by Al Sacco

AT&T iPhone, BlackBerry Bold Users Get Free Hot Spot Wi-Fi (For Real This Time!)

Oct 30, 20082 mins
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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.

iPhone Safari Browser AT&T Wi-Fi login screen
AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot Login Screen on iPhone

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”

At that point I’d already read rumors that such an announcement would be made, but even after receiving the message I remained skeptical of whether or not I’d ever really see free AT&T Wi-Fi on my iPhone. That’s because the company erroneously posted notices about free hot spot Wi-Fi for iPhone users on its website twice in the last year, yanking the information–and the offer–at the last minute and chalking it up to “human error.”

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.