AT&T iPhone Wi-Fi: Available Yesterday, But Not Yet

In another turn on the merry-go-round that is AT&T Wi-Fi and the iPhone, we have news that the service was supposed to launch yesterday. An internal memo floating around AT&T specifically mentions a failed launch of the upcoming iPhone Wi-Fi service but offers no specific reason.

“The iPhone Wi-Fi offer that was scheduled to launch today has been canceled. Nothing has been announced by the company to our customers and will not impact existing customers. Additional communication will be provided if the status of the project changes.”

I find it incredibly odd that AT&T is fumbling this entire situation. Though they are still expected to roll out the service, this maybe, maybe not square dance is raising eyebrows across the interweb. But free is free right? Here's to hoping the next time we hear about this story, we'll have a Starbucks latte on hand.


  • Probably has something to do with the service being so easy to spoof via a laptop and enabling free wifi access to anyone that knows how to spoof their browser type. Set it to Safari Mobile iPhone and you could get free WIFI.
  • Its more than just setting the browser type, you also have to have an iPhone phone number. Now that isn't much harder to come up with, but at least that gives ATT some leverage to crack down on abusers.
  • Except that I know many people with iPhones and their phone number is not confidential, so how can AT&T crack down on them for my abuses? Not that I would do such a think since I too have an iPhone and would use my own number for my abuses. :)
  • They could track MAC addresses if they really wanted to, they know what MAC blocks they've put in iPhones. One could always spoof that as well though.
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