iPhone Users: Despite Rumors, AT&T Wi-Fi Not Live

[qi:011] The launch of the iPhone 3G can be summed up in one word, and it starts with a “c.” Instead I will go with comedy of errors. Activation delays, long lines, online issues, application roll-out issues — it has been a train wreck that makes Brittany Britney Spears’ saga seem like a quaint Victorian-era romance novel. Today is a perfect example.

Earlier today, fellow bloggers, big and small, got into a tizzy when someone got hold of a document saying that AT&T Wi-Fi for iPhone users had arrived. Hallelujah, for who doesn’t want free Wi-Fi to connect their iPhones and iTouch players? Unfortunately, everyone got too excited over nothing – the Wi-Fi is still not available, and the “document” was a mistake. Here is an email from one of their spokespeople in response to my question about the veracity of the news:

We have not made any announcement regarding free Wi-Fi and iPhone. The webpage was posted in error and is being removed. Wi-Fi is a real differentiator for AT&T and it is our intention to make it available to as many customers as possible, but we have no announcement at this time.

Funnily enough, this is not the first time we have seen the rumors break out about AT&T Wi-Fi on the iPhone. Then there was a brief release that quickly got abused, thanks to some system flaws. It’s like the boy who cried wolf. Someday the network will be live, and we won’t even care.