updated 11:55 am EDT, Mon June 21, 2010
SFO joins Bay Area airports in free wireless
San Francisco International Airport today said it would roll out free Wi-Fi. Its terminals will switch from T-Mobile's paid service to free access on September 1. Airport officials explained the move as a reaction to surveys, which found that most customers weren't willing to pay for Internet service, especially as it takes time to sign on.
SFO is the last of the three major San Francisco Bay Area airports to offer free wireless access, as San Jose and later Oakland both switched their own business models starting from 2008. The switch could be particularly helpful to AT&T, as iPad and iPhone owners and others now don't have to either pay for service or use the carrier's bogged down cellular network in the area to get online while waiting for flights. [via Mercury News]