What’s the best way to access the Internet immediately in an emergency?

Stefan Yas May 27, 2013
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If found in an emergency and in need of immediate Internet access and the only tool available is your mobile phone with no WiFi access and no unlimited data transfer plan (which can get really expensive depending on your provider, and it is in my case) is there a way you can get online with no costs? How long would it work if there is a way? Also, I often find myself with no WiFi hotspots nearby and my laptop has no Internet access point that way. With Bluetooth built in, I can use my mobile phone (Sony Ericsson W810i) as a modem. Thanks!

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  1. Joses Lemmuela
    June 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Based on your description of "emergency", and with the premise that you don't want to pay much for data, you don't want to buy the tools to prepare for the emergency(including a new phone), and you just want "Long-term free internet, anywhere, anytime," there probably isn't. Legally, anyway.

    • Stefan Yas
      June 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

      It's what I was aiming for. Thanks.

  2. Eian Ampoloquio
    June 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Hmmm.. what your asking for is very demanding which, i would ask myself also. :) Well.. here in our country, some network providers gives free access to facebook and twitter depends on the mobile phone you using. you just need to tweak something to get access or there's an address you need to go to. Or how about downloading Opera Mini? Have you heard about this? if your phone is capable of downloading or installing this browser you can browse the internet for FREE. I haven't tried it myself because my phone is not capable of it right now, but i heard from other people that it's good. they really can access the internet without spending anything. I hope what i said here helps..

    • Stefan Yas
      June 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

      In my description I gave the explorers that I've been using on my phone. A s you can see, Opera Mini is listed. Yeah, I've heard about free WAP thing with Opera Mini, it's only that you have to modify some java script based on your ISP. So, I have no idea how to do that.

  3. Patrick J
    June 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Also, there might not be any free internet hotspots around depending on your country. In that case, shell out some money and do what I stated above or rush towards a cafe! Maybe they provide you with a free hotspot!

    • Stefan Yas
      June 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

      It's a solution, yeah. I actually had a situation where I was near airport and there were no buses or taxis, or any cars that would stop to take me to the airport. So, in lack of the ability to make a call to a taxi or someone to drive me there, I was in a need for Internet where there was no WiFi or similar. Thanks for the response. :)

  4. Patrick J
    June 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Well, the best bet is to get a portable WiFi router. Most of them these days are quite inexpensive at the cost of around $6 and support 3G SIM cards. Get a suitable data plan from your cellular provider or get a separate mobile connection! Use that to conncect to the internet in emergency situations.

  5. Paul Vi
    June 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Don't know where you live but can't you dial an emergency line like 911? In most countries you can call those numbers for free.

    • Stefan Yas
      June 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      It's not a question of life-or-death emergency, I gave a few examples in the upper replies. The question is still unresolved and it would be nice if we could focus our answers on the question at hand, not the emergency, cause it doesn't have to be one, but it's the best way to describe the situation to have "emergency" Internet access without WiFi.

    • Paul Vi
      June 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Well first of all you called it an "Emergency" so how do you want us to take it?, second it looks like there's no emergency at all all you want is free internet, so I guess you have better luck searching somewhere else, and third if you want to "focus" why don't you focus on getting a job and paying for the services you need?

    • Stefan Yas
      June 6, 2013 at 12:12 am

      An emergency is the example of the situation you would need an immediate access to the Internet, given the examples needed, my hypothesis of an emergency is coherent. "...second it looks like there’s no emergency at all all you want is free internet..." - there is an emergency (again, following the examples needed) - judging by your answer, you haven't given me any reason to think that you have even read them, even less have an argument against the actual examples of the emergencies; "...so I guess you have better luck searching somewhere else,(...)" - my question is legitimate because, apparently, the moderators of this blog find it interesting and constructive, which is the exact function of it and your lack of solution goes to show that this discussion is not contributable to finding it. Your third argument goes with no constructive critique yet again - you're superficially judging a person you don't even know judging by the assumed nature of the question which, in my opinion, is pretty original, constructive and interesting: I give several reasons: given the country's policies, network provider's offers (the discussed data plans etc.), the economy (of which you assume that I have no job with no proof implying it and no need to imply it, because even if all this had no other purpose than "free Internet" I would find it pretty useful. To make an extra analogy (just to be clear), why don't you work at the 7/11 voluntarily to pay off free WiFi spots I assume your're using?).

    • Paul Vi
      June 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Blah, blah, blah, all you want is free internet and you must be unemployed if you can't afford a modest data plan.

      By the way do you think asking how to hack a carrier network is interesting and constructive? all you want is free stuff and there's nothing free in this world, my advice Get a JOB! kid.

    • Stefan Yas
      June 29, 2013 at 8:48 am

      "blah, blah, blah" is an argument? All I want is a solution to a described problem :)
      By the way, yes! Free stuff's great and actually - get out in a park, there's free WiFi. :)
      "Get a JOB! kid." - got that covered in my previous response.

