7 Ways to Get Free Internet

As you may know from my previous post, I am currently living without internet and will continue to do so as long as I am living in London; until I find some place to move to or decide to jet off to Hong Kong…

Wifi Sticker
Free Wifi Sticker

So I have found a few tips on getting free internet during my stay in the capital. Here is my list of 7 ways to get free internet:

  1. Visit a friend’s house for an online gaming session: If they are a good friend they wouldn’t mind you coming over and leeching their internet for an afternoon or evening. I’ve been hopping to my friends’ houses to play League of Legends with them and update apps on my phone while I’m at it hehehe.
  2. Use the internet while at work: You can use the work internet freely during your lunch break or after work hours as long as it it allowed. Don’t forget to use the incognito browser if you don’t want the IT department to know your browsing and search history! If you’re able to get hold of the wireless password then you can also connect via a phone or iPad.
  3. Browse the internet while you’re at the station: Many underground stations in London are now WiFi enabled, check here for information on what stations are equipped with free WiFi courtesy of Virgin Media.
  4. Go to your local library All libraries have computers connected to the internet that they offer library members. Just register for a card and ask the librarian their protocol for using the free internet.
  5. Invest in a cashback mobile contract: Many phone contracts have cashback deals where a large sum of money in the form of a cheque is returned back to you after a few months time; this is only if you send off your invoice within the time period given. Some of these cashback contracts render the phone contract free and therefore you will receive a free phone, contract and free mobile internet. Feel free to Skype to your heart’s content!
  6. Find an internet connection available near you: Some people tether their mobile phones which others can connect to. There are also some people who forget to save a password on their wireless internet which you may be able to use if you are able to connect to it.
  7. Go grab a coffee or a small snack: There are many cafes and also Mc Donalds restaurants that provide patrons with free WiFi; this may sometimes be limited by 20 minutes or by creating a free account. This also includes various bars. Look out for the WiFi sticker on their window or door.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it may help you, should you be visiting the city or are without internet access at home like me.

If you have any other suggestions please feel free to comment!

-Keki xoxo

Living Without the Internet

I’ve been without the internet at home for over six months. This began when I moved out from home and started living with three other people. Many of my friends have asked me, “how do you do it?” Or “how do you survive?” But I just have and still am.

I understand how important it is to have the internet in this day and age, what with all the social media platforms and everything accessible on your mobile phone. However, I found that without unlimited internet, I have more free time to do things which I’ve never done before, completed unfinished projects and gone out to explore more! In these 7 months I’ve managed to pick up a little Spanish in some evening classes, started learning Tae Kwon Do to work some exercise into my life, baked a lot more, increased my catalogue of films with a Cineworld card, plus made a lot more little crafts in my spare time.

Although I say I live without internet, this is only specifically at home, I do have access to it on my phone bundle and also at work; so I’m not entirely without the intermanets :) (How else did you expect me to blog this?) So I wouldn’t know what it would be like to have no internet at all!

I do crave it now and then. Sometimes to search for something on Google, watch a video on YouTube when I’m bored, look up the answer to an argument, research facts/people/celebrities, download songs or even recipes. When I have mobile data it’s easy for me to do these things, but I’ve managed to use up all my data streaming episodes of ‘The New Normal’. I’ve been using the internet at work ever since, but the long Easter weekend just went by so I technically was internet-free for 4 whole days! I just had lazy days watching DVDs indoors; managed to finish Season One of New Girl and Arrested Development!

My instagram suffered – my daily photos now has a massive gap in it, so I’ve failed my new years start to a personal 365 day instagram project :( Some other inconveniences and cons for having no internet include, my friends having a big conversation on whatsapp without me (imagine walking into a conversation late and missing all the action), getting invited to go to an event via whatsapp which I never received (although it was cancelled shortly after), not keeping up to date with the world via twitter and Facebook (found out people gave birth and I had no clue, plus friends have gone on holiday to Japan! Jealous!) I also rely a lot on Facebook notifying me of friend’s birthdays… I know, I’m terrible. Anyway, we rely on the internet a lot, I believe I still do but I’ve learnt to use it wisely, efficiently and adapt to a life without it. I’ve also managed to find ways to get free internet to use which is helpful!

Would you be able to stop using the internet or handle a limited usage?

-Keki

Living in London

It’s been 6 months since I’ve moved to London. I’ve settled onto my new job and my new home. I’ve gotten to know my housemates a little more and vice versa. I’ve learnt to make quick dinners and look after myself so I don’t fall ill; although it is hard to when your colleagues are prone to be I’ll everyday…

Becoming a Londoner is quite scary, the people in London aren’t so much as friendly as those from the village I come from. If you greet a stranger in the morning you may be given looks or that they might start stalking you- this has happened to me. There are some who will say “hi” back but in such a busy city, no one has time for you. However there are some exceptions.

On the other side, there is a lot more to do so I’ve started to sign up for more new things to do such as learning Spanish, going to the cinema a lot more and starting Tae Kwon Do. I thought this would make my evenings more eventful and so I wouldn’t be cooped up inside the house. I also don’t have internet installed but have found it okay so far. It really isn’t convenient in this day and age and means you would need to go back to phoning friends and family more rather than using Skype but I’m managing and haven’t found it dire that I seriously need the internet. Many of my friends think I’m mad and ask how i cope, I believe it’s due to the fact that I have internet at work and on my mobile so I’m not 100% internet-deprived. Maybe when I have a place of my own and know for sure that I will be staying for a long time I will install it.

Have you started anything new for the new year? Would you have been able to cope without internet if you lived out? Let me know in the comments below!

-Keki

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