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Free hotspot community goes mobile

Fon signs deal to support handsets

Fon Technology hopes to make it easier for users to connect to its network of hotspots with Wi-Fi-enabled phones by offering them software from Spotigo.

Fon has licensed Spotigo’s Wi-Fi Smart Client and will distribute it, branded as the Fon Wi-Fi Connection Manager, to all of its users around the world. The client will let users of Microsoft Windows devices and Symbian smart phones detect and automatically connect to Fon access points when in range.

Fon is a community of Wi-Fi users who share their individual hotspots with each other. In September, Fon said it had activated 20,000 Fon access points around the world.

While an increasing number of mobile phone models include Wi-Fi, some users find it difficult to connect to the wireless networks. A look at the Wi-Fi mobiles subject discussion in Fon’s message board community indicates the trouble that many customers are having with using their mobile phones to connect to Wi-Fi access points. Many of the subjects include requests for help with connecting specific phone models to Fon hotspots. The Spotigo software could make that process easier.

Spotigo is a German developer of software that helps users find and connect to hotspots. The company also manages a search service that includes 50,000 European hotspots.


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