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This is no joke. There are still Internet Service Providers (ISPs) out there offering free service. We’re going to look at a few ways to find totally free unlimited Internet access, legitimately and legally.

There are two routes to go here. You can go the WiFi route, which is far more popular and usually in the broadband range for speed. Or, you can go the dial-up route which is slower, however you can access it from the convenience of your own home or maybe from a hotel without WiFi 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Finders to Find Free Wi-Fi Spots Near You 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Finders to Find Free Wi-Fi Spots Near You Read More service.

It may be slower than molasses going uphill in winter, but beggars can’t be choosers.

All Free ISP

all-free-ispAll Free ISP has a simple way to access their database and find a service provider near you. A major benefit is that their database covers the United States of America as well as Canada. You are more likely to find free service in the U.S.A. than in Canada, so I was pleasantly surprised to find several providers in my home province of Alberta.

Just go to All Free ISP and select your State or Province. You can also search by ZIP or Postal Code. Then click on our friend, the Go button. I’m also partial to his cousins the Enter and Next button – really handy fellows, the whole bunch.


The website then shows you a page of free and cheap ISPs you can access from your area. Here’s what showed up for me.

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all-free-isp-2See how it breaks the list down into cities? That’s a nice touch. How about the rating system and letting you know what platforms are supported? Pretty nifty. From here, you can click on the name of an ISP and find out more about them. Let’s do that, shall we?

all-free-isp-3This just shows you a basic overview of the ISP. Really, do I need to explain this? No, exactly! That’s why I like this site. If you go to All Free ISP and follow through to this point, you’ll see that there is way more information than I’m showing here. Based on what they present, you can make an educated guess about whether you want to use this ISP or not.

At this point also, you realize that nothing is really free. If you choose Juno, you’ll be subjected to large banner ads for the privilege of using their service. No different than watching TV really.

Freedom List

freedomlist_logoYou might be living or travelling outside of the northern two-thirds of North America and be in need of dial-up service. Yes, believe it or not, there is more to the world than North America. I know, shocker isn’t it?! Freedom List offers a, well, list of free ISPs broken down by country. Just take a look! Pretty impressive, huh?

freedom-listSo, if your WiFi card is broken, or you just can’t sit at the cafe any longer, check Freedom List out.

Your ISP

Another place to check for free dial-up Internet access is your current ISP. Many of them offer you a certain amount of hours of dial-up access for free, if you have a paid broadband account. Some of them even have directories of dial-up numbers that you can use across the country or even internationally. If they have a dial-up number near to where you are staying, chances are you won’t even have to pay long distance fees.

The best way to find out if your ISP has free dial-up is to check out their website, or call their customer service number. Usually, they’re more than glad to help you. The hardest part will be trying to remember how to make a connection using a dial-up modem again. What was once second nature is now a chore.

Your Town or County

Municipal Internet Access or Municipal WiFi seems to be an on-again off-again project for most communities. While driving across the countryside of Alberta for my job, I’ve noticed my WiFi card picking up access points that are provided by the county. If I were a resident of that county, I could get an account and access the Internet for little to no cost. It’s provided for with my taxes.

Municipalities also often provide totally free, unlimited Internet access at locations such as the municipal offices, libraries and some schools. To find out more about what your community offers, contact your local government offices.

Editor’s note: Remember, there are always security issues when using a public internet connection. Karl teaches you how to protect your personal information Things To Know When Using a WiFi Hotspot Or a Public PC Things To Know When Using a WiFi Hotspot Or a Public PC Read More while enjoying free wifi connectivity.

Know of any other interesting ways to get legal free Internet access? Share it in the comments. We all like a freebie now and again. Got a tip on access being provided by your government? Let everyone know – it’s good to use the services you already pay for.

Image credit: andrewgrill

  1. Trevor Philips
    May 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    It is worst in Ghana. No free INTERNET connection.

  2. Bishal
    March 30, 2015 at 3:09 am

    I am in India
    I can't find it

  3. jack
    January 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    im in south africa what do i do

  4. 2leep
    January 1, 2010 at 8:36 am

    This Really is Obsolete now If im not wrong and the interruption rate is way too high

  5. Jay
    November 18, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    really ?

  6. James
    October 27, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Hummmm. Do you get email server for free too or just browsing?

    Ads? Not me. I never use the ISP home page because of all that crap they add on. I go right to Google and get a nice clean screen.

    I have Gnash installed too. With that anytime an add starts to load on a website you just right click it and it immediately goes blank. The downside is that you get notices that your flash player is not turned on but, with dialup, videos are pretty much out anyway.

    I'm content to pay a small amount to Earthlink each month. Hell I could get shed of computers period and save a lot of money yearly. but I have to have something to amuse and frustrate me in my well earned retirement and this is it.

    I used to hate MS for the way they loaded all their sites with Madison Avenue fillers. I learned to stay away from other people who wanted me to have my home page at their house.

    Puppy Linux realy does rock (as the kiddies of today say).


  7. James
    October 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the reply. I am a moderate who expects to pay my way in life so I don't expect free Internet access. Sure would be nice though if we in the countryside were treated the same as those in cities. That's my complaint about any "profit driven" industry these days.

    Let me clarify. Free access if it is unethical is not good. Free and OK with everyone is a different story. The second choice though I do not expect to find. Is WIFI simply "hitchhiking" on a service which is intended for others like those who stay at hotels? If it is then someone else parked nearby and connecting is not too cool I would think.

    What is the real deal here? WIFI is open to everyone? Someone has to pay don't they?



    • Guy McDowell
      October 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm

      This article doesn't have anything to do with WiFi really. It has to do with being able to get free dial-up Internet access. The companies provide it for no-cost to you since they usually also have a lot of ads bundled with their service. The ads show up in a frame either at the top or bottom of your browser and can't be turned off, usually.

      • Liddy
        January 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm

        Thanks! This is important to know. Always a catch 22. So unfair.

  8. James
    October 26, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Hey I resent your remark, "Beggars can't be choosers" above. Just because I live in a small town with no facilities does NOT make me a beggar. Someday, perhaps, telephone companies will think more of their responsibilities to people they are franchised to "serve" rather than ignore sparsely populated areas that do not provide any attractive profit for them. This is where the government comes in. By mandating that everyone be treated equally in this vital, yes vital, area of communications then perhaps our children will catch up to the rest of the industrialized world in academics. Yes folks, all you conservative know it alls, the USA is far behind the other countries of the free world, except in profits for the rich.

    • Guy McDowell
      October 26, 2009 at 8:04 am

      If you can get free Internet access like I talked about here, then you can get better paid dial-up as well. So, saying beggars can't be choosers doesn't apply to you. Unless you want the paid service for free as well.

  9. Daybrinjer
    June 26, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I prefer high speed, a little driving around never hurt me, I look for unencrypted WI-FI at businesses and then go in and buy something and sit with my laptop.

  10. Tyrone
    June 25, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for the article. Someday there will be an Internet emancipation, much as Abraham Lincoln emancipated people. Free the internet.

  11. Jason Doolittle
    June 25, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Wow, truly amazing dude. Very good resources indeed and most useful!


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