Living in Amsterdam, Netherlands and having backed & eagerly awaiting the Electron which ultimately relies on large telco’s, I came across LoraWan as an alternative data network: The Things Network in my city recently set up such a network at low cost, free to use and owned by the community. Check out their wiki to learn about boards supporting LoRa. Also note that The Things Network initiated a KickStarter campaign to fasttrack cheap availability of both gateways and nodes. A node does what the Electron does but hooks up through LoraWan. I am backing a node, which I hope to have by mid 2016 - and will then compare the Electron telco + dataplan approach with this one.
My question to the Particle community: how do you judge LoraWAN for non cellular IoT networks?
Apart from Smart Cities and taking things in your own hands: seems ideal for Remote Data Sensing in rural areas without 2G/3G/4G.