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Fon E-Partnership turns cellphones into hotspots

August 8, 2008

Today Fon and JoikuSoft announce their collaboration in a software addon for Symbian phones, called “JoikuSpot”. You can buy it in their JoikuShop at an introductory price of €15. It uses 3G or GPRS as your Internet backhaul (WAN), and built-in wifi for the hotspot (possibly in peer-to-peer mode instead of AP mode), so you too can share your bandwidth wherever you go!

My first thought, of course, is how this is excellent news for homeless Bills who have been encumbered by the extra weight of a La Fonera router, cables, and battery packs. Now, when they sell wifi at the train station, they only need to carry a single device with them! Hopefully, Fon can partner with a major cellco and negotiate a discount on their unlimited data plans for this charitable purpose.

JoikuSpot supports the following cellphone models (with an appropriate carrier, “unlimited” high speed data plan providing 3G/GPRS, and carrier provisioning to enable wifi on the phone):

  • Samsung i550 and G810,
  • Nokia E51, E60, E61, E61i, E65, E66, E70, E71, E90, N77, N78, N80, N81, N81 8GB, N82, N91, N93, N93i, N95, N95 8GB, N95 8GB Americas, and N95 Americas.

JoikuSpot Premium also includes a VPN client to secure your connection to a home or corporate VPN server. JoikuSpot Premium does not force visitors to a default landing page, and is also 100% customizable for operator whitelabeling and licencing.

More information here:
Joikusoft and FON work together
Joikusoft and FON Unveil Wi-Fi HotSpot Software
Joikusoft and FON unveil Wi-Fi HotSpot software
Joiku, FON to offer premium mobile hotspot software
FON and JoikuSoft Introduce FonSpot Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot Software


Free La Foneras for Castro Residents

January 26, 2008

Fon’s gay little router is positioning itself for greater penetration in America’s homosexual community.

Put the kids to bed, and visit Share The Castro for more details and a selection of provocative promotional videos.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewCu9DwGIX0&hl=en]

Matador Joselito’s YouTube Page


Fon Lake Dump Protest in El Reg

June 29, 2007

The Register writes today about the ongoing protest against Fon’s 15-minute free Internet promotion. As usual, they don’t really know what Fon is; they think Fon is a VOIP company. KenRadio thinks Fon is a meshing router. Boingo thinks they’ve added 130,000 new hotspots through their partnership with Fon. Whatever.

Fon does not verify the emails given for free access, and this is the only “identification” required for free access. Additionally, the promotion was sprung on the Fonero Community without warning, fully activated and without debate. Fon President Martin Varsavsky wrote in his blog that trivial details like how much Bills would be compensated, and how Foneros could opt-out would be provided later, but there still is no mechanism provided to do this. Perhaps we need to email support@fon.com and wait the usual 2 weeks, etc.

In response, Fon makes the orange “Alien” icons vanish from Fon Maps. These had been used by Foneros to spell out messages on Fon’s maps, just north of their headquarters. These icons were automatically placed where Aliens lived, and were not opt-out (though you could manually misplace them to protect your privacy). A year of complaining to Fon about privacy was fruitless; a moment of embarassment while the Press watched seems to have suceeded.

ADDITION: BlogWiMAX has picked up on the story.

ADDITION: NewsWireless.Net has picked up on the story.

ADDITION: Wireless-Weblog has picked up on the story.


Please look away!

June 25, 2007

Just an ordinary lake! Move along!

(click on the pictures for more information)

Look! Watch the funny man!

Nothing to see here. Keep moving.

Haha, it’s the silly man again! Which is all you find in *official* Fon blogs this week!

Still not getting the message!

Wow, all of those light-green dots are *offline* hotspots! How can this be, when they are right there at Fon Headquarters? And it looks like a lot of homeless Aliens (orange dots) are camped out among the trees along the highway. Or is this Martin’s army of homeless Bills who provide wifi for VOIP calls throughout the city?


Amusing Unofficial Fon Commercials

June 20, 2007

Please enjoy these “underground” Fon advertisements:

Matador Joselito seeks WiFi
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syNeaVewv5o&hl=en]

Matador Joselito seeks Carmen
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpCIBDRbWd4&hl=en]


Fon Helps Gays Hook Up

June 7, 2007

Fon will be providing access points to popular Spanish gay magazine, Zero, at Infinita 07, the next Gay Pride Parade in Chueca, the gay district of Madrid. Zero staff will be setting the hotspots up for free public access through the event date.

Fon says it would be fabulous to do this again Babe, but does not know when they will be back in town. ;)


WiF Podcast #2

April 9, 2007

Mike, Dan and Chad

We’re back!

Dan Berte of http://www.wirelessisfun.com/ has edited our 3 hours of recorded ramblings into several bite-sized segments. Dan and I were joined by Mike Puchol of tech.am blog, who is also a founder and CTO of http://www.whisher.com/. We’re demonstrating our rapidly improving style, so look out, http://www.kenradio.com/!

