Prepaid wireless FON cards for Aliens April 11, 2006
A convenient way to allow Aliens to use the FON network is by selling airtime thru prepaid wireless access cards. Sure, FON needs to focus on building up the network first but at the same time monetizing early in the process helps accelerating this. The preferred sales channels for prepaid cards are obviously retails chains and convenience stores. It probably helps that one of the funding partners of FON, Sequoia Capital also has the largest distributor of prepaid cards in their portfolio: the Green Dot Corporation. They sell thru more than 50.000 retailers including Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy, RadioShack, Walgreens, and others. Additionally, Green Dot offers financial services that allow POS recharging of prepaid cards.
Our mock-up shows how we envision the FON prepaid card to look like. Please note that we have added a "presented by" field which could be used for "Super-Bills" or retail partners of FON cards.