Free Wifi at AT&T hotspots

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jbromer, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. jbromer macrumors 6502a

    jbromer

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    Just got the following text:

    "Your Apple iPhone now has free AT&T access at thousands of hotspots nationwide, including Starbucks. For info, visit www.att.com.attwifi"

    About time!:)
     
  2. Inukami macrumors 6502

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    starbucks isn't free.. you still have to buy something and use the code or w/e it is.. [edit: this is incorrect]
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Starbucks IS included in ATTs free wifi.

    AT&T knows Wi-Fi is hot, and FREE Wi-Fi is even hotter. Which is why FREE AT&T Wi-Fi access is now available for Apple iPhone at thousands of hotspots nationwide, including Starbucks*. Users can relax and access music, email and web browsing services with their favorite blend in hand from the comfort of their nearest location. For information visit www.att.com/attwifi.

    Find a Starbucks location near you.

    *Wi-Fi available at U.S. company-operated Starbucks locations equipped with a hotspot.
     
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    If this is real (and it looks like it) this is a huge deal. I'm often at Airports with weak cell networks but a nice AT&T hotspot staring me in the face. I've never wanted to pay for one before. If this is true it will be a big selling point.
     
  5. matthewk24 macrumors newbie

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    wifi is free at Starbucks if you use the method specified on at&t's website:

    iPhone users, get started with Wi-Fi

    Activate Wi-Fi from the settings icon on your iPhone

    Select "attwifi" from the list of available networks

    Enter your 10-digit mobile number and check the box to agree to the Acceptable Use Policy. Tap 'continue'

    You will receive a text message from AT&T with a secure link to the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot. You will not be charged for the text message.

    The SMS link will only be valid for 24 hours at the location it was requested.

    Another request must be submitted when using another hotspot location.

    Open the text message and tap on the link for 24-hour access to the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot
     
  6. sparkyms macrumors 65816

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  7. Rojo macrumors 65816

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    I've been doing the Starbucks Card method of getting free wifi, but it's nice to know even that's not necessary now.
     
  8. Ding.Dong macrumors regular

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    AT&T hotspots are also at McDonalds and Barnes & Noble, at least here in California. I have AT&T DSL at home, so have already had free hotspot access, but it's nice to know I can use this as a backup.
     
  9. Bosunsfate macrumors 6502

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    Glad this got revived. I recall a similar text message from AT&T about two months ago.

    And when I tried it just didn't work. But I didn't enter the phone number like it just suggested.

    We'll there is a Starbucks just down the street. Going to give it a try.
     
  10. cpljwlusmc macrumors regular

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    I haven't gotten that text yet. Hmmm... AT&T, come on!
     
  11. drew0020 macrumors 68000

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    I was at starbucks this morning in NC and it worked! The page will come up on your iPhone and then they will send you a text message to access the free wifi. Worked perfectly!
     
  12. Romanesq macrumors 6502a

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    alrighty

    Well this is certainly welcome. Will the login work on my laptop as well?

    Curious people want to know. :)
     
  13. jeejeebu macrumors regular

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  14. grayskies macrumors regular

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    about time

    I was close to paying for access at a Barnes & Noble the other day.

    It is a lot to pay for regular access...on top of my $100 plus phone service.
     
  15. oldwatery macrumors 6502a

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    Bravo AT&T.
    Adds great value to an already great product.
    Now let's hear from the whiners :rolleyes:
     
  16. bradl macrumors 68040

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    CAVEAT: These have to be US company-owned Starbucks. There are still some Starbucks locations (at least in the Sacramento area) that are still T-Mobile hotspots. YMMV, so check with the people there to be sure that it is an ATT hotspot.

    BL.
     
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  18. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    I have AT&T-Yahoo! DSL at home, so I'm eligible for free wifi through that, too. Before I got my iPhone I had an iPod touch. I don't know if the login is the same, but I could use the wifi on any device I chose to (iPod, laptop, etc.).
     
  19. Dreamer2go macrumors 6502a

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    umm
    I got an iphone from hong kong (legit unlocked)
    I upgraded my plan and added the $30 from AT&T yesterday
    do I get this free wifi service theN?
     
  20. bradl macrumors 68040

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    You should, if you went with ATT.

    BL.
     
  21. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    I wish rather than having to log on and all this stuff, that they detected our IMEI numbers and that way we would auto log on, and be connected to wifi when walking by starbucks, etc, even when we didn't realize it.
     
  22. candyman macrumors regular

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    I too just go this text message. It would be sweet if it worked at Barnes & Noble. I love that place. Don't frequent Starbucks all that often, at least not going to sit inside that is.

    I hope this stays around though. Always nice to have FREE wi-fi hotspots!
     
  23. Surely Guest

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    I hope that it's working already. I'm planning on going to a Starbucks at lunch for a coffee.

    Good stuff.
     
  24. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    Great news. My parents have ATT DSL (formerly Bellsouth, where we live) so I could have used that if needed but the iPhone deal is sweet. Hope to receive the text message on my phone soon.
     
  25. jahsavi macrumors member

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    laptop?

    Guys where is the mac laptop comments..

    Would this work?

    Use your laptop to login and type your phone number.
    Type the text message link into your safari browser in iphone mode.
    iphone+laptop=internet on your laptop ..whats the difference lol
     

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