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iPhone OS 3.0 Spurs Boom in WiFi Connections

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7/31/2009

The latest iPhone software has led to surge in Wi-Fi connections, according to data from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).

The second largest U.S. wireless carrier said nearly 15 million users connected to their public wireless hotspots last quarter, which is a 41% increase from the previous quarter. One of the major reasons for this is that the iPhone 3.0 software makes it easier for users to log on to AT&T's Wi-Fi at places such as Starbucks, McDonald's, and other public locations.

Prior to the 3.0 software, logging in was considered tedious. Users had to enter a phone number, receive an SMS message, and then click a link in that text message to access the Wi-Fi. The latest firmware automatically detects and logs in iPhone users without the two-step authentication process.

To continue reading, see the full story on InformationWeek.com.

– Marin Perez, InformationWeek

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