AT&T this week announced that it is expanding Wi-Fi hotzone” services that provide its customers outdoor wireless Internet service from Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as smartphones, laptops and notebooks.
Earlier this year, AT&T deployed hotzones in New York Citys Times Square, downtown Charlotte, N.C., and Chicagos Wrigleyville as part of a pilot program that the telecommunications company said netted 350,000 connections in only a few months.
Now, AT&T has revealed plans to expand coverage in Times Square and deploy hotzones near Rockefeller Center and St. Patricks Cathedral in the coming days. AT&T also said it plans to launch a Wi-Fi hotzone in San Franciscos Embarcadero Center.
AT&T customers with qualifying wireless data, Laptop Connect and AT&T High Speed Internet plans receive access to the hotzones at no additional cost.
Wi-Fi use continues to grow. In the third quarter of 2010, AT&T handled 106.9 Wi-Fi connections on its network. AT&T said that figure exceeded the total number of Wi-Fi connections it handled in all of 2009 (85.5 million).