ATandT WiFi Hotzone Program Now Includes New York, San Francisco
AT&T is extending its WiFi hotzone program in New York and San Francisco. The hotzones help support the carrier's 3G network.AT&T's WiFi hotzone pilot was so successful, the carrier announced Dec. 28, that it plans to soon expand the program to several additional locations. Kicking off the new growth will be an extension of its Times Square hotzone - launched in June - as well as new Manhattan hotzones near Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. "We're excited to start the next phase of our hotzone program with additional WiFi coverage areas in New York City and, soon, in San Francisco," Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president of AT&T WiFi Services, said in a statement. "AT&T WiFi will be available across a wider area for Manhattan residents, visitors and New Year's Eve revelers during the busy holiday season and beyond. Plus, San Francisco residents are expected to soon be able to enjoy a WiFi hotzone in the Embarcadero Center area as they shop, dine and work." The AT&T WiFi hotzones work to complement the carrier's 3G coverage, adding data network capacity in high-traffic areas. The (for now) exclusive U.S. provider of the Apple iPhone, AT&T has been particularly challenged to offer unwavering data network support in San Francisco in New York, where iPhone owners are heavy on the ground. For AT&T wireless data subscribers, as well as those with LaptopConnect and AT&T High Speed Internet plans, unlimited access to the hotzones - just as with AT&T's 23,000-plus hotspots - is offered at no additional cost.
Earlier this year, AT&T deployed hotzones in Charlotte, N.C., and Chicago's Wrigleyville, in addition to Times Square.