8 thoughts on “Shake, Rattle & FON”

  1. oh more than that… do you really want to mess with your phone company/cable company. they are barely civil when you are not breaking their TOS. I think this is a big challenge for them in the US> rest of the world might be a different story.

  2. When I looked into the $5 a few months back, the string that I saw was: if you dont register the device with their network within X days, they charge your credit card the full price of the router. I didnt dig any deeper deeper. There maybe other strings as well.

    Everytime I read a story about FON, I cant help but think, what’s the business in the U.S. at least, with Muni-Fi coming online?

  3. Please edit your post: the router is $14.10 in the US, not $5 ($5 being one of the price components you’re compelled to pay to get the router).

    It must be registered with FON within 30 days and must be kept on for a year. Although they don’t say it explicitly, they do have you credit card number and I guess they could charge you the $45 difference if you don’t live up to the terms.

  4. Disclaimer: I work for FON

    Yes, FON reserves the right to charge you $45.00 if you don’t register your router. We work very hard to avoid this. We want you to register your router and will help you to do so. We will contact you prior to imposing this charge and offer our assistance. We’re having great success with our new router; La Fonera. Previously we were shipping Linksys routers flashed with our own firmware. To prevent individuals from buying them at the discounted rate of $5.00 and re-selling them at a higher price this policy was needed.

  5. Juergen Urbanski was Ejovi Nuwere’s replacement (who launched the company at eTel). Ejovi Nuwere resigned only a few months ago. That makes two Country Managers in a year.

  6. Maybe you missed this Om, but I published an analysis on data extracted from the FON map service here:


    which basically paints a rather dull picture. Right now, Martin Varsavsky is giving away routers for free to commenters on his blog, and to commenters on two other popular Spanish Digg-style sites. There was also something on his blog about having to travel to London, so maybe there is a board meeting, and he needs to pull some numbers (this is pure speculation though!).


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