THIS ONLY REALLY APPLIES TO PEOPLE USING BT BROADBAND, OR BUYING A SECOND HAND ROUTER THAT WAS ORIGINALLY ISSUED BY BT.
Recently I posted a thread about the FON broadband sharing network - the link that covers details is in the THIRD post, along with a link to the map where you can check your postcode to see if you share without realising. (It was meant to be the first post, but the phone went before I got a chance to add the links! - sorry)
Posts and rep have come back such as...
"Thanks for the info on BT. Bunch of chancers!"
"I suspect many recent BT customers are unaware if they are sharing their wifi
That's stunning, there's no way the occupiers of the points indicated in my little village road are meaning to share their connection this way! Obvioulsy they didn't read the BT instructions fully!"
"Thank you for the post, HOT to you as a connection point. COLD to BT for not telling their customers they were doing this!!!!!"
So I cannot fault the FON service - it has offered me free data in may places, and at far higher speeds than mobile broadband. The savings when abroad have been massive.
HOWEVER - its clearly not right that some people are paying for a connection, and through not reading all the small print (and lets be honest almost none of us do until there is a problem) could be losing part of their connection without knowing.
This is even worse if you are on a package with a limited data transfer - and could end up PAYING for someone exceeding your limit.