how come wifi users dont get the At&t hotspots

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  1. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

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  2. Mal macrumors 603

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    You do if you pay for it. There's a monthly charge to access it. They throw it in with the 3G plans (same is true of phone subscribers), but there's still a charge. Since you're not paying a monthly subscription fee to AT&T, they have no reason to give you access to their service.

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  3. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    If you have a mac and use Safari, go to the Safari Preferences>Advanced and check the box that says "Show Develop menu in menu bar."

    Then, when you go to Starbucks or where ever, go to Develop>User Agent and click on an iPhone version. AT&T will think you're an iPhone and you're welcome in :p
     
  4. goobot macrumors 603

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    really? you are not paying them so why would they give it to you?
     
  5. EddyP macrumors 6502

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    Seriously?
     
  6. saving107 macrumors 603

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    You also have access to AT&T Hotspots if your a subscriber to AT&T DSL Home Service (Basic, Express, Pro or Elite package).
     
  7. jedolley macrumors 68000

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    Yup. Access to AT&T WiFi hotspots plus my MiFi is why I went with the WiFi only version.

    Also, It would make no sense for the WiFi version to be able to access AT&T Hotspots for free. Secured Hotspots usually either require a subscription or pay as you go.
     
  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Why would you?
     
  9. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    Perhaps Boingo will allow the iPad to be a $7.95/mo device?

    http://www.boingo.com/

    Oh wait, it's not FREE.....
     
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    Nice tip!
     
  11. Alphakline macrumors regular

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    You can also be a member of the "My Starbucks Rewards" program and have free wifi for 2hrs/day at any starbucks with any device. 2hrs may not be alot but it's better than nothing.
     
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    If it is that simple, then wouldn't it seem likely that they would employ a similar method to check on the iPad? Or will there be two user agents, for example: iPad and iPad3g? In easy code: if agent = iPad3g then allowAccess(), else return false?

    In addition, what about 3g owners who are not paying for their current month? Payment is month to month on the device.

    What about iPhone owners? We are already paying AT&T, you'd think that they would extend the love our way, but who knows.

    This all leads me to believe that all iPad owners will probably get access just because it seems complicated for them to implement. Not that I believe that iPad owners have some inherent right--they don't. It just seems like they could get access for no reason other than lack of ability to tell if they're on an AT&T plan currently. Anyone familiar with how AT&T can tell who wants to shed some light on this? If its a simple user agent, it could be difficult.
     
  13. WLS macrumors 65816

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    I'm interested in whether they classify the iPad as a mobile device or a laptop also. I would expect though that it would be as a laptop because it can take a full size web page not the smaller iphone version. So you can pay $10 for Boingo or $15 for ATT 3g plus WIFI package.
    Not much diff and probably the ATT deal is more flexible.
    If you get the WIFI only iPad then Boingo sounds better but a lot of their spots are for McDonalds that went free WIFI recently so no big whoop there.
     
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    We do. You don't.
     
  16. frunkis54 macrumors 65816

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    you can also get at&t wifi if you have there home dsl. when you go to a hotspot your suppose to be able to put in the main user id and password to get access.
     
  17. goobot macrumors 603

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    it can tell the difference between a wifi ipad and 3g. it also checks if you have a plan on it. i also believe steve said in the keynote that only if you have a plan with att you get it.

    also this thread is stupid. its obvious its another cheapo that wants everything free.
     
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