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13-03-2012, 11:37 AM
RE: Homeless Wi-fi Hotspots
(13-03-2012 11:33 AM)Hughsie Wrote:  
(13-03-2012 10:02 AM)bemore Wrote:  I wonder how many people would be happy giving there paypal details to a complete stranger..... especially a homeless person (not that homeless people are all bad its just people stereotype etc etc)

I wonder how much the 4G units retail at??? Wink

I'm assuming they wouldn't give the details to the homeless person.

The article wasn't overly specific but I would guess that it would work just like anywhere else that charges you for wi-fi. You wouldn't actually need to speak to the person at all if you didn't want. You would just log on, pay and browse. The money would go to the company running the scheme and they would then pay it back to the homeless people.

That's what I'm guessing anyway.

-- if they had a portable wi-fi that was locked why could I not just hand him cash and he give me the password?

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13-03-2012, 08:06 PM
RE: Homeless Wi-fi Hotspots
(12-03-2012 09:30 PM)Hughsie Wrote:  This news report has to be one of the funniest I've ever read. Apparently a company in Texas is piloting a scheme that uses homeless people as wi-fi hotspots. The person is fitted with a mini 4G device and is then free to continue with their day. Any person in range of them who wants to use the wi-fi pays $2 for 15 minutes via paypal.

Strange thing is that I think as long as the homeless people get a decent share of the profits (and actually take it seriously) it could be a decent idea. According to the report the homeless person gets to keep all the money they make.

Gotta say though the whole thing really does make me laugh Big Grin.

Yah, I wonder how much that company in texas plans to sell those devices to the govt for? 2 or 3 hundred times market value?
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14-03-2012, 01:26 AM
RE: Homeless Wi-fi Hotspots
(13-03-2012 11:37 AM)k37713 Wrote:  -- if they had a portable wi-fi that was locked why could I not just hand him cash and he give me the password?

... Or use wifiway... Big Grin

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20-03-2012, 09:02 AM (This post was last modified: 20-03-2012 09:17 AM by Filox.)
RE: Homeless Wi-fi Hotspots
Did it cross your mind that maybe this homeless guy can sell the whole wifi equipment for much more money than just rent it for small change?

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And then you can sue him, his address is Nowhere Nohow 00 street, right next to FU avenue...

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25-03-2012, 01:50 AM
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I really didn't read much, so I don't know if they do or not but I think it'd be beneficial if the money spent to spend time on the WiFi went to the homeless community.

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25-03-2012, 10:47 AM
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(25-03-2012 01:50 AM)Misenhelter Wrote:  I really didn't read much, so I don't know if they do or not but I think it'd be beneficial if the money spent to spend time on the WiFi went to the homeless community.
Apparently the homeless person gets to keep all the money they make.

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28-03-2012, 12:54 PM
RE: Homeless Wi-fi Hotspots
(25-03-2012 01:50 AM)Misenhelter Wrote:  I really didn't read much, so I don't know if they do or not but I think it'd be beneficial if the money spent to spend time on the WiFi went to the homeless community.
Maybe in the short term, but not in the long term.

Sounds like a scam orchestrated by some corporation to me though.
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29-03-2012, 05:33 PM
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(28-03-2012 12:54 PM)Antirepublican Wrote:  
(25-03-2012 01:50 AM)Misenhelter Wrote:  I really didn't read much, so I don't know if they do or not but I think it'd be beneficial if the money spent to spend time on the WiFi went to the homeless community.
Maybe in the short term, but not in the long term.

Sounds like a scam orchestrated by some corporation to me though.

Yep. Nowhere in the world is there a company with good intentions.

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29-03-2012, 09:01 PM (This post was last modified: 29-03-2012 09:32 PM by Antirepublican.)
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(29-03-2012 05:33 PM)germanyt Wrote:  
(28-03-2012 12:54 PM)Antirepublican Wrote:  Maybe in the short term, but not in the long term.

Sounds like a scam orchestrated by some corporation to me though.
Yep. Nowhere in the world is there a company with good intentions.
That is certainly true. Corporations are the epitome of evil in this world.

Sort of like apple and steve jobs the slave driver, ohhh I mean genius entrepreneur, that recently died.
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