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Dallas Fort Worth Airport will have free Wi-Fi for all thanks to AT&T

Dallas Fort Worth Airport will have free Wi-Fi for all thanks to AT&T
The next time you and all of your mobile devices trek through Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, you won’t have to worry about using up your data quota or paying Wi-Fi access fees. The DFW Board of Directors have approved a deal that will allow AT&T to provide free Wi-Fi access at all five terminals to all travelers.

Slated to launch in September, the service will require customers to view a 30-second advertisement for every 40 minutes of usage. It will cover more than 6 million square feet of space and be accessible by the over 57 million travelers that pass through DFW every year.

In addition to offering free service, AT&T plans on upgrading the current network by increasing speeds and covering an even wider area that will eventually encompass parking garages and gate accessible areas.

"The deal to provide AT&T Wi-Fi access across DFW Airport is a tremendous leap forward for our passengers in terms of speed and coverage area, and it answers one of our most frequently-requested customer enhancements," said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport.  "We are very pleased to join with AT&T, our Dallas-based neighbor, to provide world-class and complimentary Wi-Fi service for everyone who visits DFW."

Overall, a 30-second ad for 40 minutes of service seems very, very reasonable. What do you think? Is this a fair advertisement trade off for free service? Would you like to see service like this offered in more places?

source: PRNewsWire

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posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:06 1

1. phonton (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

Definitely! There is no free lunch :D

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:28 3

2. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

this will be useful for everyone including me :)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 17:25 1

3. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

They should restrict it to those who can pay for it. This cheapens the service.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 17:48 1

4. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)

More airports should have free WiFi. I was surprise to see that O'Hare didn't have it. f**k you O'Hare, and Boingo.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 19:32

5. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Just hope i don't have to pay just to use Airport's wifi cause i think it's pointless. so i will try it out when i'm their

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 20:38

6. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

"6 million squad feet..." - I like the new word, just don't think it was what you were looking for.

More to the point, I would kind of expect airports to have free WiFi by now. When travelling internationally, I rely on the free WiFi at foreign airports to be able to check e-mails and access the internet until I reach my destination. I'm sure it would be just as useful in the U.S. for people travelling here to be able to access the WiFi. (I know, this is an example of a niche use, but it would still be beneficial to all travelers.)

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