Have Helium actually solved the paradox of bootstrapping initial distribution of a purportedly decentralized network token from a tiny, necessarily centralized sponsoring body* to the much wider class of eventual user-adopters such that conditions do not favor enabling the former group's outsize leverage over the float to permanently manipulate the chart price - thus purchasing power - of the latter groups "earnings"?
* whether this means "the devs", "the miners" or their equivalent manifestations in this system - colluding node cliques generating high-volume fake-traffic loads maybe.
But you know what's missing from their website? Where I can buy a transmitter retail to test my hotspot. Maybe you've got to build it yourself and if that's the case technical details like the frequency or a schematic would be helpful.
Lots of times the first people to buy something new when there's no existing base are the hobbyists.