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Fon’s Gramofon music router ends successful Kickstarter campaign with $315,000

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Crowdsourced Wi-Fi network operator Fon successfully completed the Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming Gramofon social music router Thursday. Fon raised a total of $315,295 through the campaign, and was able to secure pre-orders of more than 4,500 Gramofon devices at varying price levels. Fon originally set out to raise at least $250,000 through Kickstarter and surpassed that goal this past weekend.

Gramofon is Fon’s take on connected audio devices: The device consists of a Wi-Fi router with an audio out port to connect to stereo systems or standalone speakers and a simple play-pause button. Playback of music is initiated with a mobile device, similar to the way users control a Sonos speaker or cast media content to a Chromecast streaming stick.

Unique about Gramofon is its social angle: Users can allow their Facebook (S FB) friends to join the Gramofon Wi-Fi network and take charge of the music program without the need to exchange any Wi-Fi passwords. Gramofon also doubles as a Fon router, meaning that users share their home internet connection with other Fon users and in turn gain free access to other Fon routers.

I first reported about Gramofon when I spotted the device in an FCC filing in March. Last month, Fon officially unveiled the device with the launch of its Kickstarter campaign. The company now wants to ship first devices to Kickstarter backers in July and begin to take pre-orders on its website as well.

3 Responses to “Fon’s Gramofon music router ends successful Kickstarter campaign with $315,000”

  1. elfonblog

    Sorry, this… “social boom box” thing just does not sound compelling. A solution in search of a problem? I can’t think of a single person I want remote-controlling the speakers on my desktop. It’s far more interesting to run a free shoutcast server taking web-based playlist requests.

    Fon is not crowdsourced. Fon is parasitic to the fools^^^^^Foneros who buy their proprietary merchandise. Fon uses Fonero’s resources to make money and lure major carriers into “partnerships” by handing free wifi access to their customers. Foneros get nothing in return 99% of the time. The real story here is that Fon can no longer depend on Google, BT, Livedoor, ZON, Neuf E-Plus, Comstar, McAfee(yep), or assorted Asian billionaires to give them “investment money” any more. Yay?

    I was Fon’s biggest English-language fan blogger before I had enough of their endless word games. We crunched the numbers and Fon turned out to be the world’s biggest web of lies. They’re a zero-sum mechanism for the executive staff to acquire a revenue stream to skim their salary out of. Blog still available at