Free AT&T wi-fi for iPhone users (and others)

Att_wifi_iphoneApparently, the only time free wi-fi in public places really makes headlines is when the iPhone is involved. Never mind that T-Mobile handed out free HotSpot passes to Sony PSP and original mylo owners last year, thousands of free access points are available for the Nintendo DS, and the new mylo 2 comes with free wi-fi at McDonald’s, AT&T is offering free wi-fi for iPhone users.

Reports are coming in from across the nation that Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, and other AT&T hotspot visitors, with iPhone in tow, are being prompted to use their mobile numbers to gain access to a custom portal that leads to (you guessed it) free wi-fi. And as a MacRumors forum member discovered, you don’t even need an iPhone to get it. The back-door entrance, which involves faking the phone’s user agent on a laptop browser, will likely be sealed as soon as AT&T catches wind of it, but it’s wide open right now.

Don’t worry. The media has already been alerted.

Update 5.3: AT&T disables free iPhone wi-fi

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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