April 4, 2006 on 12:00 am | In News | No Comments
WifiTastic Converts Wireless Networks Into Public WiFi Hotspots
BETA Program Lets Broadband Subscribers Generate Additional Revenue
OAHU, HI — (MARKET WIRE) — 04/03/2006 — WifiTastic, LLC. today introduced its public BETA program. WifiTastic enables broadband subscribers to create a revenue-generating hotspot providing high-speed, wireless Internet access to users of WiFi-ready laptops, PCs, Macs and PDAs. BETA testers can register now at www.WifiTastic.com.
By setting up a commercial hotspot, owners can earn money by charging people in the vicinity of their wireless router to connect for a fixed hourly, daily or monthly fee. While the company provides a suggested pricing model, WifiTastic owners can determine their own rates. Users can connect to the router, pay by credit card, and then access the Internet. WifiTastic handles the billing and returns 60% of the proceeds directly to the hotspot owner.
“WifiTastic is the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to set up a secure, reliable commercial WiFi hotspot,” said David Sidrane, Co-Founder of WifiTastic. “Instead of providing advertising-supported WiFi access, we’re letting any broadband users earn money by securely sharing their high speed access. Whether it’s with neighbors at home or work, or offering Internet in their cafÃ©, bar, or hotel, WifiTastic, for the first time, makes it practical for anyone to operate a WiFi hotspot.”
Currently, the service is compatible with the Linksys WRT54G router. Users can simply purchase a pre-configured router or update their existing Linksys router by downloading and installing a free firmware update from WifiTastic.
As part of the beta promotion, the Linksys WRT54GL router is available directly from WifiTastic for free*. The BETA program is expected to last through May 2006.
WifiTastic was founded in September, 2005 by David Sidrane of SmartPhoneTools.com and TreoBits.com and Rob Jonson of HobbyistSoftware.com. The co-founders identified an opportunity to help broadband subscribers monetize their connections while expanding the reach and availability for WiFi coverage. The company is dedicated to providing easy, affordable, and secure commercial hotspots. The result is WifiTastic, an all inclusive solution that combines access and payment processing for WiFi users in the vicinity of the hotspot. For more information, please visit www.WifiTastic.com.
* After owners generate $250 in total sales, WifiTastic will, in addition to the commission already paid, send an additional $80 to cover the cost of the router.