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Wish there was a way to get it free?
Believe it or not, there are still ways to get completely free internet access from almost anywhere.
And no, we’re not talking about a hack or some illegal way of getting free internet. We’re talking about completely free and legal ways one can get online.
1. Check out Connect to Compete
The first option is for low-income families.
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has a program known as Connect to Compete (which has partnered with EveryoneOn.org) that is trying to bring internet connection to disadvantaged communities.
Here, I’ll let them explain their purpose:
Connect to Compete is a national private and nonprofit sector partnership created to increase broadband adoption and digital literacy training in disadvantaged communities throughout the United States. The initiative is designed to help residents improve outcomes in education, health, and employment through broadband opportunities and technology solutions.
Through this program, you can get internet access for free or very cheap.
The availability of it is subject to factors such as location, availability of funds, and the applicant’s income level.
You can use the site to find offers for cheap or free internet (and computer or laptop) in your area.
Here is how:
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- Visit everyoneon.org.
- Enter your zip code in the box next to the “Find Offers” tab.
- From the list of available offers pick one and click on “View Offer” to get more details like contact and eligibility info.
2. Use FreedomePop
The second option on the list is Freedompop.
Here is how it works:
- They’ll send you a small wireless access point.
- Turn the device on whenever you want to get online.
- Browse the web for as long as you need to.
The best part is that you can use the wireless access point on any device – laptop, desktop, phone, iPad… In fact, you can connect up to 10 devices using that one access point.
Now, to ensure these devices are returned to them when the time comes, they do ask for a deposit.
They have a few options from $49 to $189 depending on the device(s) you want to use.
And yes, you will get your money back if you send the access point device back within a year. If you don’t send it back, you won’t get the money back.
3. Check out All Free ISP
As we mentioned earlier, there are still companies that provide free or very cheap internet.
But finding them isn’t always easy.
That’s where All Free ISP comes in.
It allows you to find free or cheap internet providers in your area quickly and easily.
Here is how you can use it:
- Visit All-Free-ISP.com
- Choose your state from the drop-down menu or enter your zip code on the right site.
- The site will then search its database and display a list of providers in your area.
- Click on any of them to get the details you need to contact the service providers to set you up.
What I like about this site is that it breaks down the list by cities. And it gives you all the necessary information for each particular ISP and the corresponding services.
4. Your Internet Service Provider (if you don’t mind Dial-up!)
A lot of people don’t know this, but most Internet service providers still bundle in free dial-up access with all their paid plans.
For this to work, though, you will have to have some kind of paid subscription with them.
You can call your ISP to find out whether they do offer free dial-up.
5. Get 10 hours free internet each month
There are two companies that offer totally free internet, NetZero (yes, they are still around!) and Juno.
This is not broadband obviously, it’s the good ‘ol slow dial-up.
Both plans have two downsides:
- They display ads in your browser.
- You are limited to 10 hours per month.
But hey, it’s free!
Visit netzero.com/free to find out more.
If you want to try Juno’s version, then visit juno.com/free
Be sure to bookmark this page as we will periodically update this post whenever we find other organizations and Internet Service Providers that offer free internet access.