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AT&T: More Hot Spots Than T-Mobile

Posted by: Olga Kharif on March 8, 2007

For years, T-Mobile has been ahead of other telcos in rolling out hip Wi-Fi hot spots. Well, that’s no longer the case. According to this article, telco AT&T now has twice as many hot spots as T-Mobile.

Cudos to AT&T which, in my opinion, is doing a great job reinventing itself from a stodgy telephone company and into a next-generation communications services provider. It’s been trying out interesting Web TV services. It’s been tinkering with new types of wireless offerings. And it’s rolled out a huge Wi-Fi network. It seems to me that, of all established telcos, AT&T is one of the more open to new technologies, services and business models.

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March 8, 2007 9:14 PM

I think all cellular companies are spawns of satan, but T-Mobile can't touch Cingular.

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September 6, 2007 9:57 AM

The truth is that just way to many cellular networks, and telephone networks, have just not caught up with the times. At&T is showing some promise here – but these traditional networks are just way behind on VoIP, and I think they will very soon suffer for it. Of course traditional networks will shun the idea of Skype, or the like, because traditional networks make money off of the calls you make – even if they only make money from 'out-of-state' calls, VoIP changes all of this. They need to be embracing new business models very, very soon, or else they will find themselves way behind, without business, and no one feeling sorry for them... or an underdog buying them out.


September 10, 2007 4:04 PM

AT&T is really showing promise in pushing the boundaries and coming up with new and exciting business models. I heard some pretty good stuff about them this week – with regards to setting up VoIP lines in homes themselves, and releasing VoIP cellphones that work through wireless. What happens is when you are in an area / office etc. with wireless, your phone will automatically connect to the wireless and use VoIP to make or receive calls. When you leave the area and are out in the road, it automatically resets itself to use the traditional mobile network. This way, you probably save a heck of a lot of money, plus the idea I think is pretty revolutionary. This might be why AT&T is also setting up so many wireless spots?

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