AT&T Finally Announces Free Wi-Fi For iPhone Users [Update: False Alarm]

Fantastic news from a friend with sharp eyes. AT&T has finally done something great for iPhone owners. No, they’re not unlocking the iPhone. They’re not giving it away for free, although it does involve “free”. They have finally announced that they’ll be rolling out free access to AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots for all iPhone users. Yarly. Read on for the details.

The document detailing the rollout reads:

AT&T knows Wi-Fi is hot, and free Wi-Fi even hotter, which is why we are proud to offer iPhone customers free access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi hotspot network with more than 17,000 hotspots, including Starbucks*. Now users can relax and access music, e-mail and web browsing services with their favorite blend in hand from the comfort of their favorite location.

The announcement now gives free access to Wi-Fi at all of AT&T’s over 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation, including:

  • 12 Airports
  • 31 Hotels
  • 23 Universities
  • 18 Convention Centers
  • 5 Sports Centers
  • 8,000 + Restaurants
  • 700 + Bookstores
  • 50 + Supermarkets

Those who haven’t been following the story may be confused by my enthusiasm. Rumors that AT&T would start offering free Wi-Fi for iPhone users began back in April. Since then, they had announced it, disabled it, brought it back, taken it away again, and then told us not to keep our hopes up. Finally, three months since this all began, they have officially announced it.

We’re hoping that it’s not a joke, as AT&T loves to play silly games with iPhone users.

A gigantic thanks to Denis!

EDIT: Forumite kellygeorge has posted a good point in the comments. AT&T’s deal is for AT&T customers only. My sincerest apologies for any misunderstandings.

Update: Sorry everyone, Looks like it really was too good to be true. Dan Feldstein, a local AT&T spokesperson has just told Chron.com that once again,he says that the page was posted mistakenly, and that it would be removed (again!), which it has.

I’m getting really fed up with AT&T’s shenanigans. It seems like they’re still planning to eventually offer it, but how much longer will we have to wait?

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