Fon and DT’s Croatian Telecom Launch Co-Branded Extension to the World’s Largest Crowdsourced WiFi Network

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It seems that Deutsche Telekom is serious about the world’s largest crowdsourced WiFi network Fon, or at least it seems so after DT’s Croatian arm Hrvatski Telekom announced today a deal to offer co-branded Fon devices and services to its users in Croatia. It’s name: HotSpot Fon!

Fon in Croatia!

Fon in Croatia!

It seems that Deutsche Telekom is serious about the world’s largest crowdsourced WiFi network Fon, or at least it seems so after DT’s Croatian arm Hrvatski Telekom announced today a deal to offer co-branded Fon devices and services to its users in Croatia. It’s name: HotSpot Fon!

DT’s potential stake in Fon

The Wall Street Journal learnt at the end of January that Deutsche Telekom was considering a stake in Spanish WiFi network Fon, while Gigaom’s analyst Kevin Fitchard called a potential investment a “smart move”. Fitchard theorizes that Deutsche Telekom could use Fon networks to offload its 3G and 4G network.

Fon is crowdsourced, meaning you buy a WiFi device that you install on your web router, that acts as an access point to other Fon users. In return, you can access other Fon locations around the world, a total of 7 million of them.

As Hrvatski Telekom confirmed to Netocratic, their new co-branded HotSpot Fon service will be exclusively available to T-Com (fixed internet) users in Croatia who will be able to use Fon for free with their ISP login information, with the cost of the device being around $50 in the stores of Hrvatski Telekom. Other users will be able to buy vouchers to use the network.

Fon confirmed the partnership on their official blog, and Hrvatski Telekom has launched a product page for the HotSpot Fon service. The two companies also launched a localized iPhone network location app. While Croatia’s market of 4.5 million might not be big, its tourism industry offers a lot of potential for testing the service in Deutsche Telekom  backyard. While DT might not be directly linked to the new service, Croatia will surely be a good testing ground for a potential service in Germany and other markets where Germany’s biggest telecom is present.