Download segments at: http://wirelessisfun.com/2007/04/09/wif-podcast-2/

SHOW NOTES:

Court rules Vonage must stop using Verizon patents.Vonage claims it has long prepared for this, and customers have no fear of service termination. Mike Snyder, Vonage’s chief executive officer says “Friday’s events represented one small step in what is sure to be a long legal battle.” Vonage, whose shares fell nearly 26% on Friday, also said the litigation would likely take years, but added that it was confident it would continue to provide service to its over 2.2 million subscribers. Will they license from Verizon? Will they patch their code? Is this death for Vonage?
http://gigaom.com/2007/03/23/vonage-has-to-stop-using-verizon-patents/
http://andyabramson.blogs.com/voipwatch/2007/03/the_v_battle.html

EarthLink Unveils Wi-Fi VoIP Phone with wifi router built into base…

This appears to be the same “FON Router with Skype Handset” from July, 2006.
http://wifinetnews.com/archives/007493.html
http://andyabramson.blogs.com/voipwatch/2007/03/earthlink_wifi_.html
http://blog.fon.com/en/archive/gadgets/fon-router-with-skype-handset.html

Fon Blog and Martin Varsavsky release early details of their upcoming “Fontenna”

This will be an external, cable-tethered 7db box.
http://blog.fon.com/en/archive/gadgets/fontenna-update.html
http://english.martinvarsavsky.net/fon/the-secret-is-in-the-fontennas.html

Fon suggests again that their partnership with McAfee makes their product safe.

Deja Vu from Dec 12 last year…
http://blog.fon.com/en/archive//fon-mcafee.html
http://www.mymcafee.com/Partner.aspx
http://english.martinvarsavsky.net/fon/is-fon-safe.html
http://elfonblog.fondoo.net/?p=43

Fon releases firmware upgrades for VOIP phones

They can now log in to Fon hotspots. Is the problem solved? Listener feedback encouraged.
http://wirelessisfun.com/2007/03/23/brief-on-fon/
http://www.fon.com/en/info/whatsNew

Another Fon issue fixed by Apple Computer-

Airport Extreme patch makes it easier to connect to La Fonera now.
http://fonblog.wordpress.com/2007/03/26/mac-osx-patch-for-airport-to-solve-fonera-wpa-issue/
http://wsidecar.apple.com/cgi-bin/nph-reg3rdpty2.pl/product=13259&cat=1&platform=osx&method=sa/AirPortExtremeUpdate2007002.dmg

Melting La Fonera APs…

The infamous YouTube video is probably a hoax, but an expert analysis by Mike Puchol suggests that the electronics may last no more than a year due to heat stress.
http://tech.am/2007/03/17/fonera-overheating-are-we-cooking-yet/
http://wirelessisfun.com/2007/03/19/la-fonera-to-die-in-one-year/

Fon’s upcoming La Fonera 1.5 will have a LAN port

Probably to be based on the slightly better Accton MR3202A 2 Port Mini Router. Since La Foneras have a 2 year warantee, this could mean a free upgrade when the 1.0 fries.
http://tech.am/2007/02/26/new-routers-with-lan-and-usb-ports-but-not-by-fon/
http://www.accton.com/products/product_range/21_weap/MR3202A.htm

Fon will have a Wi-Max/WiFi AP in the future.

La Fonera x will use Wi-Max service instead of Cable/DSL modem.
http://wirelessisfun.com/2007/03/20/fon-wifi-operator-planning-to-deploy-wimax/
http://elfonblog.fondoo.net/?p=19
http://english.martinvarsavsky.net/fon/wimax-and-fon.html

Ericsson halts Wi-Max technology in favor of 3G.

Now only Intel makes the chips.
http://www.wireless-weblog.com/50226711/ericsson_says_goodbye_to_wimax.php

Whisher releases new Mac and Linux clients.

Linux client offers intrim solution to exposed Wi-Fi encryption keys.
http://blog.whisher.com/2007/03/22/linux-version-of-whisher-released/


Fon to Provide Free AP to Profitable Locations

February 21, 2007

Fon will give anyone, anywhere a free La Fonera AP. It’s ridiculously easy to qualify, and there is no penalty whatsoever for not attracting any business.

Fon has now begun a promotion where any cafe or coffee shop, or anyone living above or next to one (mentioning Starbucks by name as an example) may order a free AP. This is a great idea, since there’s a better chance of doing business at such a location.

Engadget assumes that Fon will verify these addresses, but Fon’s own page doesn’t really claim that much. One wonders if Fon really has the resources to do this. ;)

If you take your Fon AP with you, it is even possible to resell expensive internet service at cheaper rates to a number of people around you. I’ll be posting pictures soon of my 5v PS2 port power-tap connected to my laptop and La Fonera AP so that it can be powered without A/C. With both a wifi (or other wireless data) card and NIC, I could provide a fully mobile Fon hotspot!

Just visit Fon’s promo page and click the “hot” area along the bottom to visit the Fon Shop where you’ll see your shopping cart allready has one La Fonera AP and promo code pre-entered. Be safe, and have Fon! :)