Friday, November 30, 2007

Fonero gets Fonero changing?

I recently came across a post on the english Fon boards about someone not being able to find the "fonero gets fonero" link. So I decided to check it out myself and what do know, its not there. But using google, there is still a link to were you can find it. A later message on the board by a moderator
"FGF still works if you follow the link above. We removed it from the left hand menu because we're revamping the program. Expect an announcement soon!"
Kind of interesting. Once again we will have to wait and find out what the promotion is going to be. Could be good, could be bad.

Heres the links and a screen shot (taken a while back, don't know why I have it).

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bridge Functionality for La Fonera?

Martin was talking about the FroncoFON software for La Fonera early last month and he really seemed to like the bridge Functionality. According to one of the moderators on the english Fon boards, it was confirmed by Martin that it will be added, we just don't know when. Hopefully we will find out more later.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"In-Store Wi-Fi Is Free, but Not Commercial-Free" and "F.C.C. Chief Forced to Scale Back Cable Plan"

The New York Times had an article in today's paper and something like this is why Fon is not making it big in the USA. People are more interested in free stuff, who would have guessed. On the other hand there are some very good points made in the article. Just some food for thought.

"AnchorFree, a company in Sunnyvale, Calif., that is two and a half years old, has introduced a service that lets merchants of any size — from a large bookstore chain to a mom-and-pop restaurant — offer free advertising-supported Wi-Fi to customers on the store premises. People who are shopping or eating in an AnchorFree location will see banner ads on their screens or short video spots or both before their browsing session."

(something Fon is trying to do, but limiting wifi session to 15 minutes)

"Mark Smith, executive vice president for marketing and strategy at AnchorFree, said that advertisers could tailor their ads to reach people at specific locations in the network."

"Businesses that traditionally offer Wi-Fi to customers — hotels, for example — can sign up with AnchorFree at no cost and collect a share of up to 50 percent of the advertising revenue. For small businesses, which might not be able to afford Wi-Fi service, AnchorFree will supply the necessary router and other technology at no cost."

"The retailer can then promote its free wireless service, which could prove to be a competitive advantage. Some hotels, for instance, charge guests $10 to $15 a night for Wi-Fi access."

(Fon is a lot cheaper, $3 for an entire day)



heres a couple interesting articles in the NY Times. It just fascinates me how much cable companies are screwing people over and cashing in big time.

"F.C.C. Planning Rules to Open Cable Market"

"F.C.C. Chief Forced to Scale Back Cable Plan"

Friday, November 23, 2007

Free Routers from Fon for Thanksgiving

Looks like Fon has done it again, but this time with a set of conditions (your not allowed to get a free one if you have already received a subsidized router before) and making you agree to the Fon Promise (keep it connected, or pass it on to someone else).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fon taking over the world...just for kicks

Martin's dream of free WiFi all over the world

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Fon Affiliate Partner Marketing Program

Once again Fon has come up with another scheme to "help you earn money" by promoting Fon on your website or blog.

Promote FON yourself and earn referral commissions!

If you have your own web site or would like to promote FON through your blog or even using Pay-per-Click ads, then we invite you to join our Affiliate Partner Marketing Program. We will pay you from 15% to 18% commission on all your FON sales.

First it was the Beta testers program (lets pass out some free La Fonera +'s and Fontenna's and have people who don't know what they are doing [not always the case] and let them figure out whats wrong with the products and report back to Fon.) LINK

Next, the Fontrepreneur program (lets sell people a couple of cheap routers and have them market the products for us.)

And finally a marketing program partner (We will ''pay'' you money to advertise Fon on your website or blog.) We all know how this is going to turn out. It sounds good on paper, but in the end Fon: 1, Foneros: 0 (Lets see how it turns out)

heres the linkage:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

La Fonera 2.0 update

For those wondering about La Fonera 2.0. It looks like we have to wait some time before we will ever see it. I tried to contact Martin from his blog a week ago and I finally got an email back. looks like it's going to be a while before we see anything, and by then who knows what Fon will be up to. (For those who don't know what the La Fonera 2.0 is heres the link. It's basically the La Fonera + but with a USB port)

Tue, Nov 6, 2007 at 9:35 AM
Hi ****

Probably we will realease La Fonera 2.0 by mid 2008. Thing is that we
have the whole Fon team working in the integration with BT.


>> *From:
>> *Date: *3 de noviembre de 2007 05:34:41 GMT+08:00
>> *To:
>> *Subject: **Contact Form Results*
>> Website:
>> Message of ******* ******:
>> Hey Martin,
>> It has been a while since we last heard about La Fonera 2.0 and other
>> things as well. Can you update us?
>> -**** ********-

Saturday, November 3, 2007

La Fonera + hacked

I guess this is old news, but on 10/28/2007 La Fonera + was set free. This is great news for all La Fonera + owners, although at this moment I have no plans on buying one. Who would want to buy a wireless router with only 1 LAN port for $50? Not me.