A friend suggested me to have a look at an interesting offer by Avis, the rent a car company. They provide a special mobile router to give WiFi connectivity in the cars they rent. It’s based on a product called AutoNet, a device that combines a 3G modem and a WiFi router and turns your car into a WiFi hotspot.

What is very interesting about this is why the service uses 3G and WiFi instead of 3G alone: while mobile broadband is great for its coverage it lacks compatibility with most of the laptops, mobile devices and game consoles on the market. This is one of the many advantages WiFi has over 3G (another big one is cost!) and one that will stay for a long time.

WiFi has become a standard for device manufacturers like Apple, Sony, Nintendo, Panasonic and others who want to provide connectivity for their gadgets. FON has partnerships with most of these manufacturers and is making it really easy and quick for foneros to connect using their WiFi devices without typing usernames and passwords. This is also great for our partners like BT or Neuf whose users can as easily connect using their gadgets on BT-FON and Neuf WiFi FON hotspots.

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peter on March 16, 2008  · 

so i ask myself, when FON will be incorporated in auto.net :)) ?

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José Alarcón on March 16, 2008  · 

Hi Martin,

Have you heard about JoikuSpot? it converts your 3G Symbian phone into a wireless access point. It has some limitations, but it seems to be quite promising. I use it to connect to the Internet using my old laptop witch doesn’t have bluetooth


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Manuel on March 17, 2008  · 

Nice box for an outstanding issue.
I did solved it through a linksys wrt54g3g and the mating PCcard option GT 3G+.
Very flexible it has a spare wan port for modem when you got a wired connection.
no subscriptions after your 3G plan.

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