AT&T's Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Access for iPhones Finally Announced?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ravenvii, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Remember the brief Wi-Fi access for the iPhone at Barnes & Noble and other places that was taken down after a short time?

    AT&T finally officially announced free Wi-Fi for iPhone users.

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  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    how does that work? can regular laptops use it too if its just wifi? or ipod touches? how does att make sure its iphones getting the wifi?
  3. dlamin517 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    might have to type your phone number in when you connect.
  4. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2006
    On one of my Macs of course
    Aloha dukebound85,

    They may also be able to check your MAC address.

  5. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Yeah, that was how it worked before.
  6. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    AT&T's Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Access for iPhones Finally Announced?


    iPhoneAlley notes that AT&T has once again posted information on their website indicating that all iPhone customers have free access to their more than 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots access across the U.S., including Starbucks locations:
    AT&T provides an online tool to find a Wi-Fi spot near you.

    We had first reported on this topic back in April when AT&T had turned the feature on at hotspot locations across the U.S. This was quickly disabled just a few days later. Another week after that, AT&T advertised the new feature on their iPhone website, and again quickly removed it. When the service was active, AT&T simply required you to enter your current iPhone phone number as authentication.

    There was some speculation that the delay was due to the fact that they had not yet completed their Wi-Fi deployment at Starbucks. AT&T had won the Starbucks contract from T-Mobile in February and is already offering free Wi-Fi access for their DSL and business customers.

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  7. DMann macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
  8. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    Can't wait to try it.

    WiFi is so much faster than Edge. I wonder if they will be rolling out WiFi even in airport locations?
  9. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Aw man, I beat you by a hour, and you didn't use my thread!
  10. big_malk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2005
    Apple should offer free access to any of their hot-spot deals to any international iPhone user, that would be a great deal for business men who travel a lot, wouldn't it? And I don't expect there would be that many of them that the providers would loose out a whole lot.

    With just O2 and AT&T they could claim access to 14,500 WiFi hot spots across two continents, plus however many there are in the other countries!
  11. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
  12. gilbertgilbert macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008
    im assuming that you'll possibly have to download some sort of app from the app store. since iphones/ipod touches will be the only platforms to run this sort of thing
  13. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    I don't get it. I've been using a free AT&T wi-fi hotspot in Emeryville, California for awhile now. If gives me several options to login including my DSL account or my phone number. Maybe it was a test program or something. Anywho, it's slower than a Mac syncing to MobileMe...
  14. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    if you have to type in your number isn't that just an iphone thing then? and not ipod touch
  15. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    Yes, and that's the way it should be. There is no reason why AT&T would give you free Wi-Fi for your iPod touch.

    iPod touch ≠ iPhone

    That's why you have to pay for your updates, muahaha
  16. stockcerts macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm not sure I understand why this matters to IPhone users as we don't need wifi to have connectivity.
  17. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Yeah, but Wi-Fi is usually VERY fast and if some people don't have good data coverage at their local Starbucks or McDonald's then this is perfect for them.
  18. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    1) Wifi is faster than even 3G.

    2) You must be on Wifi to shop the iTunes store from the phone.
  19. BrentT macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2007
    Not every location will have 3G connectivity, and even where 3G is available it is not as fast as WiFi. WiFi speeds are more consistent and higher.
  20. zerotl macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2005
    Now you're gonna see even more people in Starbucks with apple products, with the number of Starbucks in NY, you don't even need 3g. ;) But this is great news and will even be better if you can login your laptop with just your celnumber.
  21. Wingsy macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2007
    Even ATT doesn't know how it works

    I called ATT to ask how their free wi-fi system works. Is the network secure, or totally open? Do I enter a special iPhone password? Does it automatically know I'm on an iPhone and lets me in with no pw?

    LOL! They told me to call Apple!
  22. genshi macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2007
    Portland, Oregon
    Speaking of Starbucks, a week before the iPhone 3G went on sale, the Starbucks Music store portion of the iTunes Music Store finally started showing up on my 1st gen iPhone (though the "Now Playing" part wasn't working yet.)

    Now that I have an iPhone 3G when I go into Starbucks and open up the iTunes Music Store, I get a blank screen instead. And about every 20 seconds or so it'll flash for a half second with images of the Music Store, but it never fully loads it nor stabilizes for some reason. Don't know if that's a Starbucks' router issue, an iPhone 3G issue, or ?

    Can anyone else see if they are having this issue? Specifically iPhone 3G users that open the iTunes Music Store within a Starbucks in a city that has the Starbucks Music Store service (San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago)

    But the free WiFi is working at least (has been for weeks for me at my local Starbucks.)
  23. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2002
    Wifi is great because it's not only faster than 3G, it appears to use the least amount of battery (less than Edge, even). Ok, MacRumors, what's with the crappy textarea element? 50 rows and about 3 columns? Time to fix it, methinks. :p
  24. Shasterball macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    Looks like they are.
  25. Shasterball macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    3) You can use wifi on your laptop for free.

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