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  • AT&T acquires Wayport's WiFi hotspots


    AT&T has acquired WiFi provider Wayport for $275 million in cash. This adds thousands of new wireless hotspots to the company's network … and the best part is that it was recently opened to free access by iPhone users!

    AT&T now has 20,000 access points in the US and 80,000 internationally (however, these figures also include roaming locations run by partner networks). Just a few of Wayport's network includes hotspots at McDonalds, Four Seasons hotels, HealthSouth, and Sun Healthcare locations adding to AT&T’s list of major hotspots that include Starbucks, Barnes and Noble book stores, and many major airports across the country. AT&T has a interactive new map up of their WiFi hot spots.

    AT&T had been working with Wayport on a contractual basis to run its existing WiFi network, but representatives say the acquisition will allow it to expand its capabilities as it brings all management of WiFi infrastructure in house.

    The acquisition along with the announcement of a tethering plan, will give iPhone users a lot more options to connect, similar to the plan AT&T already has in place for its Blackberry subscribers.


    Source: AppleInsider | AT&T acquires Wayport's WiFi hotspots
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T acquires Wayport's WiFi hotspots started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. mrtonyyx's Avatar
      mrtonyyx -
      do you need to login with your AT&T number or what? cuhs i have T-Mobile and I'm willing to take advantage of free wifi without logging in to their network!
    1. xattica's Avatar
      xattica -
      Hummmm...AT&T also acquired Centennial for $994MM.
    1. Reako's Avatar
      Reako -
      Yeah you have to login through AT&T.

      Reako
    1. mrrom92's Avatar
      mrrom92 -
      well this is just ******* great

      after leaving my 2 iphones connected to the wayport wifi on a carnival cruise ship, i walked off the boat with 2000 dollars worth of internet charges alone. now its free. what the hell can i do about that money?
    1. Acidlump's Avatar
      Acidlump -
      Quote Originally Posted by mrrom92 View Post
      well this is just ******* great

      after leaving my 2 iphones connected to the wayport wifi on a carnival cruise ship, i walked off the boat with 2000 dollars worth of internet charges alone. now its free. what the hell can i do about that money?
      forget about it
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Is this part of the new ATT wifi at starbucks? If so, the wifi access I get at the Ames, IA startbucks is hardly internet at all. I would almost rather use edge...
    1. JCip's Avatar
      JCip -
      With the new wifi hotspots, can a jailbroke iphone using T-mobile use these spots? Oh I wish our phones were as open and free as those in Europe and Asia.
      Also, I saw an app for a broken iphone to use the Edge on T-mobile, if you pay for the service. Does this Edge allow one to surf the internet without wifi?
    1. jonathanp2008's Avatar
      jonathanp2008 -
      nice
    1. caliplaymate's Avatar
      caliplaymate -
      wayport frustrates me....but oh hay yay!