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Startup Launches Open Wi-Fi, Challenging ISPs 65

Posted by samzenpus
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Chuckles08 writes "Forbes has a story about how FreedomPop is trying to disrupt the public Wi-fi business. From the article: 'Getting hosed by your Internet service provider may seem as inevitable as death and taxes, but a new startup aims to change that. Startup FreedomPop, which is backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, DCM and Mangrove Capital, provides cheaper Internet access and the ability for people to share access with others on its network.'"
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Startup Launches Open Wi-Fi, Challenging ISPs

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  • by guises (2423402) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @04:37AM (#42270311)
    I was keen on this until I had a look at the privacy policy. They don't even pay lipservice to privacy, explicitly saying that they will combine whatever information they get from you with information from third parties and also share your information with third parties. I wouldn't use this without a VPN.
  • by Kergan (780543) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:43AM (#42270807)

    FWIW, all four major carriers offer this in France:

    http://www.ariase.com/fr/guides/hotspots-wifi.html [ariase.com] (url is in French)

    Basically, users from your carrier get to use your Wifi, and in return you get to use their own Wifi routers across the country.

    France is not alone, either. For carriers, it's a cheap way to roll-out a nationwide Wifi network, with the added benefit that they can then redirect mobile data traffic to land pipes, resulting in less encumbered wireless networks.

  • Re:fon (Score:4, Informative)

    by sco08y (615665) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @07:16AM (#42270963)

    FTFA:

    Stokols believes this service will disrupt others such as FON, another free Wi-Fi startup. That’s because FON cuts deals with large telecommunications providers such as BT, while FreedomPop doesn’t need to. FON users do not share the majority of their access, because they are home users where others in residential areas do not need access as much, he says.

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