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Fon

(Fon Wireless Ltd., Madrid, Spain, www.fon.com) A company founded in 2005 by Martin Varsavsky that sponsors a global Wi-Fi community. Fon members ("Foneros") install a special router that lets them securely share their Wi-Fi networks with other Foneros who are in the vicinity. In turn, they have free access to any other "Fon Spot" (Fon hotspot) in the world. Fon's revenue comes from non-members who pay for access, and Foneros can share in that revenue when paying users log in through their hotspots. As of 2020, there are more than 20 million Fon Spots worldwide.

Hookup is Via the Fonera Router
Joining the Fon community is accomplished by purchasing a low-cost wireless router called the "Fonera," which hooks up to the user's network. The Fonera router provides two secure wireless signals, one for the owner and the other for the public.

Linus, Bill and Alien
Linuses (as in Linus Torvalds) are Foneros who share their Fon Spots with other Foneros for free and in turn receive free access to Fon hotspots worldwide. Bills (as in Bill Gates) are Foneros who offer their Fon Spots for remuneration, and Aliens are non-members who purchase a pass from Fon for Linus or Bill hotspot usage. See Wi-Fi.
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Fon

 

(also Djedj, Dahomeans, or eastern Ewe; self-designation, Fongbe), a people related to the Ewe. The Fon inhabit the southern part of Benin and adjacent areas of Togo. Their total population, including peoples of related language and culture, such as the Adja, Mahi, and Ga, is 1.9 million (1975, estimate). Their language belongs to the Kwa family of languages. The Fon retain traditional beliefs, including ancestor worship and nature worship; a small number are Catholics. The Fon engage in tropical land cultivation, primarily the cultivation of manioc, yams, and corn, and gather the fruit of the oil palm for export.

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They shove Fon from the car and push him beneath the wooden structure.
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You sign up as a member of the FON global network (a 'Fonero'), and you can buy one of our very reasonably priced wireless routers.
Currently Fon is group vice president for Jotun Coatings, one of Jotun's four divisions.
More than a century ago, the city of Abomey, approximately eighty miles from the coast, was the capital of the Fon people's kingdom of Dahomey, At the center of the city was the king's splendid palace with noblemen and their entourages, a household with royal wives, and family groups of artists who worked for the kings.
Among his best-known poems are "Cywydd y Farn Fawr" ("Cywydd of the Great Judgment"), "Cywydd y Gem neu'r Maen Gwerthfawr" ("Cywydd of the Gem or the Precious Stone"), and "Cywydd yn ateb Huw'r Bardd Coch o Fon" ("Cywydd in Answer to Huw the Red Poet of Anglesey").
Members of Friends of Nursing (FON) and their friends and families celebrated the season December 1st at a Holiday Event at The Lakewood Country Club.
INVERNESS keeper Owain Fon Williams has reclaimed the No.1 jersey at the club and pulled off three vital saves to earn a point for his side against Queen of the South.