Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Charlotte's new AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone sparking questions


The groundbreaking new Wi-Fi "hotzone" AT&T launched in Charlotte on Monday is sparking questions from uptown Charlotte folks anxious to know if they're in the zone or not. Considering all the complaints we hear nationally and locally about people frustrated by AT&T's congested 3G network, it's just smart business for the carrier to give mobile customers an alternative entry ramp to the Web.

AT&T says the hotzone, a sort of a regular Wi-Fi hotspot on steroids, covers an area running along South Brevard Street from the NASCAR Hall of Fame to East Trade. One reader in Fourth Ward, which would seem to be outside the zone, said he saw AT&T workers installing a small tower at 8th and Poplar. He wondered if maybe Fourth Ward might be in the hotzone too.

The folks at AT&T say they can't provide a map of the hotzone, but note that the best way to know if you're in it is to simply turn the Wi-Fi feature on on your phone. When you're in range of the hotzone, the phone will automatically jump from the 3G network onto the hotzone. Here's how to make sure it's on:

  • First, activate Wi-Fi on your phone.
  • Once you are in range of the AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone, select "attwifi" from the list of available networks. Most AT&T smartphones will automatically connect and authenticate on the AT&T Wi-Fi network.
  • Then launch your browser to access the Web.
  • After you've connected to an AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot the first time, the next time you’re within range and launch your browser, you will be automatically logged on.
  • For more information on how to connect your specific device to Wi-Fi, visit www.att.com/wifiaccess.

19 comments:

Panther Tim said...

Can I bring my vuvuzela to panthers games????

Anonymous said...

AT&T is a joke, especially after this recent debacle with the trashy iPhone and that clown Steve Jobs actually trying to get out of admitting guilt by blaming other carriers and companies. Put up all the little towers and trasmitters you want. Your brand sucks, your service is bad, and you product is faulty. Good luck with that!

Anonymous said...

To the above post.If you think iphones suck, you are obviously a moron that cannot afford one. Charlotte has pretty good 3G service. Having many smartphones, the iphone 4 is by far the best phone on the market. Period. An iphone 3 is still better than most smartphones and is 2 years old.

Anonymous said...

Even while declining to "recommend" it because of the dropped call issue, Consumer Reports rated the i4 the best phone on the market. Apple has now fixed the dropped call problem.

It's comical how people spend so much time and energy bashing this phone. If there ever were even an article written about another phone, not only would I not care to read it, but certainly wouldn't waste my time bashing it.

Anonymous said...

To the above poster: Maybe you are the moron bastard. AT&T sucks and the iPhone's true reputation is laughable. Good to see the AT&T workers on here defending their crap. The iPhone is not, if fact, better than other smartphones you ass. This is a fact so go back to your shift at the AT&T store and drop some more calls with your duct tape strips while your at it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks but I'll stick with my Android on Verizon. I'm good.

Timothy Whitson said...

Wow, such animosity over the preference of an electronic product that usually costs less than 300 bucks. Anyone who feels the need to express such anger over such a trivial part of life needs a huge reality check. I use an iPhone, but I wouldn't say that in the scheme of things I worship at the altar of Apple. It's a tool. Sometimes a toy. But if it got run over by a train tomorrow you wouldn't find me crying under my desk like a little girl.

Anonymous said...

Haha and yet you guys persist with petty name calling. I bet you are shaking with rage that the iphone's true reputation is in review after review it comes in first. I don't care what phone you use, that's half the point here. I mean if it's that big a deal to you, cut back a few big macs and buy an iphone, or droid, or get yourself a zack morris phone and tell yourself it's the best.

Anonymous said...

The iphone is like the Partiots, they do it better than anybody else and those that don't live in Boston hate them for it. If iphones and ATT are so crappy, the nwhy do they consistantly outsell almost all other smartphones combined? There is no marketing good enough to make the margin that large.

Anonymous said...

What about EMF's???

704Champ said...

I use a Nextel Blackberry, but I'm glad to hear about this hotzone, since it will work with iPhones, Droids, Blackberries, laptops, etc

Anonymous said...

..and what's the throughput of that "hotzone" when a few dozen iPhones connect to it from a Panther's game?

If you want REAL throughput, try Sprint's 4G to an Android device (or get a 4G Overdrive for your iPhone!)

Anonymous said...

my iPhone is a pretty decent mobile internet device, but as a phone, it kind of sucks. I can't have a call longer then about 5 minutes without it dropping.

lford said...

Those who bash AT&T cell service have never had to put up with Verizon's service in a non-metro area! I live in a WNC mountain county where Verizon has ONE (yes, 1) cell tower in the entire county!

Only problem is, the alternatives are worse or not available at all!

Anonymous said...

I've had AT&T (and predecessors) for over 12 years, not a single problem. I can count on two hands the dropped calls in all that time. I live in Charlotte but spend a lot of time in rural areas as well. I also teether my phone to my laptop and access the internet, no problems.

I don't know if you folks are trying to cook food with your PDAs or crack the DOD mainframe but mine works beautifully.

Anonymous said...

why do people say the copy cat phones are better than the original?
The original is always better...remember caddie shack 2?

Moron said...

I like rotary dial phones.

Anonymous said...

anyone think electro-magnetic fields , or internet signal, via waves through your dwelling/home/apartment causing autism? or , maybe it's just too many immunizations when kids are just too small/babies. it's something, and we need to figure it out and stop it. this is not good for families, society, or individuals. it's too high a price to pay for our connectedness, or over zealous medical community. we're smart, and we need to think about it, so someone, probably several, of us really smart people can figure this out and solve it very soon. this is a problem we do not need to deal with.

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