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Free WiFi for iPhones from AT&T

Hot iPhone Apps has breaking news of free WiFi access at AT&T hotspots for iPhone users.

Finally! Free WiFi for iPhones at Starbucks and Other AT&T Hotspots « Hot iPhone Apps
After multiple false alarms this spring, AT&T has finally started offering iPhone users free WiFi access at its hotspots. It looks like it is for real this time, since they are announcing it via text message, and I just received one.

This has been expected a log time, ever since AT&T let the feature slip out a few times this spring, only to disable it shortly after.

It depends on entering your 10 digit phone number, and clicking a validation link on a text message AT&T sends, so I assume this isn’t going to be very useful if you have an unlocked iPhone on another network.

Huge iPhone Price Cut, 16gb Model Coming Soon?

Apple cut the price of the iPhone by $200 as part of a major announcement of new iPods, a mobile version of iTMS, and a coming iPhone software update. The 8gb iphone is now $399, and the slow selling iPhone is $299 while supplies last.

This is clearly a move to broaden the market for the iPhone, but it also suggests that they are making room for a new iPhone at the $499 price point. The obvious candidate is a 16gb model at $499, especially since they are offering the new iPod Touch in that capacity. I would expect it to be announced a little after the iPhone software update is released later this month for yet another little PR boost.

I’m also guessing that the update will have more to it than support for th mobile iTMS.

Using an iPhone with a TMobile SIM: What Works, What Doesn’t

The current iPhone is a GSM device.  TMobile is the only other nationwide GSM carrier in the US, so there are a lot of people holding out hope that the iPhone will work with their TMobile account using their TMobile SIM.

The results aren’t promising, but they aren’t completely discouraging either.   ZDNet did the experiement as part of an iPhone review.  The result?  The phone functions didn’t work, but they could still use the device on WiFi to access the internet, and the iPod functionality still worked.

Over on CrunchGear they document a similar experiment using an unactivated SIM with the same result.  It seems they were following the lead of TUAW.

So, it’s pretty decisive.  You can use the iPhone as a combination of a slick new iPod + internet communicator if you want, but there is still the sticky problem of your AT&T contract, at least until people figure out how to activate the phone without an AT&T account.