AT&T Expanding Wi-Fi Hotspot Zones to Charlotte and Chicago

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    AT&T today announced the launch of a new hotspot zone located in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, providing an extra layer of coverage enabling higher data speeds while moving traffic off of the carrier's cellular network.
    The company launched its first "hotzone" in New York City's Times Square in late May and announced today that will also be deploying one in Chicago "in the coming weeks".

    In the most recent quarter, AT&T claimed 68.1 million Wi-Fi connections on its network, up more than fourfold over the 15 million connections seen in the same quarter in 2009.

    Article Link: AT&T Expanding Wi-Fi Hotspot Zones to Charlotte and Chicago
  2. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Huh, how's it working out so far in NY Square?

    I don't have an issue where I live personally with AT&T's network, but when I visit the big cities in CA, NY, and PA, I've noticed the network is a lot more flunky...
  3. macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Please put it somewhere in the Loop or by Wrigley.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2003
    I gotta think that Grant Park, especially Millennium Park, would be ripe for this. Maybe outside of Wrigley, but I think up and down Michigan Ave. would be a lot more likely first.

  5. macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    For those of you who don't know Charlotte, the location of the AT&T hotspot zone has basically NOTHING on it. No restaurants, no bars, no nightclubs, no Starbucks, nothing of interest (and yes, that includes the barely-visited NASCAR Hall of Fame).

    Let me put it this way: I have lived in downtown Charlotte for ten years and I have NEVER ONCE been on foot on South Brevard Street, even though it's less than one mile from my residence and less than a quarter-mile from my job.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    The Loop is good, but Wrigley, iPhones will cry much faster with the disappointment that is the Cubs. Loop and Grant Park are amazing places they should really concentrate on.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2007
    clayj - You REALLY need to look at this.... Couldn't agree more ! What's weird about that spot is there are two AT&T buildings anchoring the area described. Yes -it's a total dead spot for 3G, or at least it used to be. But outdoor wifi won't help, there's nobody to use it!

    The link above is to a post about the weird site selection. And has photos I took showing the AT&T buildings and lack of 3G.
  8. macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Seriously, Brevard Street is probably THE most worthless street in downtown Charlotte (by which I mean in close proximity to the Square, not just inside I-277). It's like a back alley to the rest of downtown.

    If AT&T wanted to do something useful, they'd've put the WiFi in at the EpiCentre or around the Square/along Tryon Street from 2nd/MLK to 7th.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    AT&T Wifi hotspots are useless. They are limited (only a handful of establishments in my area that offer this, and they are few in between), and it's not even encrypted.
  10. macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2006
    North Texas
    I guess this is good news if you live in Charlotte or Chicago. I don't, so its not really something to get excited about. Time they get around to doing this in my city, it will be old technology... :(
  11. macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2007
    Sprint 4g or Clear 4g ftw
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    I'm sure a big reason there have been so many wi-fi connections this year, compared to last, is the startup of McDonald's free access. I've used this A LOT, even while waiting in line at the drive-thru (passenger, of course). ;)
  13. macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2009
    Chicago, IL

    Chicago "in the coming weeks". Lollapalooza will be at Grant Park in less than 2 weeks. Pretty please AT&T make it Grant Park.
  14. macrumors member


    Apr 26, 2010
    In Trasnic
    I work as a video director at Lolla (AT&T used to be our client) and AT&T usually beefs up their presence in Chicago during Lolla to handle the extra load.
  15. macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2007
    If they've only made it up to places beginning with 'Ch' it's going to take 'em a while.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2010
    Rock Ridge
    As stated before, if you live in Charlotte it isn't reason to get excited.

    The only thing in that area is parking lots, and a couple of restaurants. The hot zone is great if you suddenly need to get online outside the Nascar Hall of Fame or the Convention Center. In other words, it's an area no one gives a crap about.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2007
    Not Wrigley...

    The clear choice will be downtown, north Mich/Navy Pier.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2007

    Forget the phone, watch the music. :cool:
  19. macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    Agreed. If anything they should give the sox consideration considering they're the BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL in the last 6 weeks. U.S. Cellular Field should have an AT&T hotspot. Service there is pretty poor, for data at least.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2007
    My guess will be with Grand Park, seeing how AT&T already provided free Wi-Fi at the Taste of Chicago this year. As jammybastard already noted, AT&T was beefing up presence for Lollapalooza over the years. When AT&T beefed up service, they literally had mobile carts with antennas around Grant Park. Difference during the Taste of Chicago this year? There were no mobile carts visible except for signs advertising free Wi-Fi courtesy of AT&T. Maybe sign of things to come? A pilot program?
  21. macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Time to update this list:

    21. AT&T expands WiFi hotspot in Chicago. Cubs fans get to hear their team lose on the MLB At Bat app. :D
  22. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This hurts my heart.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2007
    Does anyone know who's technology is being used? EG Ruckus or someone else?
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    22. White Sox wins another world series in 2010 :cool::p


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