AT&T Gives Higher Speed Broadband Customers Free Access to Nation's Largest Wi-Fi Network
Company Delivers Free Wi-Fi Connectivity to Nearly 10,000 Hot Spots Nationwide: Adds Greater Value and Mobility for AT&T Broadband Experience
San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, July 2, 2007
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that millions of its customers with higher speed broadband plans can now receive free access to AT&T’s nationwide Wi-Fi network — nearly 10,000 hot spots at popular locations across the country including leading airports, McDonalds restaurants, Barnes & Noble bookstores, coffee shops and popular sporting venues.
With the proliferation of Wi-Fi-enabled devices including, most recently, the iPhone but also laptops, wireless music systems and PDAs, consumers are increasingly looking for on-the-go Internet connections. As the nation’s premier provider of broadband service and with the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, AT&T offers consumers more high speed in more places.*
Effective now, qualifying new and existing residential and small business AT&T broadband customers instantly benefit from the free unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity at company hot spots. Qualifying AT&T broadband packages include: AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Pro (up to 3.0 Mbps downstream), AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Elite (up to 6.0 Mbps downstream), FastAccess Xtreme (up to 3.0 Mbps downstream) and FastAccess Xtreme 6.0 (up to 6.0 Mbps downstream).
“Consumers are increasingly demanding anytime, anywhere connectivity, and AT&T is uniquely able to deliver on their need for mobility, whether it’s broadband or wireless services,” said Rick Welday, chief marketing officer, AT&T Consumer. “Providing customers with more high speed access in more places also gives us a competitive edge because we’re able to offer an on-the-go broadband experience that cable can’t match.”
In related news, AT&T also announced two new offers which allow residential customers to experience Wi-Fi benefits in the comfort of their own home — still free of charge and free of wires when using an AT&T Wireless (Wi-Fi) Gateway.
The AT&T Wireless Gateway enables residential broadband customers to roam — untethered — throughout virtually any room in the home and receive fast access to the Web using multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Hundreds of thousands of AT&T broadband customers already have home Wi-Fi gateways; AT&T ships an average of nearly 7,000 a day.
The new residential gateway offers include:
- A free wireless gateway, after mail-in rebate or instant credit, for AT&T wireless customers who order new AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Pro or Elite, or new FastAccess Xtreme or Xtreme 6.0 broadband service. The offer is now available in select AT&T retail and dealer locations.
- Beginning July 6, new orders placed online for AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Pro or Elite, or new FastAccess Xtreme or Xtreme 6.0 will qualify for a free wireless gateway after mail-in rebate or instant credit.
New broadband customers will immediately benefit from the free Wi-Fi offer upon signing up for the qualified broadband plans at an AT&T retail store, online at www.att.com or through a company call center. Wi-Fi connectivity will be activated once customers receive their new broadband service and complete both the setup and the registration process as a new customer. Existing AT&T broadband customers who already subscribe to qualifying speed packages can immediately log in to AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots, at no charge, by using the master account user name and password created for their broadband service.
AT&T is the premier provider of broadband service, with 12.9 million broadband lines in service as of the first quarter of 2007, with the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network.
*Based on nonmunicipal, company-owned and operated hot spots
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