Free wifi hotspot use for AT&T iPad 2?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Tknier, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Tknier macrumors newbie

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    Regarding the AT&T iPad...

    Does anyone know for sure whether you can access all of AT&T's free wifi hotspots (ie at Starbucks, barnes and noble, etc) WITHOUT activating a data plan? It sorta seems too good to be true, and when I spoke with a few different ppl on the phone at AT&T they seemed less than knowledgeable (though all seemed to think that you could in fact access the hotspots without paying for one of the monthly subscription plans).

    I guess I'm just looking for an AT&T iPad owner out there to verify that they've been able to use a hotspot without paying for the data service.

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. carlili4190 macrumors regular

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    I went to starbucks last night that had Att wifi and I had no problem connecting( I have a wifi only iPad)
     
  3. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Can't speak to ipad2, but on my AT&T 3G iPad1 I've always been able to link up to the attwifi SSID and do not have the 3G data service enabled.
     
  4. eagleglen macrumors 6502a

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    AT&T hotspots at Starbucks and McDonalds are now free for anyone to use. Just remember to first use your browser to accept their terms of use. Until you do so, none of your apps can access the internet.

    Im not sure about B&N.
     
  5. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

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    Does this work for any device? And all you have to do is accept the terms within your browser after connecting?
     
  6. eagleglen macrumors 6502a

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    Originally, AT&T had a special provision for the iPhone and iPad at it's hotspot locations. But just recently, Starbucks and McDonalds have made their wifi access free to everyone. So yes, any device or computer can connect. The iPad needs to accept their terms when you first connect each time you use their network, and so does any other computer. The iPhone however, seamlessly connects after you select the their wifi network in your settings. This only needs to be done once.
     

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