WHAT IS FON? WE ARE THE WORLD’S LARGEST WiFi COMMUNITY. FON is a community of people making WiFi universal and free on the principle of sharing. Our Community members (we call them Foneros) share their home broadband Internet connection and in return get free access to the FON Community’s WiFi Access Points (FON Spots) worldwide. We provide innovative technology that allows Foneros to share WiFi easily and securely. Currently we have more than 500,000 members in Europe, Asia and America, and the Community is growing by approximately one thou- sand new members a day. Why is FON different from other WiFi services? Our vision is to make WiFi available everywhere to the members of the Community. We believe that consumers shouldn’t have to pay twice for Internet access. If you are an ISP subscriber, we think you should not only be able to access the Internet at home, but on the move as well, without having to pay expensive additional access charges. We have created an easy and secure way for Foneros to share some of their broadband access at home and in exchange get unlimited WiFi access to the Community’s FON Spots worldwide. What are FON’s principles? FON is one of a new generation of innovative brands focused on enhancing the consumers’ experience of technology. Our aim is to expand our Community and make WiFi universal to provide WiFi access across cities, towns and villages around the world. We see zthis as a “Movimiento” of people who believe everyone should be able to access the Internet easily - no matter where they are. FON Movimiento means encouraging more and more people to use broadband to explore and enjoy the Internet. Such cities as Málaga and Lleida in Spain, Blanque- fort in France and a few others have already joined FON Movimiento. FON TECHNOLOGY How does the technology work? FON developed a wireless router called La Fonera+. The La Fonera+ is a neat piece of hardware that acts as a Fonero’s passport to the FON Community. Once connected to broad- band, it becomes a FON WiFi access point, and allows Foneros to securely share WiFi within the FON Community. Unlike other WiFi routers, La Fonera+ splits the WiFi signal in two - one private for personal home use, and one public for FON Community members access. Having two WiFi signals creates a security advantage for our members. The private, encrypted signal is accessible by the FON Spot owner alone, and only he/she has the password for its access. The public FON signal is only accessible to FON Community members. All FON Community members must register with FON and are required to enter their username and password each time they access a FON Spot. FON members can access the Internet, but cannot access the private network. The La Fonera is easy to install. It simply plugs into the customer’s broadband router or cable modem and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It also lets Foneros connect all other WiFi-ready devices (phones, PDAs, MP3 players, etc.) to their broadband Internet connec- tion. FON AND FONEROS How to join FON? Joining FON is simple, register at FON.com, purchase and connect your La Fonera+ router to start sharing your WiFi, and use WiFi at any FON Spot around the world for free. Foneros set up their FON Spot at home, share WiFi, get free WiFi on the road, and can even make a little money by participating in the FON Community. For those interested in making that bit of “dinero”, FON will pay them 50% of the net revenue that FON gets every time a non member pays for access to their FON Spot. Even non-members can access low-cost WiFi on a pay-as-you-go basis renting it out from other Foneros. Foneros have their own FON Spots and are given their own FON Spot homepage, an online space that works rather like a social networking site. Foneros can personalize this space and use it as a notice board carrying messages, pictures and videos to share with fellow Foneros. How to ﬁnd FON Spots? That’s easy too, every new Fonero registers their FON Spot details with the Community and the location of every FON Spot in the world is visible on our web-based FON Maps: http://maps.fon.com/ Powered by Google Earth, the FON Maps allow you to zoom in and locate FON Spots on indi- vidual street corners. FON Spot locations can also be downloaded directly to users’ PDA’s, laptops, mobile devices.
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