ATT is giving its current broadband customers (including iPhone payers) 2 hours at Starbucks. This relationship with Starbucks is an extension of the iPhone deal, since Starbucks has an iTunes deal for music. This pits ATT directly in competition with T-Mobile, the current hotspot provider at Fedex-Kinkos, Borders, and Starbucks.
When I suggested last week to my clients on a seminar call that they should add iPass and/or Boingo to their bundle for road warriors, ATT must have tapped that line and heard me.
The deployment will be provided by Wayport, which has provided Wi-Fi deployment services for AT&T, including several thousand AT&T hotspots at McDonald's restaurants.[infoweek]
Best headline for this: "AT&T Drinks T-Mobile's Latte"