IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be the first to admit that my blog posts are oftenÃ¢â‚¬Â¦less than positive. I have been blessed with the cynical gift Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that is, the ability to find something to complain about in nearly any situation. Well, time now for a change of pace. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve actually found something I like. A lot.
In one of my classes, I was introduced to Fon (www.fon.com). This is a Spanish company with a pretty cool idea. They allow you to register your wireless router with their service, then share your connection with anyone else who is registered. The end result is that you could, theoretically, get free broadband anywhere in the world. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll even throw in a router for a reasonable $40. The idea hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t caught on in Indiana yet Ã¢â‚¬â€œ though I was pleased to see at least one registered user at BSU Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but is taking off in more urban areas, like Frisco.
While contemplating this service, it occurred to me that it would not be much a stretch to imagine wireless VOIP threatening the cell networks. Skype and similar software could finally get the window they need in the American mainstream market. Perhaps a cheap, WiFi-only phone Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or a hybrid Ã¢â‚¬â€œ could be used in urban areas. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely a possibility.