So what’s a FONero, well FON is a Wi-Fi community where the members, called FONeros, share their Internet connections by opening their WiFi Hotspots.
How does it work?
Well using special software installed on the router, people are presented with a log-in screen when they’re accessing your Hotspot, FON will handle the transaction.
FON operates with three levels of users:
- Aliens are users who pay for access, and don’t share their connection
- Linuses are users who share their connection in order to get free access to all other FON networks
- Bills are people who share their connection for a 50% cut of the revenue
Here’s a quote from the FON web-site:
FON is the largest WiFi community in the world, open to anyone who wishes to unite and connect to the Internet for free from any corner of the world without cables. It all started as a simple idea: enjoy WiFi technology everywhere across a WiFi infrastructure built by same members of the FON Community. Joining us is just as easy. All you need is to register for free, have broadband connection and to download our software onto your router. This converts your router into a FON Social Router. If you do not have a router that is compatible with FONâ€™s software, you can purchase one of our subsidized FON Social Routers at our online store.
It turned out that my router wasn’t FON enabled, so I ordered one using the offer on the FON web-site, it cost me â‚¬5 plus shipping and VAT for a grand total of â‚¬17.40, not exactly breaking the bank. The catch, I’ll have to start sharing my connection within 30 days, or it’ll cost me â‚¬45 extra.
FON is a brilliant idea, and it’ll hopefully help the spread of affordable Internet access. What will the Internet providers think of this idea? Very good question, I suspect that they most likely will not like it very much.