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.

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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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One Response to Free AT&T Wi-Fi access to iPhone customers

  1. Brian Mull says:

    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.

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