La Fonera free in Germany & Austria October 19, 2006
As of today, La Fonera is completely free in Germany and Austria including free shipping. Short term goal is to create the largest WiFi network in these countries. Currently T-Mobile is the market leader with 4500 APs vs. 3000 FON hotspots. Martin Varsavsky just blogged that FON had 1800 orders only today and only in Germany. It is very likely that FON will reach their goal in a matter of weeks or months, the bottleneck seems to be the pace of fullfillment (import, shipping). If this works it could be a model for other countries as well. I am still convinced New York City (Manhattan to be precise) would be an excellent place to push FON as residential and commercial areas (incl. bars, cafés, restaurants) are completely mixed and thus chances are much higher you reach potential Aliens with your FON hotspot.