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Free Wi-Fi Abounds with Holiday Sponsorships

by Glenn Fleishman

The twinkle of the holiday season is already upon us as companies are climbing over each other to pick up the tab for Wi-Fi access at hotspots that typically charge a fee, including two of the most expensive venues: on planes and at airports.

In unrelated sponsorship deals, eBay, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are providing free access to various networks and services over the next few weeks and months.

Other travelers may already have free access at many for-fee hotspots in the United States, including subscribers to AT&T DSL, fiber (U-Verse), and laptop 3G services; Cablevision (its coverage area only); Qwest (via AT&T's hotspots); and most T-Mobile phone data subscribers. AT&T iPhone subscribers also get free Wi-Fi at AT&T hotspots, but only via the iPhone.

[1]: http://www.freeholidaywifi.com/
[2]: http://adage.com/article?article_id=140315
[3]: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33621055/
[4]: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=117007
[5]: http://wifi.yahoo.com/timessquare/