Startup FON Giving Away Free Wi-Fi Routers In San Francisco
The Spanish company is giving away the hardware on Friday as part of its effort to build a global Wi-Fi network based on users sharing connections.
Spanish startup FON says it will offer free Wi-Fi wireless routers to San Francisco residents at an event Friday.
The company is promoting a Wi-Fi sharing model via which it hopes to build out a global Wi-Fi network.
FON members plug the routers, called La Foneras, into their home broadband and set up a private in-home hotspot. They also share a certain amount of wireless Internet access with other members, and in turn get free Wi-Fi at other Fonera access points.
"With FON's Wi-Fi sharing model, we can really build a city-wide Wi-Fi community today, by getting FON wireless routers in every neighborhood across San Francisco," said Joanna Rees, chairman of U.S. operations for FON, in a prepared statement.
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