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…AT&T can be hacked for free WiFi?

iPhone AT&T Hack

AT&T is (finally) offering free WiFi to its iPhone and Blackberry customers, and with a few easy/clever modifications to your laptop’s browser, you can enjoy that free web access on the big screen as well.

You’ll still need an AT&T account to use the hack, since you have to log in with that account to activate the service, but that’s a small price to pay for the extra access.

[UNEASYsilence – Free AT&T WiFi]

…It’s Things Thursday: FON?

Starbucks Fonero

Last week I mentioned the FON free router giveaway, but this week I’m going to dive a little deeper into the service that is FON. FON is “the world’s largest WiFi community”. The service works like this: Members share their wireless Internet access at home, and in return, can get free WiFi access through any of the other Fonero Access Points.

Linus Bill Alien

There are two ways of sharing your Internet. Either you’re a Linus, and you share your WiFi in exchange for free WiFi from other users, or you’re a Bill, and you sell your WiFi by the day and split the profits with FON (you can also be an Alien and pay for the FON service, but who wants to do that?). The La Fonera router is a special kind of router that outputs two signals. One is a private signal that you can use just for yourself for a secure connection that you don’t have to share. The other is a public signal that other Fon users and Aliens can access. You can even personalize the page that other Foneros see when they log onto your FON Access Point, telling them a little about yourself, your local area, or just to say “hi” to other members. Since the service gets better and better as more people sign on and share their Internet, FON has been running a series of promotions lately to give away free Fonero routers to just about anyone who wants one. Their latest promotion is called Fonbucks, where “FON + Starbucks = cash for you”. It works like this: If you live above or near a Starbucks (or any café/coffee shop) they’ll send you a free router that you can use to steal some of Starbucks’ wireless revenue with. Users pay $2 per day (much less than the $10 that Starbucks charges for a single day), and you receive $1 of that in return. It’s a definite win-win, a hopefully a good way of spreading the “movimiento” (movement). If you’re interested in free WiFi, or making some cash off of sharing your own, then definitely check out FON, because the more users the better.

Bonus: I’ve got a free La Fonero router to give away to one lucky DYH reader. If you want it, just say so in the comments, and I’ll pick out one comment at random and send a router your way. It’s Fontastic.


[FON – Fonbucks]

…Fon is giving away free anniversary routers?


Fon, the world’s largest WiFi community, is celebrating its one year anniversary by giving away 10,000 free “la fonera” routers. These are free as in free too, with no shipping or taxing trickery involved. The idea behind Fon is that you set up your Fon router so that any Fon user can access it, and then you are given access to every other Fon user’s router in return. It’s definitely a cool concept, and with 70,000 routers already in use, there’s a good chance there’s already one near you. Hurry with your order though, supplies are limited.

[Fon’s First Anniversary]

[Via: Gizmodo]

…Microsoft and T-Mobile are giving away free HotSpot access?

T-Mobile HotSpot

With the launch of Vista, T-Mobile and the ‘Soft have partnered up to give away three months of free HotSpot service to anyone who upgrades. The free service relies on a pretty weak verification scheme to check for the upgrade though, so with a little easy hacking, you too can enjoy free wireless, courtesy of T-Mobile. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Download Firefox (You should be using this anyways)
  • Download the Firefox entension User Agent Switcher
  • Restart Firefox and go to: Tools > User Agent Switcher > Options > Options…
  • Click “User Agents” and then “Add”
  • Fill out the window with following info:
      Description: Internet Explorer 7 (Windows Vista)
      User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)
      App Name: Microsoft Internet Explorer
      App Version: 4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)
      Platform: Win32
  • Save, go to Tools > User Agent Switcher > Then click the newly added one.
  • Browse over to and you should be redirected to a trial sign-up page.

Note: This isn’t guaranteed to work (You may need to be using a Mac), but if it does, hooray for you!

[Via: UNEASYsilence]

…The Wave Bubble is an open source jammer?

Wave Bubble

After going to one too many movies where the other patrons feel it’s necessary to tell their friends via cell phone about how the movie is going during the movie, I only wish I had the electronic skills necessary to put together my own Wave Bubble, a self-tuning, wide-bandwidth portable RF jammer. It’s the size of a pack of cigarettes, has an effective range of approximately 20 feet, and can jam cell, cordless phone, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more. Plus, it’s an open source project, so if you’ve got the skills, you can make your own. Jamtastic.

[Wave Bubble]

[Via: MAKE: Blog]