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February 20, 2007

Fon delievers; I'm giving away an invite for a Free Fon Router

As previously reported, Fon is giving away 100,000 Routers! and as predicted the promotion ended quick. I've received my free Fon router today and several of my friends, who I also shared the free link with, have received theirs too.

Setup of the Fon Router was easy. Just plug it into the network, connect to the router over wifi, visit, and login in. All the router's settings are made through the Fon web site. While you don't have as many options that are available with some other routers, it does allow you to set your own custom SSIDs (there are two; one for the public and one for a private secured network,) change the passwords, and decide if you're going to be paid for public usage or allow it to be used free (and you'll get free access to other Fon access points.)

I placed the router on the street side wall of a room closest to the street. Its on one end of the house. I tested the reception inside other parts of my house and the signal is "Excellent" (5 out of 5 bars) in every room, even the furthest from the router. Its too cold to venture outside right now to do any reception testing outdoors but I'm confident the signal would be reached from the street.

Fon is currently running a promotion, "Fonero Gets Fonero," for new Fon users to give an invite for a FREE Fon router (including shipping and handling) to three friends. I'm going to give one invite to a commenter to this post. To enter you must post an interesting or funny comment by Midnight, February 22, 2007.

Full sweepstakes rules below the jump.

Sweepstakes Rules:

  1. You must comment to THIS post, DON'T send an email, instant message, phone or fax me.
  2. You must include your real first and last name, a valid email, your country and language.
  3. To qualify you must have broadband internet access and be located in United States of America, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom.
  4. Limit one (1) entry per person. Subsequent entries received from the same person will be disqualified. Entries that have been generated by a script, macro, bot or any other automated means will be deemed void.
  5. will choose a comment as the winner at its sole discretion.
  6. is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, illegible, rejected, destroyed, or incomplete entries due to system errors or failures, or faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions and/or entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures, or faulty transmissions, or for any problems or technical malfunctions. may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning the prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or representatives.
  7. If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of which corrupt in any way or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, fulfillment or proper conduct of the promotion, then reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. This Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the United States with venue in Chittenden County in the State of Vermont.
  8. Sweepstakes only valid while Fonero Gets Fonero promotion lasts. Fonero Gets Fonero offer is subject to Fon's terms and conditions.

UPDATE: The contest looks like a miserable failure. None of the comments included the required info. Also I think Fon ended that promotion anyway. Sorry!

Posted in WiFi by usrbingeek at 2007-02-20 15:09 ET (GMT-5) | 4 Comments | Permalink


Sounds cool!

Posted by: Justin Capasso at February 21, 2007 12:24 AM

I got mine last week.

Now I'm just trying to decide if I want to put it in my house (we're already good here) or if it will be better served at the USBC office since the bowling center isn't allowed to have Internet access and it would help me immensely doing my job with tournaments and stuff like that.

Posted by: Angel Zobel-Rodriguez at February 21, 2007 12:07 PM

I'm from Ireland,i'm a student and i only heard about the promo recently and was gutted about missing the chance of a free router!!

Posted by: Cathal O'Shea at March 1, 2007 12:23 PM

I'm from Holland and i first thought that Fonero was a hoax while they were giving away free routers but now i see it's not and i'm to late :( So now I really want a Fonero router!

Posted by: Markoetie at March 9, 2007 08:07 AM

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