A new piece of mobile phone software has been unveiled today that will allow you to share your mobile phone’s internet connection with the FON community over wifi.
This might take some explaining, as both Joikusoft and FON aren’t exactly household names, and the thing they both do isn’t terribly straightforward. Lets make a game of it.
Here is some back-story…
Joikusoft is the maker of a great piece of software for the more high-end Symbian s60 mobile phones (ie: the Nokia N95 and the like), that’ll essentially transform the phone into a wireless router – it uses the phone’s WiFi to become a WiFi hotspot, and the 3G connection to access the internet. It’ll then allow you to access the internet through your phone, without the need for wires or bluetooth or anything complex like that – you just have to do a scan for wireless networks and connect. Nice.
FON is an organisation with the noble goal of sharing wireless internet access with everyone. The idea is that if users offer up access to their wireless internet to other FON users, then to reciprocate, you’ll be able to access the internet too from every other FON user’s connection. This is actually taking off – BT’s home broadband users can already be a part of it, offering free Openzone access to FON participants.
So, can you figure out the news based on these two pieces of information?
That’s right, they’ve partnered and come up with some new software that’ll allow people to share their mobile phone internet connection as part of FON. Presumably this will mean that if you’ve got your laptop out in the proximity of a “Joikuspot”, you’ll be able to put in your FON login credentials and you’ll be able to use up someone else’s mobile phone bandwidth. Excellent.