AT&T: WiFi Free with DSL

Posted by Sam Churchill on

AT&T today announced that more than 10 million AT&T broadband subscribers will soon have free unlimited access to the company’s nationwide Wi-Fi network, which AT&T claims, is the largest Wi-Fi network in the United States.

The offer delivers an annual saving of $60 for AT&T broadband customers, and an annual saving of nearly $240 compared with AT&T Wi-Fi costs for consumers who do not have an AT&T broadband plan.

The free Wi-Fi offer will be available to new and existing customers who subscribe to any of AT&T’s broadband services with downstream speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps, 3.0 Mbps, or 6.0 Mbps. Free Wi-Fi access was initially provided to the company’s higher-speed broadband customers last year.

AT&T offers wireless Internet connectivity at more than 10,000 U.S. locations, including retail stores, restaurants and airports from coast to coast.

Competitors such as Boingo’s WiFi network and T-Mobile’s WiFi network, which also offer “the largest WiFi network”, may (or may not) feel some compelled to respond.

In other news, RCR Wireless News says AT&T will launch their own mobile TV service as early as February 5 on an LG Prada-like handset.

Pricing for the device is expected to be in the $200 to $250 range, but nothing is official at this point. Verizon charges an additional $15 per month for Qualcomm’s mobile video.

The service will use the same Qualcomm MediaFLO backbone as the Verizon V Cast TV video service, which currently offers eight live broadcast channels.

Qualcomm, which is on the FCC’s 700 list, is expected to go after channel 56 in the 700 MHz auction, which begins tomorrow. That channel is next to channel 55 which Qualcomm now uses for MediaFLO.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 at 8:02 am .

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