This is great news.
I received an email today from my former employer (AT&T) announcing that I can now enjoy free access to all AT&T WiFi hotspots from my iPhone as a regular iPhone customer. (This privilege has nothing to do with my personal employment history.) The email explained:
AT&T is now offering free AT&T Wi-Fi access to our iPhone customers. That means free AT&T Wi-Fi access at thousands of hotspots nationwide, including Starbucks. Hotspots are available in cafes, bookstores, airports, hotels and universities nationwide.
The email went on to explain the steps iPhone users need to follow to access an AT&T WiFi hotspot on an iPhone:
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.
Open the text message and tap on the link for 24-hour access to the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot.
Of course, if I’m working at a coffeeshop or other location with available AT&T WiFi I’m likely to not only want my iPhone online, but also my MacBook Pro laptop. I wonder if the “secure link” which is sent to an iPhone for access will also work on a laptop if that URL is entered into a browser window? Something tells me I’ll be learning soon….. 🙂
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I tried this secure link out over the weekend at the airport, and it worked well…just not on the laptop. However, if you jailbreak the iPhone, then I hear you have some tethering options.