Right now, Egyptian citizens are being subjected to yet another internet blackout and, this time, according to experts it is the worst one ever, with more than 90% of their networks unavailable. However, this hasn’t stopped intrepid citizens finding other ways to get online and we’ve compiled a list of 20 different ways to try accessing the internet in Egypt.
20 Ways to Get Online in Egypt :
- Use Noor Group Network. This seems to be the one ISP that has not been blocked, still showing all routes open and live. The numbers are 0777 7776 or 07777 666.
- Use Your Mobile Phone or a Dial-Up Modem. While you cant call your local ISP, you can get around this by calling an international number and connecting to the internet that way. Twitter lists plenty of international numbers to try. Also, you can find full instructions on Manalaa.net on connecting using your mobile phone. Many Egyptian home phones do not have the capability of calling international numbers but mobiles do. However, you should only use this system when you need to because it can work out expensive. Maintain caution when you use this system – unless you use a Tor client of some description, your communication can be still be tapped into.
- Use Ham Radio. This may be incredibly low-tech but it works. Many ham radio activists are reporting that they are getting Morse code signals from Egypt, proving that the system works well. The website for the software is http://www.hamsphere.com and the frequency is 050-7.200 MHz LSB
- Use Google’s Speak-to-Tweet Service. This was launched to make it possible for Egyptians to continue tweeting by calling one of three numbers and leaving a voicemail that will be posted as their tweet. The numbers are +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855.
- Use a Tor bridge. The address to go to is 129.67.78:443 04FD6AE46E95F1E46B5264528C48EA84DB10CAC4
- Use an Old DSL Dial-up. This is still in existence and the number to call is 24564600
- Send SMS Reports. If you can send an SMS report to +1 949 209 7559, your message will be retweeted for you
- Use Proxy Servers. Egypt has only implemented the lockdown on DNS servers so you can still use proxy servers. For Twitter try 126.96.36.199 and for Facebook 188.8.131.52.
- Try a VPN . VPN is open and free
- Install TweakBox. It comes with a number of built-in VPNs that you can use to get past the restrictions
- Use an Anonymizing Network. https://geti2p.net/ is live
- Use RetroShare. For secure communication try RetroShare on http://retroshare.sourceforge.net
- Use a French dialup. A French group has set up a dial-up service to get online. +33172890150 and use ‘toto’ as the login and password.
- Use Third-party Apps. Tweetdeck and Hootsuite are live for updating Twitter
These are the main ways that you can use to try to get access to the internet in some way in Egypt. We cant guarantee that all of them will work all of the time and the advice is to just keep trying. If you think of any ways, let us know what they are.