FON sucks

July 30, 2006

FON is a startup attempting to blanket cities with WiFi access by selling dirt cheap routers with the stipulation that it must run their software. If someone logs into your router, they can pay to share your Internet connection. The problem is that FON is a horribly run company. The instructions on their web site are either non-existent or unintelligible. The software on their routers has some bizarre security holes such that anyone can get free access. FON’s support and message boards are completely useless. But worst of all, FON is based in Spain, where people are notoriously slow and lackadaisical. I’ll continue to use FON for a little while, but I’ll return their router if they don’t begin to fix things.

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2 Responses to “FON sucks”

  1. Chuck Says:

    Completely agree with you on this one. The only thing they are good for are cheap routers. I have bought four for myself and my neighbors and once you change the firmware, they are yours to use as you wish.

    This “company” is a huge joke. I’m just counting down the days until they go under and I won’t have to worry about them sending out their “You owe us $45 if you don’t turn your router on” email. ;o)

    Keep up the good work… love the blog.

  2. aisle9 Says:

    Hi. Yes, Fon is a terribly run company and their products suck. But saying that the worst part is the silly fact that they’re based in Spain “where people are notoriously slow and lackadaisical” is plain stupid. There’s for instance this Spanish bank called Santander, that happens to be the biggest in Europe. And this other Spanish company called Telefonica that maybe is lacking of some daisies, but certainly in the possesion of O2.

    Stereotypes are silly. Don’t be.


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