Fon used to be all about internet access. Now, the company is connecting home stereo systems and businesses alike. Hear what’s next for Fon at Structure Connect.
Gramofon, the router that doubles as a cloud music adapter for your stereo system, just successfully ended its Kickstarter campaign.
Gramofon wants to connect your home stereo system to Spotify, much like many other connected speaker and home audio players. The unique twist? It will also offer shared Wi-fi.
Crowdsourced Wifi network operator Fon is getting ready to launch a new product called Gramofon, and we were able to dig up some photos as well as other details ahead of its official launch.
The Spanish Wi-Fi sharing community has scored what it suggests will be the first of multiple carrier deals in the U.S., giving its members access to AT&T’s 30,000 hotspots around the country.
SFR is already a long-time partner of the global Wi-Fi community Fon, but it previously let its customers share their connections on an opt-in basis. That’s now been changed to an opt-out agreement.
Skype’s founding team originally set out to build a crowdsourced Wi-Fi network, much like the one operated by Fon. Only, it didn’t have an adequate VoIP solution for that network.
The Wi-Fi-sharing community will gain a big boost through a tie-in with Deutsche Telekom’s operations in Germany and eastern Europe, while DT hopes the deal will take some of the strain off its mobile broadband networks.
It doesn’t necessarily confirm those rumours about the T-Mobile owner buying a stake in Fon, but a tie-in with the service by DT subsidiary Hrvatski Telekom does keep the possibility alive.
Fon was once a company on the verge of bankruptcy with an unsustainable business model, a new era of mobile computing ushered in by Apple’s iPhone and the devices that would follow have completely turned its fortunes around. How? By jump-starting the demand for Wi-Fi everywhere.