AT&T Hotspots included in service?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by modul8tr, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. modul8tr macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2002
    Curious about this.

    I went to two AT&T Hotspots today (The Coffee Bean) in Pasadena, CA. My iPhone asked if I wanted to join the AT&T WiFi network and I said yes. It allowed me to access it without a password and surf the net.

    It was definitely their WiFi and not EDGE. The speed was crazy fast and I had a full WiFi icon that remained a WiFi icon (never switched back to EDGE).

    The iPhone WiFi pop-up had a lock beside the AT&T WiFi network, but I selected it with no prompt for a password.

    Anyone else experienced this?
  2. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    i have been wondering about that but i have not had the opportunity to try. glad you succeeded!
  3. uNext macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2006
    That would be awesome

    My 2nd home is barnes and noble
    and i might just have t ocheck that out
  4. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    are you sure the lock means password protected and not encrypted or something like that?
  5. angrygolfer macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    Better check that bill to make sure there isn't a bazillion dollar charge!!!:D
  6. modul8tr thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2002
    Well in my experience so far ... the lock (on iPhone) has meant password protected. Like it does in my home and various protected networks I've accessed. When I select the network from the choice of available networks, it will ask for a password.

    AT&T did not prompt for password. I would imagine it would work like any other public pay network. Airports, hotels etc. The TMobile hotspot down the street did ask for a password.

    To AngryGolfer. Sure I'll check the bill, though I doubt I'll have to. AT&T's pay network should work just like everyone else's. Either you pay to play or you can't access it. :cool:
  7. sportsfanMAW macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2006

    are you currently a premium DSL customer? because there was a CNET article yesterday about how all the wifi spots are free if ur on the premium or w/e, and its like 1.99 if ur on regular. Check ur RSS articles for accuracy
  8. modul8tr thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2002
    Wow that's cool. But no, I'm with Earthlink. Who will soon have citywide WiFi in Pasadena!!

    I do have AT&T land line service though. Which I'm sure doesn't matter.


    Just ran across this in an RSS feed

    " AT&T announced that it will offer millions of its broadband Internet customers and iPhone users free access to nearly 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide. Effective Monday, AT&T wireless broadband customers will be able to access the Internet at nearly 10,000 Wi-Fi "hot spots" throughout the country, including airports,coffee shops and sporting venues Mon, 02 Jul 2007"
  9. Jody macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2005

    Oh wow this is awesome.... doesn't ATT run all the hotspots at Mcdonalds?
  10. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    when will that happen?
  11. eddietr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    wow. Has this been confirmed by AT&T yet. You would think an email would have gone out to all iPhone customers.
  12. modul8tr thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2002
    Their site says coming soon. They were awarded the contract, summer 2006.

    Based on the speed with which they built the Anaheim Wifi mesh network, I'd say we should see something this fall. It will cost $6.99 for the first six months, then $19.99 afterwards. No word on what it will cost for current subscribers.
  13. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    The manager at the AT&T store I waited at said this early last Friday and I thought it was odd since I hadn't heard it anywhere else. This is definitely cool news!
  14. TonyRockyHorror macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007
    Gaithersburg, MD
    if that's true (i will test it out this weekend sometime), i wonder if you could spoof it by changing your user agent on a laptop browser?

    either way, that's awesome. i spend a lot of time in Barnes and Noble which does have an AT&T hotspot.

  15. opticalserenity macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2007
    I was at a barnes & noble last night, wasn't able to login. Gave me the AT&T login screen but it said it rejected my username and pw. :shrug:
  16. mugwump macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2004
    I tried this at a local coffee bean, and it looked connected but Safari would only go to an ATT Wireless webpage for login. So, no dice.

    Does it require any special information?
  17. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
  18. mashoutposse macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2003
    According to that press release, it's for home/office ISP customers only.
  19. ScottW-CO macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    Browsers don't do wi-fi - operating systems/hardware do.

    A browser is just a browser, it looks for a connection to use. The unit itself has to establish the wi-fi connnection.

    If this is indeed true (AT&T hotspots are free for iPhones), then there's something in the wi-fi connection handshaking that says "hey I'm an iPhone". What that is, and if it's replicable, dunno.
  20. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Noted for future reference.

    Future reference being: when I get an iPhone, and if there are even any AT&T hotspots in my area.
  21. McCarron macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2006
    I tested this and it works great, nothing that hard to do at all.

    I took my iPhone to my local McD's parking lot on the first day they announced this. I used my AT&T DSL account login information ( on their WiFi home page (look for AT&T WiFi Login button at the bottom) and was surfing with no problem on the iPhone.

    I have the Elite DSL package, 6.0mbit/s downstream. This should be free for anyone with more than 3.0mbit/s downstream packages.
  22. kevinwiz macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2007
    I'm in one right now and its not free so I'm on edge
  23. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    My area has only T-Mobile hot spots, I guess since I am not an AT&T broadband customer it wouldn't matter anyhow.
  24. McCarron macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2006
  25. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Thanks for the link....

    I personally would be willing to pay $5 a month to be able to use the AT&T hotspots... they would benefit in lower demand for their EDGE network...

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