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Old May 25, 2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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AT&T Launches Major Wi-Fi Hotspot in New York City's Times Square






AT&T today announced that it is rolling out a large new Wi-Fi hotspot in New York City's busy Times Square, offering users of the company's congested cellular networks a new option for routing traffic in the area.
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AT&T today announced the launch of an AT&T Wi-Fi "hotzone" in New York City's bustling Times Square, providing coverage for many AT&T customers visiting and residing in New York who use Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops, netbooks and other devices. The new Wi-Fi coverage zone is a pilot deployment to explore the use of Wi-Fi to provide an additional mobile broadband option in areas with consistently high 3G traffic and mobile data use.
The press release notes that coverage is generally available in the north central portion of Times Square, near 7th Avenue between West 45th and West 47th Streets.

Access to the Wi-Fi hotspot is available free of charge to nearly 32 million AT&T customers with qualifying phone, laptop, or high-speed Internet plans.
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With this pilot AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone, we're examining new ways to combine our Wi-Fi and 3G networks to help ensure that AT&T customers in Times Square always have a fast mobile broadband connection to do what matters most to them. It's another example of how AT&T is exploring the ideal blend of technologies to maximize the mobile experience for our customers in New York City.
AT&T has been making major investments in its network infrastructure, particularly in Manhattan and San Francisco where high demand has made it difficult for the carrier to keep up. Recent studies have shown that AT&T customers have been seeing generally improved data performance as a result of the company's efforts, but that voice performance continues to trail that of competing carriers.

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Old May 25, 2010, 11:40 AM   #2
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Hopefully the wifi will be fast and not have some log in thing you have to use every time you get near the area.
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Old May 25, 2010, 11:56 AM   #3
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Hopefully the wifi will be fast and not have some log in thing you have to use every time you get near the area.
agreed. those are a pain to deal with
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Old May 25, 2010, 12:01 PM   #4
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Stupid question:

Can I only use this free Wi-Fi on my iPhone or can I use it on my laptop as well (being an AT&T customer)?
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Old May 25, 2010, 12:07 PM   #5
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Stupid question:

Can I only use this free Wi-Fi on my iPhone or can I use it on my laptop as well (being an AT&T customer)?
from what i have heard and seen at least in my area is any wireless device can connect. so yes you can use your laptop
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Old May 25, 2010, 12:13 PM   #6
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I wonder what the star after the Starbucks means?

Maybe it means only select locations based on franchise owner discretion. I'll go look it up in the original...
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Old May 25, 2010, 12:22 PM   #7
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I wonder what the star after the Starbucks means?

Maybe it means only select locations based on franchise owner discretion. I'll go look it up in the original...
The article they linked to doesn't even have that logo on the page, nor does it have the word "Starbucks." I know the Starbucks in my area are not free to AT&T customers.

Why the heck are you putting that logo on the story MacRumors? It has nothing to do with it.
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Old May 25, 2010, 12:44 PM   #8
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The article they linked to doesn't even have that logo on the page, nor does it have the word "Starbucks." I know the Starbucks in my area are not free to AT&T customers.

Why the heck are you putting that logo on the story MacRumors? It has nothing to do with it.
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I wonder what the star after the Starbucks means?

Maybe it means only select locations based on franchise owner discretion. I'll go look it up in the original...
It is actually an image from the AT&T wifi page. It is the second image of three in that box thing.

The * means= "Wi-Fi at Starbucks available at U.S. company-operated Starbucks locations equipped with a hotspot."
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Old May 25, 2010, 12:57 PM   #9
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Our 3G network is not even close to what our advertisements are saying so lets just do a wifi thingy rite before the NEW iPhone is released
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Old May 25, 2010, 01:32 PM   #10
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Our 3G network is not even close to what our advertisements are saying so lets just do a wifi thingy rite before the NEW iPhone is released
Not surprised...They provide this service at no additional cost and people complain or make cynical remarks anyway.
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Old May 25, 2010, 01:51 PM   #11
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Our 3G network is not even close to what our advertisements are saying so lets just do a wifi thingy rite before the NEW iPhone is released
ok then dont use the wifi. o and new york is the only place with a prob cause of traffic. im pretty sure new york isnt the only place people live.
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Old May 25, 2010, 01:52 PM   #12
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You know how to solve voice connect issues? Turn it off.

Use VoIP. Allow VoIP. Make it the default option.

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For every major metro area which is jammed. You are 30 days to "problem solved" at a tiny fraction of the cost of any alternative. Tell them Rocketman sent you.
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great. now all of our terrorists will be able to check facebook before planting amateurish bombs.
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Old May 25, 2010, 02:12 PM   #14
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great. now all of our terrorists will be able to check facebook before planting amateurish bombs.
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Old May 25, 2010, 02:21 PM   #15
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This is just more proof that the new iPhone will not work with 3G iChat.
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Well technically the free Wi-Fi on iPhone's is old news. Because they have offered this for a long time. The only new part is the Wi-Fi hotspot in times square.
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Old May 25, 2010, 02:56 PM   #17
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Wow. People will have their accounts hacked big-time if they do sensitive transactions in public. Especially if they just log in from browsers.
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Old May 25, 2010, 03:02 PM   #18
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Makes you wonder more about why we're paying $30 for a data plan.
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Old May 25, 2010, 03:17 PM   #19
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^ It's so you can have access to hot spots like this one.
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Old May 25, 2010, 04:48 PM   #20
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I was in Times Square on Easter and they already had a free Times Square WiFi. Is this news just because AT&T now has their name on it?
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Wow. People will have their accounts hacked big-time if they do sensitive transactions in public. Especially if they just log in from browsers.
It's a risk people take, but this is nothing new. It's not the first WiFi hotspot.
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When wifi came out the open hacker community was suggesting Pringle's can antennas to provide free wifi within 300 feet of each and every broadband connection on the basis that if everyone did it nobody could be enforced against for sharing their connection.

Maybe it is time to amend the ISP TOS to simply allow free wifi sharing.

It will slightly harm each connection but overall help us globally.

If they don't edit the TOS, a Pringle's can wifi antenna costs about $10 in parts and has no way to be enforced against. Either omnidirectional or directional are very easy indeed.

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Any chance AT&T will be installing one of these near the Weavers' red barn in the unincorporated part of Cornfield, Iowa any time soon?

(As soon as the gravel road turns into a dirt road, it's about half a mile past the wooden water tower)
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Old May 26, 2010, 04:46 AM   #24
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If At&t would wake up and enable UMA like tmo does, that would help mitigate congestion on their cellular network as well.
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Old May 27, 2010, 12:00 AM   #25
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The Times Square wi-fi is useless. I was talking on my phone on the M104 bus this morning right at 48th St and 7th Ave when BAM! Call failed. Unbelievable that after THREE YEARS and counting, AT&T still can't get a stable cell reception in a 8-block radius. What a joke.
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