How to Read Wall Street Journal Articles Without Subscription

Here is a small tip for you. WSJ is a favorite business publication of many. But it's sad that most of the articles (premium content) are not available without subscription to the site. But with a small tweak, you can read these articles free, without subscribing to the journal. Here is how.

The Wall Street Journal is available free in the mobile platform. So, for table PCs, you should have a way to mimic a mobile platform. For this, you need to change the browser's user agent. If you are using Firefox (Fx), you can use this user agent switcher add-on for the purpose.

Once you installed the user agent and restarted Fx, you have to switch to a mobile user agent. We will be using the Apple iPhone user agent. Go to Tools->Options->User Agent. Here is the user agent for iPhone:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A543a Safari/419.3

Put this value into the User Agent field. In the user agent name, put 'Apple iPhone'. Other fields are optional. Click OK and close the dialog. Click OK and close User Agent switcher options.

User agent switcher for iPhone
Now, browse to Wall Street Journal, and get the URL of the premium content page you wish to read. Here is one:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122817676738270677.html

Prefix the following URL:
http://mobile2.wsj.com/device/article.php?mid=&CALL_URL=

Now the whole URL should be (Prefix+Suffix):
http://mobile2.wsj.com/device/article.php?mid=&CALL_URL=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122817676738270677.html

Create such URL for any premium article you wish to read. Now, switch the user agent to iPhone from the Tools->User Agent switcher menu item. In the address bar, put in the above URL and go! You will view the full article.

You may bookmark the prefix URL for automatically browsing, without having to add it to every article URL. Thanks to Labnol, who posted the original article about this tweak, for this little JavaScript code, with which you can automate this process:

javascript:location.href='http://mobile2.wsj.com/device/article.php?mid=&CALL_URL='+encodeURIComponent(location.href)

Or just drag this button to your bookmarks toolbar: View Full WSJ Article

You are done. Now, for reading the full WSJ content, just go to WSJ, browse to the required premium article, switch user agent and click the bookmark button. We have no idea how long this tweak will work, since if WSJ finds out about it, they may disable it.

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008 [Thanks to Labnol & WSJ]

1 Opinions:

  1. Lenin, I twittered the link to this article. Good looking out. Thank you for expanding your focus.

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