There are many municipal Wi Fi projects around the world. These projects involve getting weather proof Wi Fi hotspots and installing them around the cities. At FON we believe that the best solution for a city is not a pure hotspot solution. Instead we believe that the best solution is citizens of a city with FON routers by a window combined with some hotspot investments on behalf of the city in key locations. We have been talking already to a number of cities whose names unfortunately we cannot yet disclosed and the reception has been great. The key here is that behind the municipal wifi movement there´s a war going on with the telecom operators on one side and the cities on the other. But with FON both cities and telecom operators win. Cities win because residents put their routers by their windows and provide free roaming to each other only after PAYING the telecom operators. And operators win because they get more customers and because they make more revenues as non residents pay to use the networks. FON then is either a free network for residents and a paid network for non residents. But the prices for non residents or aliens like we call them, coming at $2 a day, are very, very reasonable. $2 per day is a price that is not low enough to encourage you not to sign up with a telecom operator if you are a resident (as bandwidth costs less than $60 per month) but it is low enough for visitors into a city to feel that if they want wifi they can get it everywhere for a very reasonable amount.

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isaac b on February 9, 2006  · 

A FONcity is good for almost everyone.

Good for citizens, good for foneros and aliens, good for the Local Government since they improve their connectivity within the urban territory at zero cost for them, so police, fire dept or city hall services can use it to improve their productivity.

It will be like breathing wifi signal everywhere.


A FONcity is a future dead city for Mobile Phone operators as Vodafone for example since the bandwith of wifi is higher than what they can provide through 3g!

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teleken on February 10, 2006  · 

I think this is a great idea, I don’t know to much about networking technologies.
But I’m looking forward to become the student of the business, with fon it’s a very powerful concept and I want to be part of the growth.
I’m going to cancel my ISP and I have talked to
Speakeasy they will be connecting me up in about three weeks.

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Paulus van Warmeer on February 10, 2006  · 

I’d like to know more about your business model and how you’ll make money out of FON.

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Martín Varsavsky on February 12, 2006  · 

#3 Paulus,

So far we are clearly not making money. Eventually, we hope to make money by having people who do not wifi signal, but want wifi signal, we call them aliens


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Paulus van Warmeer on February 12, 2006  · 

Martin, this is exactly what I asked you. I know the difference between alliens and bills, but… do you have any estimation of the users that you will get??? And besides that, how you’ll control that people do really share their broadband????

I might be wrong, but at least today, there are no many internet users trying to get a Wifi signal on the street…

I do travel worldwide more than 200 days per year with my laptop, but I just use it on the hotels where I sleep, and I cannot imaging myself looking for a Wifi signal everywhere I go.

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