Free access at AT&T hotspots for iPhone users was first announced at the beginning of May. Then it was disabled. It was reannounced today, but once again, it was a mistake. Why they keep doing this, who knows?
The notice, which was still live at 8:30 a.m. PDT but then was removed by 9:30 a.m., said:
"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 hot-spot network with more than 17,000 hot spots, including Starbucks. 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."
But Wes Warnock, an AT&T spokesman, told CNET News that the notice was published in error.
"We have not made any announcement regarding free Wi-Fi and iPhone," he said in an e-mail. "The Web page was posted in error and is being removed."
It seems like part of the issue would be the well-publicized hack that was noted previously: by changing the user-agent in a browser and using an iPhone number. It's possible someone jumped the gun and they are still working on preventing such a hack.
Ah, hacking the iPhone. Who would want to do that?