AT&T Launches Major Wi-Fi Hotspot in New York City's Times Square

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    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.
    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.
    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.

    Article Link: AT&T Launches Major Wi-Fi Hotspot in New York City's Times Square
  2. macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    Hopefully the wifi will be fast and not have some log in thing you have to use every time you get near the area.
  3. macrumors member


    May 22, 2010
    agreed. those are a pain to deal with
  4. macrumors 65816


    Nov 4, 2008
    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)?
  5. macrumors member


    May 22, 2010
    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
  6. macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2010
    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...
  7. macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2010
    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.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    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."
  9. macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2006
    South of the Border I-95
    Too funny

    Our 3G network is not even close to what our advertisements :eek:are saying so lets just do a wifi thingy rite before the NEW iPhone is released :D
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2009
    Not surprised...They provide this service at no additional cost and people complain or make cynical remarks anyway.
  11. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    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.
  12. macrumors 603


    You know how to solve voice connect issues? Turn it off.

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


    To AT&T:

    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.
  13. macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2007
    stillwater, ok
    great. now all of our terrorists will be able to check facebook before planting amateurish bombs.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2009
    bad joke
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2008
    This is just more proof that the new iPhone will not work with 3G iChat.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
    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.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Identity Theft Central

    Wow. People will have their accounts hacked big-time if they do sensitive transactions in public. Especially if they just log in from browsers.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    Makes you wonder more about why we're paying $30 for a data plan.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    ^ It's so you can have access to hot spots like this one.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    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? :confused:
  21. macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    It's a risk people take, but this is nothing new. It's not the first WiFi hotspot.
  22. macrumors 603


    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.

  23. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    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? :D ;)

    (As soon as the gravel road turns into a dirt road, it's about half a mile past the wooden water tower)
  24. macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2007
    If At&t would wake up and enable UMA like tmo does, that would help mitigate congestion on their cellular network as well.
  25. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2007
    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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