updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed October 29, 2008
Starbucks iPhone Wi-Fi
AT&T has finally resumed its free Wi-Fi service for iPhone owners visiting Starbucks Coffee shops, according to an announcement. American iPhone owners are said to be receiving text messages, informing them of the expansion of hotspot service to include Starbucks; other locations include places such as airports, hotels and restaurants. Gaining access requires picking the "attwifi" network, entering a phone number, and waiting for a text message with a 24-hour link.
The attempt to move iPhone Wi-Fi into Starbucks has been fraught with obstacles, with AT&T at one point offering the service for a short time before retracting it. More recently the carrier was forced into a legal battle with T-Mobile, which accused Starbucks and AT&T of promoting the latter's Wi-Fi at outlets where only T-Mobile's network was available. All three parties have since agreed to halt the lawsuit, paving the way for a full transition to AT&T.