Wi-Fi Planet's Eric Griffith notes today that AT&T has announced that it's offering access at all of its 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspot locations to its DSL customers [corrected 7/5: thanks, MarkT!] — but not (adding insult to injury) to its iPhone users.
While Apple CEO Steve Jobs suggested that iPhone users simply piggyback on nearby home Wi-Fi networks, Griffith notes that "the use of Wi-Fi without permission — even on a free, open network — has been landing people in hot water of late, some coming close to jail time."
Apple's and AT&T's lack of awareness of their users' need for easy Wi-Fi access is pretty stunning. In fact, GigaOm's Om Malik notes that, in frustration with AT&T's service, "many folks are offering tips about how to use iPhone as a sixth generation Wi-Fi enabled iPod. A very expensive one, but nevertheless, an iPod."
As Wi-Fi Networking News' Glenn Fleishman puts it, "There's still obviously no mental connection inside the company between the AT&T Consumer division… and the wireless arm that's handling the iPhone. So much for integration."
Photo above is from Alex King.