Today I needed to request some url which do some updates on a database (nothing very tricky). But I can't use wget on the Unix servers we got because wget wasn't installed.
First, I contact the Unix guy and ask if wget could be installed on the servers. Yes it can but there will be a delay for studying the impact and bla bla bla I pass the details.
So I crawl over the Internet and I find this : LWP::Simple. So now I use this command :
perl -MLWP::Simple -e 'get "http://www.sn.no"'
And it works well for me, so perhaps for you also