Speaking of companies taking advantage of consumers, here comes AT&T in Ohio announcing it has graciously agreed to give existing (Yahoo DSL) customers access to its limited network of WiFi spots for a reduced price of $3.95 for 2 hours. Seems a shame they can’t act like true leaders and forge the way with free wifi (which is coming anyway–there’s no way they can stop it).
I’m wondering how many people still pay for wifi access when there are so many free spots already. AT&T charges at Caribou coffee houses, while almost every Panera Bread location has free wifi. Here’s a cool site that lets you find free wifi hotspots using Google maps (sadly, it’s only for New Jersey so far). Google is offering the whole city of San Francisco free wifi.
And here’s another example–Sun Microsystems is dying because its executives refused to see the tide–and disregarded advice to give their SunOS away as a way to stave off the encroachment of open-source FREE Linux systems. They were greedy, too, AT&T. Seller, beware.