Aria2c is my favorite alternative to wget that supports many different protocols.
It even has segmented downloads.
Supported protocols are HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/BitTorrent/Metalink v3
Coupled with screen and a few bash aliases… it makes a great bit torrent client.
I am in the process of compiling it… I will let you know the results….
If you want to learn more about it in the meanwhile… the project is located at http://aria2.sourceforge.net/
4hrs later and still compiling
gcc crashed… may have to cross compile