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AT&T Retracts Free Wi-Fi Offer
The service provider giveth and they taketh away -- very quickly.
Apple iPhone 3G
Apple’s new iPhone sells for $199 to $299, with a 2-year AT&T contract.
July 21, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Want some free Wi-Fi? Psych!

On Friday, AT&T made a big stink about offering free Wi-Fi services for iPhone 3G customers, only to do something truly stinky—they took it all back.

“AT&T knows Wi-Fi is hot, and free Wi-Fi even hotter, which is why we are proud to offer iPhone customers free access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi hotspot network with more than 17,000 hotspots, including Starbucks,” said the message. “Now users can relax and access music, e-mail and web browsing services with their favorite blend in hand from the comfort of their favorite location.”

However, Wired says that was gone by 9:00 a.m. (PDT) this morning. AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom said it was an error. Months ago, AT&T was claiming that iPhone users would be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi—at some point.

Currently, the iPhone is an AT&T exclusive. The new 3G was released on July 11, for the price of $199 to $299 with a 2-year AT&T contract.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
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