AT&T Wi-Fi Log-In Requires Cell Signal, Hoop Jumping

We were pretty excited to hear about AT&T’s free Wi-Fi for all iPhones subscribed to one of their data plans, but it doesn’t surprise us that there’s a catch. If you thought you could just wander into any Starbucks and sit down to enjoy some Wi-Fi, think again. Using their connection requires authentication, which you’ll need a cell signal to complete.

Check out AT&T’s instructions for using their Wi-Fi:

  • 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 hot spot. You will not be charged for the text message.
  • The SMS link will only be valid for 24 hours at the location it was requested. Another request must be submitted when using another hot spot location.
  • Open the text message and tap on the link for 24-hour access to the AT&T Wi-Fi hot spot.

It’s not exactly a simple process, as you can see. Still, it’s better than nothing, and while there will undoubtedly be some who will opt not to waste the time to set it up just to check their favorite website, it’s good to finally have it available.

[via CNET]

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