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1. What is #dot:dot?

#dot:dot is a marketplace that enables the peer-to-peer, anonymous and secure sharing of unused gigabytes of mobile internet access.

2. How does #dot:dot work?

#dot:dot works thanks to a small WIFI emitter called a #dot, which is paired with the cell phone of the person sharing their gigabytes of mobile internet access. An account must be created on the #dot:dot application to perform this pairing: the box then creates, within a 100-meter radius of the transmitter, a 2.4 GHz WiFi that appears as "#dot:dot" in the WiFi settings of any smartphone in the vicinity. Without knowing who the source of the emission is, any user with a validated account on the #dot:dot app can connect to this #dot:dot network in return for a transaction, free or paid - at the discretion of the sharing user - carried out in the app.

3. Do I need to buy a #dot device to use #dot:dot?

Yes, if you're more of a "#doter" and want to share your unused Gigabytes of mobile internet access

Not if you're "#dotee" and want unrestricted access to the Internet, paying only for the Gigabytes you actually use, on demand.

4. It's like "connection sharing ++": why do I need the #dot? Why not a "simple" app without a box?

Only the #doter needs a #dot to share their Gigabytes: a #dotee doesn't need one, they only need the #dot:dot application to benefit from the #dot:dot network

For a #doter, using the #dot offers several unique advantages:

Anonymity of sharing and transactions: while many users are interested in sharing their Gigas of Internet access, few want to do so face-to-face. Simply sharing a connection requires you to communicate your password, and therefore cannot be done anonymously. This would require access to layers of software in the phone that are not accessible to application developers.

Range: between 100 and 150 meters, depending on the #dot model (with or without an external antenna), far greater than the 20 to 25 meters of a connection shared directly from a smartphone, where anonymity is uncertain.

5. What advantages does #dot:dot offer?

For a #doter, #dot:dot lets #doters share Gigas that would be wasted at the end of the month anyway. If these Gigas are sold, they reduce the cost of their mobile subscription

For a #dotee, #dot:dot allows you to restrict your mobile Internet access budget to what's strictly necessary, without the pressure of a subscription that you never use up completely, or the pressure of knowing "how many Gigas you're going to need" - in other words, an "on-demand" offer that doesn't exist on the mobile Internet market today.

6. I'm a #doter: can I set the selling price of my Gigas?

No, the selling price of shared Gigas is fixed at 1 Euro per Giga (in France), and this price cannot be modified in the application

On the other hand, each #doter can choose to share their Gigas free of charge: an option in the app allows this decision to be made. In all cases, the quantity of Gigas shared remains fixed by the #doter.

7. How much throughput can I expect on WiFi #dot:dot? Do I still have throughput for myself if I'm connected to my #dot?

The maximum throughput of a #dot is currently 15 MBps (Megabits per second). To prevent the #dots from having too low a throughput, we limit the number of #dots per #dot to 3. Knowing that you can retrieve your e-mails at as little as 1 MBps, watch a video on YouTube in SD at as little as 3 MBps and a movie on Netflix in HD at as little as 7 MBps, the speed of the #dot:dot network is sufficient for many use cases

As the speed of a 4G or 5G connection is in the range of 50 to 150 MBps, there's usually enough throughput left on the #doter's phone for sharing to go unnoticed on their phone.

8. Is #dot:dot secure?

Yes, #dot:dot is designed with security in mind. Baseline, it's a network with WPA3 encryption

No data is shared between the #doter and the #dotee: what is shared is the #doter’s right to access the Internet, via the shared connection between the #doter’s smartphone and their #dot. A #doter never shares data – in particular personal data – with anyone connected to their #dot, and a #dotee never shares data – in particular personal data – with the #doter when connecting to their #dot.

9. What about my personal data? Can someone connect to my phone via my #dot and pretend to be me?

The #doter and #dotee each identify themselves with the #dot:dot cloud to authenticate, but neither the #doter's smartphone, the #dotee's smartphone, nor even the #dot are trusted third parties. Only the cloud is trusted, so #dot:dot users benefit from one of the most secure clouds available today

The authentication procedure is such that #dot:dot is immune to the most common types of hacking like Man-in-the-Middle, unlike most public WiFi’s: for a #dotee, it is safer to connect to a #dot than to a public WiFi!

A #dotee's smartphone never "talks" to your smartphone: it uses the specific channel of your smartphone's shared connection to access the Internet, so the level of security is the same as if you were sharing your connection directly

No, no one can "hide" behind my #dot: as you'll easily see when you create your account on the #dot:dot application, you're not asked for anything apart from your mobile number: no name, no email, no address and no phone number. We have no way of knowing who you are, and we won't ask. This mobile number serves two purposes:

• It certifies that it is indeed your number that is connected and that it is registered in the #dot:dot cloud database, and therefore able to carry out transactions

• It enables us to comply with the anti-terrorism law, just like any mobile operator: information on connexions to #dot’s is kept for a maximum period of one year. At the request of the police authorities, we must provide the telephone number of a connection and the location of the #dot to which this number was connected and/or the number of the owner of a #dot.

10. How long does the battery last on the #dot device?

The #dot device has a buffer battery that provides 24 hours of continuous use. In intermittent use, i.e. around 1 to 2 hours a day, a #dot has a battery life of around ten days. It can be easily recharged via its USB-C plug.

11. How can I become a #doter?

To become a #doter, simply purchase a #dot and create an account on the #dot:dot application, indicating the amount of data you wish to share, and your availability.

12. How can I become a #dotee and connect to the internet?

As soon as you see a #dot:dot WiFi network nearby (do not forget that #dot:dot is presently under the 2.4GHz band only for the moment! Check whether your phone natively sees such networks), you can connect to it. You'll be directed to the #dot:dot application, where you can buy the megabytes or gigabytes you need, using the money reserve of your wallet. The amount in your wallet has no time limit. The amount actually billed to you is decided when the connection is interrupted, for whatever reason, according to the number of Gigas you have actually used.

13. How are users billed when they connect to my #dot? When and how do I get paid?

#dotees are billed at the end of the connection to your #dot, only for the amount of data they have actually consumed

The amount billed is credited to your wallet, so you can see that your connection has actually been shared!

On the 28th of each month, we draw up a statement and transfer to your bank account - usually on the 1st or 2nd of the following month - the amounts credited to your wallet since the 28th of the previous month.

14. Where can I buy a #dot and find out more about #dot:dot?

You can buy a #dot on the official #dot:dot website at www.dotdot.fr. For more information, visit our website or contact our customer service department.