At FON we are not as crazy about Bluetooth as we are about WiFi, but now that phones like the Nokia E61 or N80 have Bluetooth and WiFi, we see a great opportunity to create a Symbian version of FON and we are going for it.

What is the idea here? Foneros will enter other people´s WiFi phones through bluetooth and make SKYPE/SIP phone calls through WiFi. They will also e-mail and surf the net through BluetoothWiFi FON handsets. We think this will be extremely useful in cases where there´s wifi coverage but no GSM, or simply when friends want to make a favor to other friends.

Moreover, we see potential in content, people exchanging pictures, videos, music, ringtones they have in their phone with their friends. Part of this Mobiluck already does. Other parts Wideray does. I recently met with these companies and I see great opportunities for collaboration. I was particularily impressed by Olivier Chouraki at Mobiluck. In both cases I was introduced by Anina, who is one of the most aware persons in the mobile space that I have ever met and who is doing a consultancy for FON to help us enter the mobile world.

Basically, what we have to do at FON now is to add Bluetooth to our social routers so phones can connect to them and make sip/skype phone calls. This is easy to do and since Foneras are always on there´s no power problems. But we can also develop on and off applications such as FON Symbian and Windows Mobile clients so WiFi phones allow others to call and surf through them.

If you are a developer with experience doing these projects do contact me.

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