With so many posts on here about WiFi I wanted to contribute by writing an updated guide on our blog which covers the main points of interest about the free FON scheme. I know that some BT Broadband customers have struggled to get online when in Europe but included in the post is a verified fix which once completed can see your BT login credentials finally being accepted abroad.
If you've heard of FON you'll probably know it's a large network of free co-operative WiFi hotspots across the UK and Europe. The network has grown to almost 13,000,000 hotspots now available to members, with Greece recently added in the form of telecoms provider OTE. If you're a BT Broadband customer you will already get access as part of your package, but if you're not you can still join for a one off charge of £34 by sharing a little of your home broadband using a FON Box.
With a WiFi booster you greatly increase your chance of being able to locate and connect to a FON hotspot, hence why we continue to recommend FON. While experience varies, on the whole people have great reports for getting online in France through SFR. However this information is relevant to everyone regardless of what device you may own.
The Definitive Guide to FON and BT WiFi
I hope this information is of use to fellow Wild Campers
I understand the system (I think) where you need to be registered to allow connection to other members fon boxes, so how does the ebay version work?
Thanks for this - I have the i Boost system and find it invaluable when touring. Had issues with BT WiFi in Holland last year but will follow your instructions in France and hope we get "logged in"
I purchased a booster from the motorhome show at Cheshire last year costing £150? Then I purchased a Fon for £34?
And I feel I have not well defiantly not had my monies worth in Britian
I have not been able to find hot spots
Well I have when at home gone round the corner in my car and picked up a Fon but I didn't need my booster.
When in the m/h using the booster I have picked up other users but they are locked
A few years ago I tried to connect at the St Malo terminal which was provided by the local Chambers of Commerce. Log in required a mobile phone number in order to text password, as is at my local MacDs, but for some reason I never got a result. Lady on one of the ferry terminals said this was a frequent problem. Hopefully problem has been resolved as up the road at Oustreham terminal just a straight log in.
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