In one of the stories I'm writing, I have a character that falls from our world into another, far less advanced one, and brings his smartphone with him (along with a few other things, but they aren't important). Now, due to a magical artifact he finds in the region he ends up in, his smartphone is constantly charged, and has an internet connection through which he can view a static image of everything available on the internet at the time he left (no posting on forums or watching livestreams, but reading old blog posts/info sites/SE questions and watching videos that aren't live still works).
Now, the battery I can explain away fairly easily with magic involved, but the DNS system and others that make up internet connections aren't as simple (there's a reason it's called a net, after all). I could just say, "It's magic," and leave it at that, but I'm not the kind of writer to toss out internal consistency; and, frankly, the restrictions inherent in a logical explanation will most likely make for interesting plot points. So, without unduly stretching suspension of disbelief, what is the most logical way that magic could get around the handshaking and delays inherent in the internet system, and provide a static representation of the internet at a single point in time that is otherwise indistinguishable from how our internet appears here?
EDIT Section! Yay! There are a few things I need to clarify here, so I'll make a list:
- The MC isn't Batman-level prepared; he's just a prospective author who likes researching his stories. That makes the magically-boosted cache answer more plausible, but still tricky to pull off. Also, as a semi-techy person myself, code is hard. Just tossing in that "one super-techy friend" would strain the boundaries of plausibility, even if only for me, and when the author doesn't believe in their own story there's a problem.
- He wasn't summoned back by a spell or anything; his arrival was entirely unplanned. The general background plot I'm working with is that the ever-branching, butterfly-effect tree of chaos theory is an actual tree, and every once in a blue moon or five, someone falls down the branches.
- The world he ends up in is mostly non-magical; except for a little divine tomfoolery, there are no spells or enchantments to work with. The artifact he finds, however, is an example of said divine tomfoolery, but I still want it to be internally consistent.
- The idea of "Help, I'm trapped in a parallel universe" is fine and all, and I'll keep the idea in mind for later stories, but it simply won't work here; the plot of the story is much longer-term than that idea would allow. Also, the parallel-ness of the universe is slightly questionable; it diverged from ours a lot further back than most parallel universes.
Thanks for all the answers so far, though. I'll refrain from accepting an answer yet; the situation I'm working with is a lot more specific than my original question stated, and I don't want to accept an answer that fits my scenario over a better answer that's slightly too far from what I'm doing (but might work for others).