iPhone 3.0 gives easier access to Wi-Fi hotspots

Last year AT&T opened up their national network of Wi-Fi hotspots so that iPhone users could have free access — Starbucks, McDonalds, airports, etc. But accessing these now-free hotspots was cumbersome, involving entering your phone number, receiving a text message, then clicking a link in that message. According to a great post on MacWorld, the iPhone 3.0 software makes this much easier. As soon as you're in the range of the network, the iPhone automatically switches to the network. The article observes that AT&T has a strong incentive to do this, since it's a lot better for them if your data is traveling the Internet rather their already-overloaded cell network.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.