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United States : AT&T adds Wi-Fi hot zone zone in Charlotte, NC.

After setting up a special Wi-Fi hot zone in Times Square in May, AT&T has now taken a similar step in busy downtown Charlotte, N.C. And it plans to add a Chicago Wi-Fi hot zone soon.

The hot zones are part of a pilot project to bolster wireless coverage for AT&T customers in busy areas with high levels of 3G traffic, the carrier said in a statement.

Customer usage in New York City's Times Square area has turned out to be "better than expected," the carrier said. Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president of Wi-Fi services for the carrier, said the Times Square hot zone has won praise from customers. She also said Wi-Fi is a key part of mobilizing "everything that's important to our customers."

AT&T said it had 68 million Wi-Fi connections on its network in the second quarter of 2010, up from 15 million connections for the same period in 2009. Many of the smartphones AT&T sells support auto-authentication, allowing AT&T customers to move from 3G networks to Wi-Fi hot zones automatic.

In addition to larger hot zones, AT&T has 20,000 hot spots in restaurants and cafes in the U.S.

AT&T said the Charlotte hot zone runs along South Brevard Street from the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza to East Trade Street and serves AT&T customers waiting to use the nearby Lynx light rail.

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