FONbucks, CrossLoop local, vMix+NBC, Skype’s wireless plans

FON: The worldwide WiFi community enabler in on the move again. Today FON launched WiFi connection manager for Symbian based phones. This will enable FONeros to easily locate and connect to the FONspots from their Nokia E60, E61, E70, N80, N91, N92, N93 y N95. Another fun partnership that FON announced is with Starbucks. People living above or near a Starbucks can get a FON router for free to being streaming the signal to Starbucks patrons and start earning some real bucks. Even though universal WiFi is a dream located light years away, I like the energy and enthusiasm displayed by the FON team.

CrossLoop: Remember the free remote access client from CrossLoop I had written about last year and expressed my doubts about how long the service will remain free? After exchanging few messages with Mrinal Desai at CrossLoop, it seems they are really serious about maintaining the free version while adding premium plan with additional features pretty soon. In the meantime CrossLoop team is cranking out localized version of the client which will be available in 21 different languages from 27th Feb. Supported languages will now include Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and Hindi among others.

vMix + NBC = Friends ? At least that is what the vMix site says. Did vMix sign a deal with NBC off late? Will need to dig more into this. In case you have forgotten, vMix had raised undisclosed amount funds in its second round last month. Traffic graphs go allover Alexa/Quantcast/Compete show a bit of uptick for this month, but stagnant for the previous 6 months.

Skype: The IM voice calling king is petitioning FCC to take down the rule that enables wireless carriers to prohibit use of Skype type voice service on their networks, according to Ars Technica. Skype basically wants to get the 1968 Carterfone decision, which currently enables use of  non-carrier provided devices be hooked onto the cable TV and Internet networks at home, be extended over to the wireless world. Idea is good, but FCC loves Verizon, At&t, and all. Good luck with that. Anyway, why doesn’t Skype build a mobile client for real that doesn’t eat the network and phone, and than try spreading the word around in Europe before moving to US?



One Response to “FONbucks, CrossLoop local, vMix+NBC, Skype’s wireless plans”

  1. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Fring now on The Cloud Says:

    […] After a long-long time under intensive development, parts of which we have covered extensively at StartupSquad, Fring is finally hitting the partnership path on the public side of things. Yesterday, Fring announced that is has got together with The Cloud to create a new service that will soon enable Nokia phone owners(starting with the N95) to automatically get recognized, logged in and registered on the Cloud networks. The Cloud is one of the largest wireless broadband networks in Europe with 8,500 hotspots and has already partnered with the likes of Skype, Truphone, iPass, Telenor, and few more. Similar deals with FON and would definitely put Fring in front of the user group it needs to be right now. […]

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