AT&T Gives Customers Free Access To Fon's International Hotspots
Via the AT&T Wi-Fi International App, AT&T customers traveling abroad can now gain access to hundreds of thousands of Fon international hotspots. In turn, Fon network members will gain access to AT&T's Wi-Fi network, which includes more than 30,000 hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers throughout the United States. The agreement covers smartphones and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, which will connect seamlessly to select hotspots in both the AT&T and Fon networks. The only major catch here is that it's not quite free to all AT&T users; you'll still need to be on a 300MB or 800MB AT&T Data Global Add-On package, and if you are, you're only eligible to utilize 1GB of Fon hotspot data each month.
Still, it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully, as hotspots pop up in more places and the backhaul can be thrown back to fiber lines instead of fragile mobile towers, providing this kind of access for travelers will become even cheaper.