[Berlin-wireless] fon ankuendigung

Sven Wagner cven
Mi Okt 18 21:57:13 CEST 2006

denk euch euren teil selbst ;-)

Germany and Austria Have Earned Our Trust

I am very happy to say that FON Germany will announce tomorrow morning 
that in Germany and Austria FON has decided to change our Fonera 
(wlan/wifi social router) distribution , from a system based on credit 
to a system based on trust. From tomorrow FON will not charge any money, 
nor ask credit card information to inhabitants of Germany and Austria 
who ask for a Fonera. The only request on FON's part is that the FONeros 
simply promise to leave the Fonera on for the benefit of the fonero 
community. Should somebody who receives a fonera not want to be a FONero 
anymore all that we ask is that the Fonera be given out to another 
FONero candidate or tu us. That´s all. We will send one per household 
until supplies last.

We chose Germany and Austria after conversations with our partners at 
Skype and Google. The main reasons for this decision were that of all 
the countries in which we operate, German and Austrian FONeros have 
shown the highest rates of connectivity after purchasing routers. They 
are also the FONeros who percentage wise use FON functionality the most, 
including registering their Foneras, placing themselves in our maps and 
personalizing their wifi/wlan signal screens that allow other people in 
the neighborhood to learn about them. These countries have also risen 
from the back of the FON country lists ot the 3rd most active countries 
after USA and Spain, our home. Focus has already picked up the news, but 
the new system will be operational tomorrow and more details will be 
disclosed tomorrow by Christiane Zu Salm and Robert Lang, who run Fon in 

After we test the FONero promise distribution system in Germany and 
Austria, should this work out well, we will extend it to more countries. 
The next candidate for a distribution system based on trust may be 
Korea. Korean FONeros are showing the same type of commitment as Germans 
and Austrians. In other countries we will continue selling the Foneras 
for 5 euros or dollars plus shipping and in some cases VAT until we find 
out the most reliable ways to grow FON.

The investors in FON are willing to make the investment that it takes to 
grow the network, but we need to make sure that if we give away Foneras 
in other countries that they end up connected as they will be in Germany 
and Austria. In the meantime I take the opportunity to thank the German 
and Austrian FONeros pioneers who signed up with FON early on. I also 
want to thank our friends at OpenBC in Hamburg for having helped us 
promote FON from the early start and our friends at Plazes, a great 
German start up, who are helping us with our maps.

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