Internet access doesn’t have to be costly. In fact, it can even be free under the right circumstances. We’re not talking about stealing; there are actual legal means of getting free Internet on your laptop or phone.
How to Get Free Internet at Home
The simplest way to receive free Internet at home is to borrow from your neighbors — with their permission of course. It might be unfair to expect them to allow you unrestricted access all day long, but consider asking them for their Wi-Fi password if you occasionally need to hop online in an emergency.
If you’re too shy to ask your neighbors for their password or aren’t on the best terms with them, don’t worry; you can still find free Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in your area. Websites such as All Free ISP and Freedom List contain search tools that let you locate free ISP services by city.
There are also ISPs that allocate small amounts of dial-up access per household each month, though you’ll have to contact the providers in your area to see if you’re covered. Another option is to contact your cable provider. They sometimes include free Wi-Fi hotspots with their subscription services.
You can even transfer Internet from your phone to your laptop. Some providers, like T-Mobile, offer plans that include unlimited wireless data transfer from your smartphone to your computer. Unlike a typical Wi-Fi hotspot, there’s no cap and you can actually transfer the data. You’re paying for the data on your phone, but transferring it to your laptop allows you to have Internet in your home without paying for another service.
If you have a Blackberry, you can use it as a makeshift modem using Bluetooth to get free Internet on your laptop as well.
As tempting as it may seem, stealing free Wi-Fi from neighbors who leave their accounts unprotected is not recommended. Not only is it stealing, but it could also open you up to hackers and viruses that’ll infect your computer and gain access to private information.
How to Get Free Internet on Your Phone
Smartphone users can often find free Wi-Fi at cafes, restaurants, libraries, and other public places in their cities. Some cities are attempting to implement widespread free Wi-Fi around public parks and other popular areas.
Apps like Instabridge allow you to share Wi-Fi passwords and access with your friends or even strangers in your neighborhood, so you can connect through your phone whenever you’re within reach of a hotspot.
There are perfectly good options available for people interested in free Internet, but don’t expect a miracle. The speeds will most likely be lower than what you might expect if you’re paying for Internet. If you decide to seek out free Internet access, it’s important to look for secure connections that are also legal.