AT&T Grants 3DS Owners Free Access to 10,000 Hotspots

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    The 3DS's new SpotPass feature is designed to let the console automatically seek out new content every time it comes within range of a wireless Internet hotspot, a feature that just got a lot more useful across North America as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced a new collaboration between the company and AT&T that will see 10,000 hotspots opened up to console owners.

    The support will come in the same May update that will also bring the eShop and new video streaming service, letting users who opt-in to connect automatically to more than 10,000 WiFi points for free.[/p]


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    Well how nice of AT&T to just give those free 10000 points of Wifi.
     


  2. CannonFoddr

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    But only in America though..... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. ShadowSoldier

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    Funny, no where near me, is an AT&T. Maybe with Rogers?

    Also, couldn't Nintendo pick a better company than AT&T?
     
  4. KingVamp

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    Does this need a plan or something?
     
  5. Nathan Drake

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    Oh man, Nintendo is trying hard to keep the hacking down. I mean, seriously, you pretty much can't turn on your 3DS in public if you don't want to upgrade your firmware and live in North America.
     
  6. KingVamp

    KingVamp Great... AETHER!

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    Force update just seem to have been a rumor.

    So I think you can get content without secret AP.
     
  7. Maz7006

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    they really want this to be a big social thing.

    makes sense.

    FREE !
     
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    Its true,totally agree but only if th3 3DS really update with the presence of WiFi
     
  9. DiscostewSM

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    I dunno. They could configure the 3DS to automatically connect to these hotspots (and download an update if available), but require user confirmation for any other WiFi, right?
     
  10. KingVamp

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    Well then do not update 'till it safe. [​IMG]
     
  11. squall23

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    Why do people keep talking about forced updates? Didn't Nintendo outright confirm that you can turn off wifi?
     
  12. Snailface

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    Nintendo had a similar deal with Mcdonalds with the OG DS and hardly anyone used it, lol. Probably the same the here. I think AT&T just likes the cheap publicity of this meaningless partnership with Nintendo.

    Edit: It's probably too harsh to say meaningless, but most peeps will probably connect their 3DS at home.
     
  13. zuron7

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    GPS not available in this area
    I wonder if they will give good speed or whether it will be capped for the 3DS.
     
  14. Canonbeat234

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    If that's the case then why couldn't AT&T let the Iphones have a wireless hotspot feature? It just cheap publicity for the masses.
     
  15. ShadowSoldier

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    Because AT&T fucking suck. Seriously, you figure if you're with them, the best place for service is right by their store. But nope. There are no good spots with AT&T.

    And the thing is, if I want their services, I'd have to drive 4 hours to get to the nearest town with their hotspots (I'm in Canada). Nintendo honestly should have went with Verizon, or Rogers or some other cell phone company here in Canada. I don't even know anybody who has AT&T.
     
  16. sergster1

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    If they are giving 3DS users free wifi then i demand that us ipod touch users get free wifi aswell i mean support you own damn product at&t ohh and @Shadow Soldier Keyboard+Mouse are better than controllers [​IMG]
     
  17. ferret7463

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    I am always a little wary of the word "FREE". Normally "FREE" to me has always come with strings attached,which has cost me more money than it was worth. [​IMG]
     
  18. FAST6191

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    /me sets about finding 3ds mac address range and/or possible handshake protocol and/or things they left able to be tunnelled through.

    Even more ways to get myself some free wifi out and about- thanks AT&T.
     
  19. TheTwoR's

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    Guys stop complaining. You guys seem more angry than you'd be if this news wasn't announced.
     
  20. AlanJohn

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    Yes, but now this means that its now 300% more easier to go to the web and make an update while your 3DS is in sleep mode...