100,000 sign for BT Fon wi-fi love-in
But where are they all?
100,000 punters have signed up to BT's Wi-Fi love-in, sharing their home connectivity in exchange for having access to everyone else's, enabling the operator to call itself the world's largest Wi-Fi community.
Spot the hotspot
Previous attempts to get people to share their connectivity have fallen foul of usage restrictions, security concerns and (most importantly) self interest. With Fon BT provides a carrot in the form of access to BT Openzone hotspots, which are far more likely to be useful to the average punter than 512Kb/sec of connectivity on a residential street.
Assuming the punter concerned can find their connectivity. The BT Fon locator will tell you where your nearest hotspot is and we were delighted to find a couple in our favourite chunk of the Highlands, even if one appeared to be in the middle of a field. Given the weather it seemed an ideal excuse for a road trip, but unfortunately we didn't manage to find the promised connectivity...
We asked BT how it put the map together, but other than something about postcodes it's been unable to explain. So we thought you might like to have a look at the BT Fon locator and let us know if you can find an even more remote hotspot from which we can fail to file stories, send e-mail and generally pretend to be working. ®
Maps and Usage
I have been registered for BT FON for sometime. I live in an apartment block with its own post code, and which is surrounded by similar blocks. There is a problem in the locating of the HotSpot on the map, with it being shown to be about 100 meters further to the south than the building. I assume that this inaccuracy is introduced through inaccurate mapping data held by Google.
Surprisingly I get a lot of visitors to the BT FON HotSpot - most of them iPhone users, at least two a week, usually at the weekends. There also seems to be a regular stream of new iPhones, so I am wondering if one of my neighbours is running a small retail business or something.
let us know if you can find an even more remote hotspot from which we can fail to file stories, send e-mail and generally pretend to be working
I'm liking this one, inbetween runways 1 and 2 of Bristol Airport...
I have a few around my area and nearly all are residential. I don't know about you but I find that next to useless as most are houses in streets. Good luck sitting outside someone's house in you car surfing the net. That is until my bluetit hat comes along and asks your to accompany him to the local nesting box.
Pirate icon because ARRR me hearties! You all be crims 'n' terrists of teh open wifi networks.