Our FON labs in Barcelona have just released a beta of the FON software for Macs that we are testing internally. Basically, what this download will do is turn any Mac into a FONspot. Say you go to a conference and they want to charge you $20 for WiFi or, in some cases, the WiFi may be free but, as it happened in LeWeb 3, there´s practically no connectivity cause there´s too much usage. Well what you can do is connect your Mac to a 3G, EVDO or HSDPA connection (some carriers may not allow this, pls check) and offer FON WiFi to many around u and be one popular person. You can then regulate how much bandwidth you share so you are not depleted yourself. Your bandwidth will then be free to FONeros and cost 3 euros first day and 2 euros/dollars thereafter for non FONeros of which as a Bill you can make 50% of it.

I tested the software and it works. We are working on improvements now so we can show useful things to the FONero as how many people are connected to you. Presently, you can do this with a Mac and offer open WiFi, which is nice. But with FON you can do this in an organized fashion and (if local regulations allow) make money out of it. We will release the Mac FONspot software in mid April. If you would like to be a beta tester pls write to Albert.

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