Crowdsourced WiFi Network Fon Picks Up $14M Led By Strategic Investor Qualcomm, Adds Facebook Integration


Fon, a free “crowdsourced” WiFi network that is created out of people sharing a portion of their private WiFi connections, is today announcing another $14 million in funding led by Qualcomm Ventures as it gears up to tackle new areas like the U.S. and business users. It will also be teaming up with Facebook around a new “social” router called Fonera, which will let people share their WiFi hotspots with Facebook friends and no further authentication — a product that Facebook and Fon plan also to offer to physical stores, which will give users free WiFi when they “like” or check-in to a location.

Qualcomm’s investment is strategic: Fon is building a new, “social-music” router based on a chipset from Qualcomm subsidiary Atheros. Martin Varsavsky, CEO and founder of Fon, tells me that this router will not be ready until May or June of this year. The brand…

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