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AT&T has bought up Wi-Fi hotspot provider Wayport for $275m, hugely increasing the number of places that subscribers with an iPhone or Blackberry Bold can get free access. The companies have worked together before; Wayport provided backhaul and management to AT&T hotspots. But Wayport always focused on providing hotspots in …

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  1. Jason
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    For those of us traveling abroad, it could save on horrendous data charges

    When abroad Data roaming can be REALLY expensive over 3G (a global 250 plan on AT&T is $250 a month!).

    Connect your cell to a hotspot and tether it to access the Internet over WiFi? Much cheaper!

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    OH BUM!!!...

    I'm Gonna Need A BIGGER JAMMER.....

    and lots of shares in a certain russian Alu Smelting firm....

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Cost of delivering bits on Wifi vs cost on 3G

    3G Data is _EXPENSIVE_.

    Operators are selling it at up to 10 times under cost (more in Europe) to fill up unused capacity with the prices based on cost of backhaul dropping by a factor of more than 10 times in the next 3 years due to "technological advances". However, looking at the tech roadmap for backhaul the chances of this happening is roughly equivalent to seeing lucifer driving a snowplough to work.

    The price differential between it and wifi is probably around 50+ times per bit.

    Add to that the fact that Apple iPhone defaults to WiFi when available and ATT has a valueable tool to cut its costs compared to EU operators. They will be idiots not to use it.

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