  6. Mike D
    May 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I have a iphone if I am out with my laptop and my web stick goes out, I just use the hot spot on my iphone my laptop pick it up and I continues to work.

    • Stefan Yas
      June 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I have a mobile with no WiFi, as described in the question. Sony Ericsson W810i is the model.

  7. null
    May 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Say that someone you were talking to on the phone about a relative being taken to the hospital in an emergency...you drop your phone, breaking it. You know that your relative has Facebook on their phone, so if you could just get on the internet real quick you could message them to see where your relative was being taken.

  8. Jim Chambers
    May 29, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Sounds like a very strange emergency, when you need free long term internet access.

    • Stefan Yas
      June 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Long term would be perfect, thanks. As of the emergency - there are a few given by myself in the previous replies, and emergencies can happen, vary and be pretty specific. This is a long term solution for every type of an emergency.

  9. Rob H
    May 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    "And how does one hack into one’s cellular network?"
    In most countries that is illegal. This is not a hackers bulletin board.

    • Stefan Yas
      June 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

      It's a make use of bulletin board. I would define use as modifying to your own personal needs, so make something more useful.

  10. Alan Wade
    May 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Please do give us an example of an 'ermergency' that requires an instant and free access to the net, I am really curious.

    • Stefan Yas
      June 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I gave it in the previous reply, here it is again - lacking a proper caller plan (which is also my case), or your bill is already too high, or your phone won't make calls due to a operating system failure, or your phone is physically damaged - e.g. the mic/speaker/a button is irreparable at that certain moment of an emergency (the answer or "make a call" button).

  11. Chris Marcoe
    May 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Can you not jsut call 911? What type of emergency are we talking about? why are you needing to get on the web during an emergency as opposed to calling police/fire/medical?

    • Justin Pot
      May 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      I need LOLcats, stat!

      Jokes aside, I agree with the consensus here: I'm not sure what OP is looking for. Pay for a data plan and it might work in an emergency, but for the most part the phone is going to be more reliable.

    • Stefan Yas
      June 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

      I don't get what a hypothesis of an emergency has to do with the question, which is quite simple - is there a way you can get online with no costs on your mobile phone with no WiFi access for a limited or indefinite time? But, in need of a situation, imagine lacking a proper caller plan (which is also my case), or your bill is already too high, or your phone won't make calls due to a operating system failure, or your phone is physically damaged - e.g. the mic/speaker/a button is irreparable at that certain moment of an emergency (the answer or "make a call" button).

  12. ha14
    May 28, 2013 at 10:58 am
    • Stefan Yas
      June 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Bit pricey for a free thing.. hmh.

  13. Avinash Mali
    May 28, 2013 at 6:38 am

    using your same sony ericsson mobile hack into your cellular network, most of the time proxies work and you don't need to pay for the internet usage..

    • Stefan Yas
      May 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

      And how does one hack into one's cellular network? Do you just change the proxy in the settings? And what proxy should I put instead of the original (my provider's) one? What I assume is that every provider has a special procedure of hacking due to different settings etc. Can you think of a guide or a website that explains that? Thank you!

    • Avinash Mali
      May 29, 2013 at 5:09 am

      First of all you need to find out a cellular network provider which allows you to connect to internet connection even at nil balance. Once you are done connect likewise, and use proxies and manual DNS accordingly to access internet.
      Note: It's trial and error method, you will not be able to hack in first shot.
      Once you are in, you are forever in
      :-)

    • Stefan Yas
      June 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Again, I'm not an expert, I would appreciate a few guidelines - on what principle does the trial and error work? Any tutorial on that?

  14. Rob H
    May 28, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Not quite clear what you are hoping for.

    You have a phone with no WiFi capability and GPRS/EDGE data (expensive data contract)

    You have a Laptop with WiFi but where there's no WiFi signal you have to use the mobile as a modem (expensive data contract)

    You don't like paying so much for data. Sounds to me as if the solution is a second SIM with a better data contract.

    The only other possibilitiies I can think of are reducing your traffic. Can you keep local copies of stuff you might otherwise fetch from the internet? Could you use an image blocker when browsing the web (example https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/image-block/)?

    • Stefan Yas
      May 28, 2013 at 7:27 am

      What I was hoping for is the exact thing I asked - free Internet access through mobile for some or indefinite time. I wasn't sure if I could get that and how and I wouldn't be asking the question if the only possible solution was getting a backup SIM card with a more adequate data transfer plan.
      And, as of your other possibility - the reducing of traffic - I think that there are data compressors that come built in with VPNs or something like that, but I don't see the use of VPN on a mobile phone of this generation (again, Sony Ericsson w810i). Thanks for your response!

  15. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 28, 2013 at 1:34 am

    In India we have a 3G Data Plan for mobile for 1GB data with 30 days validity. After the 1GB is spent, the speed then gets capped to 128kbps but though it is a slow connection, it runs for within the validity period. So it is kind of unlimited package. It costs me only US$ 3.6 per month. Can be very useful in a situation like yours of emergency call.

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