AT&T to launch free WiFi experiment in September

If you are a frequent traveler with a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone, you are likely always on the lookout for a way to get some free WiFi access. More often than not, however, you are forced to pay a fee to link up to a solid WiFi connection and sometimes those prices can be expensive.

Now AT&T has confirmed it will begin an experiment that's designed to give users a free WiFi connection on their network, but as usual there's a catch. GigaOM reports that the service will involve the user watching a 30 second video ad for every 40 minutes he or she is connected to the WiFi network.

The experiment is slated to launch in September at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. While the service has been confirmed for laptop users, there's no word if tablet or smartphone owners will be able to access it as well.

AT&T is also expanding their WiFi network at the airport to include more terminal areas as well as the airport's parking garage. The company currently has 30,000 WiFi hotspot locations and charges $19.95 a month for people to access them or between $3.99 to $7.99 per session. AT&T's smartphone and internet customers already get access to the company's WiFi hotspots for free.

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