Fon WiFi network: Time to set it (really) free

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Take a fact: the blogosphere put trust as one of the key value — paying bloggers to write might know something about this. Then take a plan: The Fon wireless network essentially relies (euphemism) on the blogosphere to expand its frontiers. Mix them together and you’ve got: If you’re good to Fon network, Fon is good for you.

Put in illustration, it gives: “From tomorrow Fon will not charge any money, nor ask credit card information to inhabitants of Germany and Austria who ask for a Fonera”, says Martin Varsavsky, Fon founder. The only request on Fon’s part is that the Foneros simply promise to leave the Fonera [their low-cost WiFi router] on for the benefit of the Fonero community.”

Why? Because “German and Austrian Foneros have shown the highest rates of connectivity after purchasing routers. They are also the Foneros who percentage wise use Fon functionality the most, including registering their Foneras, placing themselves in our maps and personalizing their WiFi/WLAN signal screens that allow other people in the neighborhood to learn about them.”

“These countries have also risen from the back of the Fon country lists ot the 3rd most active countries after USA and Spain, our home,” he adds.

Removing credit card payment is more about adaptive marketing than anything else. The Fonera is currently available for $5/€5.

As Skype is backing Fon expansion, there might be some other plans for boosting Skype adoption in these German-speaking countries. Anyway, for now, Varsavsky affirms that the Fon network will reach its critical mass at the end of this year and is negotiating with severals cablecos in the US.

Oct 19, 2006 | By Nuno

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