$5 Wireless Router Giveaway

Interesting story on News.com about a company whose goal is to get wireless access to all of the portable devices that can use wireless nowadays. Users who grant access to their wireless networks to Fon users would get free access on all other FON networks, users who do not could pay $3 dollars a month to access the network.

FON, a Spanish start-up on an ambitious crusade to turn home Wi-Fi connections into wireless “hotspots” for nearby users, is set to unveil on Monday a plan to hand out 1 million wireless routers for just $5 apiece.

FON, which aims to create a network of home users and small businesses to resell wireless access to passersby, said on Sunday it will subsidize $60 Cisco Systems’ Linksys or Buffalo routers for $5 in the United States or 5 euros in Europe.

The goal of the Madrid-based company is to build block-by-block networks of shared wireless connections around the globe, turning local Wi-Fi users into an army of “foneros”–its term for people who share wireless access.

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Not sure what to think about this yet, they are reselling other users wireless networks, I think some ISP’s will not like this at all, but the article said they are in talks with many ISP’s about it.