Most businesses believe in secrecy. We don´t. Most businesses believe in patents. We don´t. We are an open source company. We are also a blogged company that has so far not done any advertising, nor currently engages a PR firm. We live off the originality of our ideas. So after presenting my latest R&D ideas internally, I have decided to blog them one by one so readers have an opportunity to comment on them.

You are welcome to read them. You are welcome to comment. You are welcome to “steal” our ideas, but what we ask in return is that if you copy them, let us know and make them “FON ready”. We are open source, so you can just download our firmware. If you are a hardware maker you are welcome to conctact me directly. Same if you are a programmer. You should also know that FON licenses its brand at no cost. We pay nothing to have products be FON ready and use our brand and we ask for no money either. We already have very large hardware makers such as Accton, who have signed licensing agreements with us.

As you read these ideas, think that FON will sell 1 million Foneras at whatever price clears the market over the next 12 months. Fortunately, we have the funds to invest in seeding the world with social routers that will create a fertile environment for all sorts of gadgets: mp3 players with WiFi, games with WiFi, WiFi phones, digital cameras with WiFi, printers with WiFi, hard drives with WiFi.

FON didn´t invent WiFi obviously, there´s tons of it. FON is simply a standard, a piece of open source code and an authentication system so WiFi donors can travel with their WiFi signal, roam the world for free, and non donors can purchase it at the price of a bus ticket for a day. So, in a world with ubiquitous WiFi, what would you like to see?

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