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AT&T's free Wi-Fi for iPhone includes Starbucks hotspots

One of the biggest issues with the original iPhone was the sloth-like speeds of the EDGE network for data. To alleviate this problem, mobile types that used the internet on the iPhone were likely to hop from Wi-Fi hotspot to Wi-Fi hotspot.

AT&T announced previously that it would be providing iPhone users with free access to its network of Wi-Fi hotspots. The network includes over 17,000 hotspots across the nation at airports, hotels, Universities, sports centers, restaurants, bookstores and Starbucks locations.

The AT&T service in Starbucks locations was an issue for a while after Starbucks decided to move from T-mobile as its Wi-Fi provider to AT&T. The move ended up with T-Mobile suing Starbucks over the AT&T deal.

Despite the delay and legal battle over Starbuck hotspots AT&T finally has free Wi-Fi access available for iPhone users. The hotspot service for the iPhone will be more beneficial to owners of the original iPhone than those with the new iPhone 3G who can get similar speeds over the 3G network.

However, as many iPhone 3G users have figured out, the AT&T 3G coverage isn’t as robust as AT&T would like users to believe. Thanks to spotty 3G service, many iPhone 3G owners may still find themselves seeking out Wi-Fi hotspots to download apps for their device, music and check email right alongside the original iPhone owners.

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RE: Thank you AT&T...
By Moishe on 7/18/2008 12:36:07 PM , Rating: 0
What's unfair? You're getting exactly what you paid for.

RE: Thank you AT&T...
By Natfly on 7/18/2008 1:22:19 PM , Rating: 5
because others who pay for the exact same thing are getting more?

RE: Thank you AT&T...
By Moishe on 7/18/2008 3:39:42 PM , Rating: 4
That's not how I define 'unfair'.

If I buy a car for $10,000 and you buy the same car for $9,000 should I bitch and moan because you got a better deal?

Basic business knowledge is that "products" are worth what they people will pay. If you bought a data plan for a reasonable price and it meets your needs... then it's worth it. They offered a product, you bought it. To claim 'unfair' when someone else gets a better deal seems more than a bit like whining to me.

You define the worth of a product when you pay for it. If you think it's unfair, then stop paying for it and go buy an iPhone and get the 'fair' deal. :)

RE: Thank you AT&T...
By crimson117 on 7/18/2008 9:53:30 PM , Rating: 2
"exact same thing" plus 3G connectivity on the road.

RE: Thank you AT&T...
By crimson117 on 7/18/2008 10:13:42 PM , Rating: 2
Oops I read that as new iPhone vs old. My mistake.

RE: Thank you AT&T...
By Frank M on 7/19/2008 10:09:47 AM , Rating: 2
The concept of fairness doesn't enter into the business world. The faster you learn this, the easier life will be.

Cingular has no obligation to be fair to you. They could give away free service the day after you signed your $1000/yr contract, and it would be perfectly within their rights.

I spent three hours on the phone with Cingular when I re-signed, talking them down a few bucks a month on my bill. Does this mean that they have to give everyone that price, to be fair?

RE: Thank you AT&T...
By hadifa on 7/20/2008 7:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
Legally, They may not have to be fair, but if they want to have satisfied customers, they need to.

That's why in some instances, when a product drops sharply, they return some money to the early adopters( like what EVGA did for GTX280)

In your case, if Cingular took "few bucks" off from all your neighbors but not you, wouldn't you complain?

For business, fairness is defined through profit!

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