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AT&T recently started offering free WiFi access in about 10,000 hotspots, but only to those who subscribe to its more expensive 3 megabits per second DSL service. While it seems like a good start, the company should extend this offer to all its DSL subscribers. It […]

AT&T recently started offering free WiFi access in about 10,000 hotspots, but only to those who subscribe to its more expensive 3 megabits per second DSL service. While it seems like a good start, the company should extend this offer to all its DSL subscribers. It would mean that it would have another soft (albeit temporary) advantage over cable service providers.

AT&T should also offer free WiFi access to all of its iPhone customers, after all there are some who have had less than desired experience with their EDGE network. It can use Wi-Fi to offload at least some of its traffic off the EDGE network.

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  1. These are really great ideas, but we’re talking about AT&T here. Their idea of unlimited text messaging is restricted to intra-carrier texting. The profit motive of this behemoth will undoubtedly outweigh the common sense in the ideas you suggest.

  2. Sam Gonzales Tuesday, July 3, 2007

    I agree.. not only is the iphone only an overpriced toy wout 3G and suffers with EDGE on the first few days.. but att should’ve made that a better offer rather than just take our $ and offer us EDGE..I look at Tmobile and sony when they did the MYO/WiFI deal.. now thats something good that even though the MYO was not all that I considered it

  3. David Jacobs Tuesday, July 3, 2007

    Of course ATT should give free wi-fi to iPhone customers, but they’re too stupid/greedy to do it. A quote from an att “spokeman”

    “We believe the EDGE network was designed for a product like the iPhone,” Smith added. “We’re confident with its ability to support the device.”

    Everyone loves the iPhone and Apple; Most everyone dislikes/hates ATT. Just think, if Verizon wasn’t equally as stupid we could have had an iPhone on EVDO. Can you imagine..

  4. Rajeev Pokkyarath Tuesday, July 3, 2007

    Does at&t have any UMA plans lined up?

    Apparently they have anounced a “new offer” that allows customers to roam throughout their house free of charge ;-)

    http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=4800&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=24031

    In related news, AT&T also announced two new offers which allow residential customers to experience Wi-Fi benefits in the comfort of their own home — still free of charge and free of wires when using an AT&T Wireless (Wi-Fi) Gateway.

    The AT&T Wireless Gateway enables residential broadband customers to roam — untethered — throughout virtually any room in the home and receive fast access to the Web using multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Hundreds of thousands of AT&T broadband customers already have home Wi-Fi gateways; AT&T ships an average of nearly 7,000 a day.

  5. Free is good, maybe necessary. But if not free then at least sharply-discounted for iPhone customers. The growing pool of iPhone users is certain to include a substantial number of people who are new to WiFi and hotspot-seeking. A WiFi bundle would be a comfort item for them, but ATT would also have a lock-in advantage over other ISPs and aggregators.

  6. Free WiFi would do wonders for AT&T as a brand. Contrary to what their management is thinking, Cingular doesn’t embody inept lack of innovation in the way AT&T does. AT&T also lacks “value” as a perceived attribute. By giving away WiFi access, AT&T could have taken a leadership position in free WiFi, built on the iPhone buzz, AND positioned their future wireless phones for dual usage. Nice value offering, not AT&T, which by the way embodies my grandmother’s rotary phone.

  7. you should definitely buy an iphone, even if you dont need it or dont wanna buy it. That way you might probably stop writing one iphone post after another.

  8. ok you got half the download. THE OTHER HALF..why not offer free pda or iphone wifiable machine…THE $ is in the service,the monthly service. i dont see gasoline co.s giving away cars THEY ARE BIG MONEY and youd need your gasco everywhere or youd limit travel GOWEVER with internet (line or wifi) its easy to be everywhere…like wifi falling from the sky ..soon we will see free devices loyalthough but everywhere….

  9. Om,

    What difference does it make? Have you come across any AT&T Wi-Fi spot? Most of the cafes (non-Starbucks) now offer free Wi-Fi.

  10. Starbucks seems offers just T-Mobile not At&T

    And you’re right ps, their Wi-Fi spots are pretty sadly scattered http://attwifi.know-where.com/attwifi/cgi/index?design=default

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