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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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