April 17, 2008 posted by Mike Puchol
You can now use your Nokia N95, N82, E61 or any other WiFi enabled Nokia phone to connect to commercial hotspots or Whisher shared hotspots around the world. Following our philosphy of integrating instead of introducing a new user experience, we have turned Whisher into a plugin for the Nokia WiFi menu.
How does it work?
Simply start your web browser or any other application that connects to the Internet, and you will see “1Click Whisher” in the connection menu. Select it to see which signals are compatible! The Whisher logo shows Whisher shared hotspots, the $ logo shows commercial hotspots.
In addition to the connection, we added some other cool features:
- Automatic connection: chose this option to let the Whisher plugin automatically chose the best available network. When you chose the “1Click Whisher” signal, it will scan for WiFi networks in the vicinity and connect automatically.
- Virtual Signal: You can set up “1Click Whisher” as the default access point in all applications. With the automatic mode, it will allow you to connect in a seamless way, without having to care about hunting for WiFi.
To download the Whisher plugin, simply point your mobile phone to http://nokia.whisher.com - the installation will start automatically. If you want to download the installation file to your computer instead, you can visit our download page, where you will also find versions of the Whisher plugin for Windows and Mac. If you are a first time user, you can create a new account by registering here, or if you already have an account for one of our desktop plugins, you can use it on your Nokia too.
Free WiFi for beta testers!
The product is still in beta and we are looking for feedbacks and bug reports. If you want to be a beta tester, we will give you free WiFi at all our partner hotspots in exchange. If you are interested, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Nokia Beta Testing” in the subject line.
March 26, 2008 posted by Mike Puchol
Red Herring today announced that Whisher was named a Finalist of Red Herring 100 Europe, an award given to the top 100 private technology companies based in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region each year.
We’re thrilled to be given this recognition and are looking forward to continue working hard to make Whisher even better and worthy of higher awards.
Whisher was already finalist in CNET’s Webware 100 awards and proudly listed as one of the Top Ten Startups to watch by Laptop Magazine.
February 29, 2008 posted by Mike Puchol
We need beta testers for our Windows XP and Mac WiFi plugins. We will give away WiFi Out credit, so that you can connect for free at thousands of commercial hotspots all around the world, including the best hotel chains, airports, coffee shops and so on. We are literally everywhere, thanks to our roaming agreements with operators like Swisscom, BT Openzone, AT&T, Wayport, and many more.
Please take a look at our coverage maps, and if you’re ready to check how easy it is to connect to those hotspots around you, just send us an email at info at whisher dot com.
WiFi Out is like Skype Out, but instead of voice minutes it gives you WiFi access minutes. It works as a plugin, which embeds nicely into your operating system, and allows automatic access to both commercial hotspots and shared hotspots (those contributed by the people).
We look forward to giving you truly free WiFi!
January 31, 2008 posted by Mike Puchol
We are preparing to release a brand-new, fully revised version of Whisher with some exciting features, and this will cause some inevitable downtime on our servers, while we prepare them for the new release. Thus, from 18:00 CET today to around 12:00 CET February 1st (tomorrow), your clients may not function correctly. This does not affect any data, only the operational servers, so you don’t need to worry about losing your accounts or shared hotspots. The downtime may also affect our website, but only for a shorter period of time.
September 7, 2007 posted by Mike Puchol
A new cool Twitter feature for Whisher will be released in a couple of days. Every time you change your WiFi location and/or status, Whisher will automatically post an update to Twitter with the name and location where you are connected. For example, you get to the office, open your laptop, and Whisher goes online - since Whisher knows where you are, it will post an update to Twitter automatically.
Obviously you will have the option to disable this feature in your preferences. Isn’t this a great way to let everybody know where to find good WiFi connections, while letting them know what you are doing? We’d love to hear about other things you would like to see in these automated updates - this is just the beginning!
Our Beta Testers will be able to use this new feature as of today, and as soon as they give us the OK will pass it on to all of you.
September 4, 2007 posted by Mike Puchol
We’ve made it! Whisher 2.0 is now available for download here, in our super cool new site. Right now Windows XP, Mac OS X and Linux versions are available…and hopefully Windows Vista by next Friday - Microsoft makes it very hard for developers on their shiny new OS.
What’s new? Well, a lot, which is the main reason why we haven’t had summer holidays this year…but it was worth it!
First of all the application is much more stable than previous versions. There are still minor issues to fix, and the occasional crash, but we are counting on the precious help of our active beta testers team to solve them. Secondly, we have pretty exciting new features, the most remarkable being:
- Guided process for easy and automatic WiFi sharing, WiFi tagging and connectivity to other hotspot networks.
- Integration of multiple instant messaging platforms: GoogleTalk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ and AIM, all integrated in the same interface.
- Twitter: yes, you can also send and receive tweets directly on Whisher. We’re not completely sure, as there always seems to be some hidden lab somewhere working on pretty much anything, but this is probably the first cross platform Twitter application ever.
- Catch up with your friends: check your online address books and find out if your friends are already on Whisher, and optionally invite them if they are missing out on the fun.
- Better usability on the online coverage maps; have fun seeing how Whisher spreads all over the world. We bet you to find a country without Whisher presence.
On top of all this, geolocation of buddies, notification balloons, sounds, LAN support, faster file transfer…we’ve added so much that we encourage you to download the software and join us in the effort of creating The World’s Largest Free WiFi Network.
Said all this, we wish you a nice WiFi experience and very much look forward to your feedback.
The Whisher Team.
June 5, 2007 posted by Mike Puchol
It has been just over four months of very hard work, listening to users, adding features, implementing changes, and generally improving Whisher, but we’ve done it! A private beta program is set to start in a few days, and we are looking for users to participate in it. In general terms, we are looking for the following - you must:
- be knowledgeable in WiFi technologies and networking, we’re not asking for gurus, but we need people who know what an SSID is
- have at least one laptop computer with WiFi, be it a PC with Windows or a Mac. A desktop with a USB or PCI WiFi adapter is also good.
- have at least one WiFi access point or router, and be knowledgeable in its configuration and management.
- be willing to test a software application and report frequently and consistently using an online bug tracking platform (don’t worry, it’s dead easy to use!).
As part of the beta testing program, we will offer two prizes, one for the most active tester, and another randomly drawn amongst all participants. The prize for each winner consists of a Linksys WRT300N Wireless-N router and a matching WUSB300N Wireless-N USB adapter, so that you can enjoy up to 12 times more transfer speed than normal 802.11G technology, and up to 4 times more range!
If you feel like you can make a difference, please contact the beta team at email@example.com today! We will give you more details about how the program will play out, and get you started. Beta testers will also have access to a private area of the Whisher Forums to exchange experiences, make comments and participate in the beta program. Please include a brief description of your experience and equipment so that we may better evaluate your application.