As an update to our report that AT&T’s hotspots were now open to iPhone users, I did have the opportunity to try it out recently on a trip and am pleased to report that it works pretty well.   Once connected, you are redirected in Safari to a page that asks for your phone number.  An […]
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AT&T WiFi Works Well!

As an update to our report that AT&T’s hotspots were now open to iPhone users, I did have the opportunity to try it out recently on a trip and am pleased to report that it works pretty well.   Once connected, you are redirected in Safari to a page that asks for your phone number.  An SMS is then sent to your phone with a link that, when clicked, grants you 24 hours worth of access.

My one quibble?  There is a pretty quick inactivity timeout — so if you stop accessing the hotspot for more than a few minutes (say, to take a phone call – and Exchange Sync apparently is not enough activity), you will be forced to click that SMS link again to regain access.  It’s not a show-stopper per se, but it could be avoided.  I ran into the issue multiple times over a short (1 hour) stay.

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