Editor’s Note: This post is a story submitted by a customer of Manpower Movers in San Diego, CA. Manpower Movers is one of the premier local movers in San Diego and Orange County.
You made sure to pack Dexter’s favorite bunny and Ashley’s favorite cereal. You remembered to label every single box that was moved from your old home to your new home. You even mapped out a route to the new school from your house. But did you remember to set up your Internet connection? Even if you had the foresight to call up to a month in advance for an installation time and date that is convenient for you (“We will be there between 4am and 4pm”), you may not have a working Internet connection right away. Here are some sneaky places to get an Internet connection when you’re high and dry.
Starbucks. Luckily, a few years ago Starbucks made their WiFi free of charge. It seems they realized how ridiculous it is to make a customer pay $5 for a latte and $10 an hour for an Internet connection. Their coffee is decent, but many other coffee shops were offering free Internet. The great thing about Starbucks is that they are practically on every street corner now, and odds are there is one within 5 miles of your new house.
The Mall. Another place you might not think of to visit is your local shopping center. Food Courts often offer free WiFi, so if you dare bring your laptop to the mall, you can sit in (relative peace) and perform research on your new neighborhood. Another spot for WiFi is near the Apple store, where dozens of laptops and other devices are connected to the Internet for you to log into your email account and send chain emails to your heart’s content.
The Library. The only tricky bit about relying on the library for Internet is that with budget cuts, many libraries have sparse hours. And since you don’t have the (duh) Internet to double-check the hours they are open, you may need to conduct a drive by to check out their hours.
Your neighbors. This isn’t an especially reliable way to access Internet, but there’s always a chance that at least one of your neighbors doesn’t have a secure Internet connection. Using someone else’s connection isn’t a good long-term idea, but it can get you through the days (or weeks) when you are without connection to the outside world.
We don’t recommend you make a lifestyle of being an Internet vagrant, but this can perhaps get you through the wilderness. Eventually, though, you will need to bite the bullet and start paying for wireless Internet. When you do, you will probably never live your zero-bandwidth lifestyle again…at least until the next time you move.