Cable companies join forces to offer free Wi-Fi in NYC area to their high-speed Internet customers

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Customers of Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. will soon be able to use their Wi-Fi-enabled devices in the New York metropolitan area even if they’re out of range from their local cable company,” Yinka Adegoke reports for Reuters.

MacDailyNews Take: NYC-area iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users rejoice!

“The three companies said on Thursday that they had reached an agreement to allow their respective high-speed Internet customers to roam freely across each of their Wi-Fi networks with devices like laptop computers and Apple Inc’s iPad,” Adegoke reports. “Customers can access all three Wi-Fi services and sign on to their own provider’s network.”

Adegoke reports, “All three cable companies jointly cover most of the New York City metropolitan area, including parts of New Jersey.”

Full article here.

21 Comments

  1. Pfftttt. New York. You think u have it bad, my reception is so bad in my crappy little town the bars actually face down in the negative. I try to make a call and the phone literally dissapers into a void.

  2. Apple continues to destroy all the business models of old. All the mothers that care not about the hand that feeds them and will milk their customers to death.

  3. @MDmac – No, but they do need Apples product. Not being able to keep up with demand for fully priced units, why would Apple participate in actions that will increase demand? Maybe next year.

  4. @ flirtsquirt

    Miami Beach has free WiFi, it’s been in place for a few months. After using it for a few days, I went back to my overpriced Atlantic Broad Band internet. It was just too inconsistent.
    I recently cancelled all cable and internet to save money ($180 month) and suffer with the free WiFi. I purchased an Afla 2000W Long Range USB WiFi Antenna, and OMG what a difference. Faster and better than ABB and it’s all free!!!

  5. @ lurker

    Apple would not be participating in the action as such.

    At any point, the cable company would simply purchase the iPads at list price and then give, discount, rent, etc., them as they do their modems to new or renewing customers.

    The cable company doesn’t have to tell Apple what they are going to do with their iPad purchases. Obviously, they would like to get Apple to provide quantity discounting, but that doesn’t reflect on the objective of their program.

    Apple may not need the increase demand per se, but the cable companies do.

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