acworth, Albany, Alpharetta, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Cumming, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, Lithonia, Macon, Marietta, Mcdonough, Norcross, Roswell, Savannah, Stone Mountain, Valdosta
HAWAII – Honolulu
IDAHO – Boise, Idaho Falls, Nampa
IOWA – Des Moines
ILLINOIS – Aurora, Belleville, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elgin, Joliet, Naperville, Peoria, Plainfield, Rockford, Springfield, Waukegan
INDIANA – Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie, South Bend, Terre Haute
KANSAS – Kansas City, Lawrence, Olathe, Overland Park, Topeka, Wichita
KENTUCKY – Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville
LOUISIANA – Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, Shreveport
MASSACHUSETTS – Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Quincy, Springfield, Worcester
MARYLAND – Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Columbia, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown, Hyattsville, Laurel, Rockville, Silver Spring
MICHIGAN – Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Canton, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Livonia, Muskegon, Rochester, Saginaw, Sterling Heights, Warren, Ypsilanti
MINNESOTA – Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester, Saint Paul
MISSOURI – Ballwin, Columbia, Florissant, Independence, Kansas City, Lees Summit, OFallon, Saint Charles, Saint Louis, Springfield
MISSISSIPPI – Jackson
NORTH CAROLINA – Asheville, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, High Point, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Manchester
NEW JERSEY – Edison, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Lakewood, Newark, Paterson, Toms River, Trenton
NEW MEXICO – Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe
NEVADA – Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Reno, Sparks
NEW YORK – Albany, Astoria, Bronx, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Corona, Elmhurst, Flushing, Jamaica, New York, Ridgewood, Rochester, Schenectady, Staten Island, Syracuse, Woodside, Yonkers
OHIO – Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Hamilton, Mansfield, Springfield, Toledo, Youngstown
OKLAHOMA – Broken Arrow, Edmond, Lawton, Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa
OREGON – Beaverton, Bend, Eugene, Hillsboro, Portland, Salem
PENNSYLVANIA – Allentown, Bethlehem, Erie, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Scranton, West Chester, York
PUERTO RICO – Bayamon, Caguas, Carolina, Guaynabo, Mayaguez, Ponce, San Juan
RHODE ISLAND – Providence
SOUTH CAROLINA – Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Lexington, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Summerville
TENNESSEE – Chattanooga, Clarksville, Franklin, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville
TEXAS – Abilene, Allen, Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Baytown, Beaumont, Brownsville, Bryan, Carrollton, College Station, Conroe, Corpus Christi, Cypress, Dallas, Denton, Edinburg, El Paso, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Houston, Humble, Irving, Katy, Keller, Killeen, Laredo, Lewisville, Longview, Lubbock, McAllen, Mckinney, Mesquite, Midland, Mission, Missouri City, Odessa, Pasadena, Pearland, Plano, Richardson, Richmond, Round Rock, San Angelo, San Antonio, Spring, Sugar Land, Tyler, Waco, Wichita Falls
UTAH – Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, Sandy, West Jordan
VIRGINIA – Alexandria, Arlington, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Henrico, Lynchburg, Manassas, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond, Roanoke, Springfield, Virginia Beach, Woodbridge
WASHINGTON – Auburn, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Everett, Federal Way, Kennewick, Kent, Lynnwood, Olympia, Puyallup, Renton, Seattle, Spokane, WATacoma, Vancouver, Yakima
WISCONSIN – Appleton, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha