Fon lets Wi-Fi users make money

Members of Fon Wi-Fi community can make money by providing access to their home hotspots.

Elinor Mills Former Staff Writer
Elinor Mills covers Internet security and privacy. She joined CNET News in 2005 after working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters in Portugal and writing for The Industry Standard, the IDG News Service and the Associated Press.
Elinor Mills

Madrid-based Internet wireless community provider Fon is allowing its members to make money by opening up their hot spots to others. FON is set to announce on Monday that members, dubbed "foneros," will be charged $3 for a one-day pass, or $10 for a package of five one-day passes for accessing the Fon Wi-Fi network.

The owner of the home Wi-Fi access point that's used will receive half of the net revenue, excluding value-added tax and fees. The payment can be made via PayPal. Foneros can also choose to offer access to their Wi-Fi hot spots in exchange for using any Fon hot spot for free. In addition, Fon is selling its Wi-Fi "social router" for $5. Fon also is offering a Fon downloader device that will allow users to connect iPods and MP3 players or external hard drives to their Fon network.