Yesterday, AT&T iPhone owners received a text message from the wireless carrier notifying them that they now have free access to any of AT&T’s 17,000 Wi-Fi hot spots across the United States in establishments like Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, McDonalds and more. This is the third time AT&T has said as much in the past year, but according to the company, the news is legitimate this time around.
I received the following message yesterday at 3:53 pm EST:
“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.”
However, AT&T Spokesperson Seth Bloom confirmed to me yesterday that iPhone users do indeed now have free AT&T Wi-Fi hot spot access, and that’s not all: Bloom sent along another press release this morning that says AT&T BlackBerry Bold users will also have free Wi-Fi access when that device goes on sale November 4.
The free AT&T hot spot Wi-Fi is coming to additional AT&T BlackBerry devices in the future, as well, including the Pearl 8120 and the high-end 8820, Bloom says.
I haven’t had a chance to make it to the locals Starbucks to test the service quite yet on my iPhone or Bold, but considering the fact that AT&T is making the news official, I’m assuming everything’s good to go.
If any of you iPhone/Bold users can confirm that free AT&T hot spot Wi-Fi is now available, drop me a comment to let me know.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.