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AT&T Sees Significant Rise in Wi-Fi Hotspot Connections

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AT&T has reported a significant second quarter increase in the number of Wi Fi connections on the AT&T network, fueled by the rising number of customers with Wi Fi enabled smartphones. In the second quarter, AT&T handled nearly 15 million Wi Fi connections on its network a 41 percent increase over the first quarter. With approximately 25.6 million connections so far in 2009, AT&T Wi Fi connections this year have already surpassed the 20 million connections seen in all of 2008.

Wi-Fi Connections Increasingly From Smartphones Versus Laptops

In the second quarter, 49 percent of the total connections were made by integrated devices. This is an increase of 41 percent over the first quarter 2009 - a significant shift that tracks with the growth of Wi-Fi enabled devices.

"Our Wi-Fi network is a competitive differentiator for AT&T and a major value for our customers," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We include unlimited Wi-Fi access with the majority of our broadband and smartphone plans, and our customers are clearly taking advantage of it. It's another reason that twice as many smartphone customers choose AT&T than any other carrier."

AT&T's Wi-Fi network complements its wired broadband and wireless 3G networks, offering Wi-Fi connectivity in more than 20,000 hotspots in the USA.

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