Cisco IOS updates -- a general question

Sorry for having to ask this here but Cisco's convoluted web site is proving less than helpful.

My question is, if you DON'T have SmartNet on your equipment, is there a way to get IOS updates?  I'm assuming if you don't have coverage for say, a 3750G switch, and you logon to your Cisco site, you're not going to be able to download the software.  Is there a way to pay separately just for IOS upgrades?  And note, I'm not talking about upgrading to different feature-sets.  I'm just talking abou x.x updates to the current software you're running.  Can you simply buy the software on the side, and is it cost-effective?  And how is it licensed?

Any insight would be appreciated, thanks.
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mgudites1Asked:
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Don JohnstonConnect With a Mentor InstructorCommented:
Contact a Cisco Reseller. They can sell you an individual IOS update without a smartnet contract.
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pclinuxguruCommented:
You contact a Cisco Partner and purchase Smart net for the product.

The other way you pay for it is to get your CCIE.
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mgudites1Author Commented:
Thanks, but I'm asking for a way without covering each piece of equipment with Smartnet.  Is your answer meaning that there is no external way of getting IOS updates without Smartnet coverage?
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pclinuxguruCommented:
The only other way I know is mostly on new things purchased. I believe within 90 days you can get software updates within that time period. If the company isn't a partner and they didn't submit the serial number you might want to call Cisco and see if they can give you a temp login.

Other way is having friends that have the access to download it. Not sure how legal it is but sometimes you can call a Cisco Partner you do a lot of business with and they can get you the update your looking for.

The 3rd way is illegal im sure but it involves google and filename.
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Jimmy Larsson, CISSP, CEHConnect With a Mentor Network and Security consultantCommented:
I agree. Any Cisco-reseller can sell an upgrade. They exist in Ciscos GPL (global price list).

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mgudites1Author Commented:
Awesome, thanks everyone.
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