AT&T: WiFi connections reached 10.5M in 1Q09

AT&T said the number of WiFi users and connections dramatically increased on its 20,000-some domestic hotspots. The company said AT&T WiFi connections totaled 10.5 million in the first quarter 2009. That number was more than triple the 3.4 million connections in the first quarter of 2008, and more than half of AT&T's 20 million total WiFi connections for all of 2008.

AT&T said the usage surge was driven by growth in AT&T's wired and wireless broadband customer base, the proliferation of WiFi-enabled devices and the transition of Starbucks locations to AT&T's WiFi footprint. AT&T provides WiFi access at no extra charge with qualifying fixed broadband plans, 3G laptop plans and select smartphone plans.

For more:
- see this release

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