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AT&T knows Wi-Fi is hot, and FREE Wi-Fi is even hotter. Which is why FREE AT&T Wi-Fi access is now available for Apple iPhone at thousands of hotspots nationwide... For information visit www.att.com/attwifi.
Thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot locations nationwide
* Convention Centers
* Sports Centers
* Starbucks locations
Now, how much this is going to be a real cost saving benefit to AT&T customers, it's hard to say. Verizon offers a neat package and, of course, Clearwire and others are expanding their wireless broadband. Prices are going down. But, it LOOKS like a great thing, even if where it might not be. And keeping current customers happy and talking like this is priceless.
I guess it doesn't really matter to Starbucks though because AT&T is probably paying the bills and I'm still talking about it on an open forum which is good for AT&T.
So from the point of view of a potential customer it might entice me to buy an iPhone instead of a BB regardless of whether I spent time at Starbucks or the bakery next door. If I didn't spend much time online when I'm out and about I don't think it would make any difference at all.
But back to the cost savings to me. I'd still use my iPhone at the bakery even if I had to rely solely on 3G. I just wouldn't get as much work done.
BTW, there does seem to be a limit/cap on the number of people using WiFi concurrently because fairly often the phone switches back to 3G. Sometimes in the middle of loading a page which makes it take a lot longer to load a page.