UK iPhone carrier O2 has signed a deal with BT Openzone, adding another 3,000 Wi-Fi hotspots that O2 iPhone users can now access in hotels, airports and coffee shops, including Starbucks. This is in addition to the 5,000 owned and operated by The Cloud that iPhone owners can also access. [via Macworld]
AT&T revealed a minor but pleasant surprise coming with the iPhone OS 3.0 software. They announced that all 20,000+ of their Wi-Fi hotspots in the U.S. will support auto-authentication, letting them skip the authentication process. That means that as of today, instead of having to sign in, your iPhone will automatically switch from 3G to Wi-Fi when you're at an AT&T hotspot. The hotspots are free to use on your iPhone for anyone with an unlimited data plan.
Silicon Alley Insider reports that a "pluged-in" source inside the cellular business has information that the next iPhone 3G will have a "significantly faster" internet connection than it's predecessor. It is not known if the source was referring to Wi-Fi or the cellular data connection, but both could potentially be upgraded.
One of the lesser-known goodies included in iPhone 2.0 is the ability to use Wi-Fi while in Airplane Mode. To do this, simply enable Airplane Mode and then switch on Wi-Fi. The orange airplane icon will stay in the status bar and Wi-Fi will be enabled. Apple says that the feature is good for those on Wi-Fi enabled planes, but it may come in handy if you're in an area with no cell reception (such as basement or college building).
AT&T's free Wi-Fi for subscribers to their iPhone data plans sounds great and all, and goodness knows we've been waiting for it long enough, but you have to jump through quite a few hoops to access it. Now it turns out that not only do they require cell data access, but the complicated process may make some users unable to use it.
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.
AT&T has finally announced that all iPhone owners will now have access to free Wi-Fi at any AT&T hotspot in the country. This news comes after several false alarms in which AT&T prematurely announced the deal and then quickly offered a retraction. The notification is coming via text-message which AT&T began sending out to iPhone owners today. The message reads:
"AT&T Free Msg: Your Apple iPhone now has free AT&T Wi-Fi access at thousands of hotspots nationwide, including Starbucks*. For info visit www.att.com/attwifi"
Some users have been experiencing problems with their iPhone's Wi-Fi connectivity. Users have reported instances with both iPhones and iPhone 3Gs where it suddenly can't locate an existing local network. Thankfully, Apple seems to be replacing the affected units for users who bring their iPhone to the Genius Bar, noting "hardware issues".
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.
You probably won't end up using this, but it's cool nonetheless. A pair of developers from the University of South Florida has created a native iPhone application capable of operating iRobot's Packbot unit (a.k.a., one of the robots the military is using for surveillance/urban intelligence gathering operations in Iraq and Afghanistan). The application provides full streaming Point Of View view capable of syncing with the Packbot over a Wi-Fi network.