Whisher. Public Wi-Fi services are a rip off. We all know it. Wireless broadband should be free and it should be everywhere. Well maybe services like Whisher will help break the current system and provide a genuinely useful global Wi-Fi sharing community. It’s not the first such service (FON springs to mind) but it looks to be one of the easiest to use.
Just download and install the software and bingo, you can share your Wi-Fi connection wherever you are. And in return you can share others’ connection when you roam. Now all we need is for 10 million people to install this on their Macs and PCs and we’ll be laughing. Oh and it’s very early days, so expect teething problems with the software. Shame it’s not Open Source though, guys.
WiFi sharing is tolerated by most ISPs worldwide as long as you don’t resell your Internet access, which is something we are not doing within the Whisher community. We believe that sharing your WiFi with other members of the Whisher community is the same as sharing it with your family or a visiting friend. Since at Whisher everyone has a personal profile, which you can use to get to know people visiting your WiFi, sharing becomes a social activity, rather than anonymous access to the Internet by jumping on an open connection