The announcement added that over 17,000 of such Wi-Fi hot spots were to be made available.
It goes without saying that the access was cut off in a few days. Besides the public image-related issues (“we don’t start this without the proper PR fireworks”), the service was also found lacking in real security: anyone with a laptop and a iPhone number he got from a friend could benefit from the same free deal.
Later on, AT&T turned back ON the Wi-FI offer. The PR department offered no reason for the sudden change of mind, so one can only assume that AT&T’s top management still has issues when it comes to taking a decision.