AT&T Launches Free Wi-Fi for LaptopConnect Customers
Customers Can Now Connect in More Places with Addition of Nation's Largest Wi-Fi Network
San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, May 20, 2008
Want to move your office to the hottest spot in town? Go right ahead. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that qualifying LaptopConnect customers can now access more than 17,000 Wi-Fi hot spots free of charge. Users can access Wi-Fi at nearly 7,000 participating Starbucks locations plus thousands more AT&T Wi-FiSM locations, including restaurants, airports, hotels and other convenient locations across the United States.
AT&T LaptopConnect uses AT&Ts wireless network to keep customers connected to e-mail, the Internet and business applications almost anywhere they can make a phone call. Qualifying LaptopConnect customers will now automatically receive a pop-up message alerting them to Wi-Fi availability when in range of an AT&T hot spot. At that point, customers who have downloaded the latest AT&T Communication Manager software to their laptop PC just need to click Connect to access the Wi-Fi connectivity. The offer is available to customers who subscribe to a DataConnect plan of $59.99 or more.¹ AT&T Communication Manager comes with new LaptopConnect cards and is available for free at www.att.com/laptopconnect.
"The combination of the nations largest wireless and Wi-Fi networks is unbeatable," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Business Mobility Products for AT&Ts wireless unit. "Its the ultimate in mobility for laptops — AT&Ts wireless network plus more than 17,000 Wi-Fi locations."
AT&T also offers free Wi-Fi access to qualifying broadband subscribers. The company plans to expand free Wi-Fi access to additional wireless customers in the future.
When not in a hot spot, AT&T LaptopConnect cards operate on AT&Ts wireless network, which provides DSL-like speeds on the companys 3G network in more than 275 markets in the U.S., reaching nearly 350 markets by year end. AT&Ts wireless network also offers data connectivity across AT&Ts EDGE network which covers more than 13,000 cities and towns and some 40,000 miles of major highways. Internationally, AT&T can offer customers data access in more than 145 countries and 3G roaming in 60 countries.
¹LaptopConnect users must have AT&T Communication Manager (version 6.8 or higher) installed on their PC. Support for free Wi-Fi through AT&T Communication Manager exists only for laptops running Windows operating systems on May 1.
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