I have created an application/service that allows you charge people who use your phone's hotspot. It works by adding a pay-wall to your existing Android hotspot. This is similar to a hotspot that you would find in an airport or a cafe which prompts you to pay in order to use the internet, only this time, you're the one doing the charging
To try this app, install it, then run it in a public place where people would usually pay for accessing a hotspot (say a cafe), and people accessing your hotspot would be greeted with a page like this:
After signing-up and adding credit, your visitors will be able to access the internet:
As for your end, the app will let you know how many AUTHORIZED
clients are connected. "AUTHORIZED
" will mean that you are earning revenue for every-minute that the client is using your hotspot. "UNAUTHORIZED
" means that the client is still pondering whether to purchase or not
The price/hour is up to you, so if your clients keep lengering as "UNAUTHORIZED
", you might want to lower the price down from within the app's settings.
As you might expect, root permissions are required
in order to do this. In addition, your device needs to have the built-in Android hotspot. You will have no control on how much data your users consume, so even though it's not a requirement, it's recommended that you have an unlimited data plan
, or at least make sure you don't get charged per MB after you exceed your limit.
The app is free, and there is no up-front cost to use the service. The fees will simply be a percentage of your earnings.
Currently, your clients can pay you with PayPal (though they don't need a PayPal account, they can enter a credit-card directly). However, you will need a PayPal account to receive your earnings.
DOWNLOADING THE APP
Request a beta from fattin.com
I didn't release this app in the Google Play Store yet, this is because there is a back-end site/api to handle billing for your clients, and I still have no idea what real-world load to expect. So if you are willing to join and test the app, then please request a beta and I'll send you a download link. If you're on a CDMA network, that's a plus cause I've yet to test that, but it should work fine.
Any app-name suggestions are welcome, I'm drawing a blank on what to name the app in the Play Store.