The boss of AT&T, Apple's partner for the iPhone in the US, has said he expects the forthcoming iPad to be mainly used by those searching the net using Wi-fi.

"My expectation is that there's not going to be a lot of people out there looking for another subscription," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson during a webcast of an investor conference on Tuesday.  

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Stephenson added the device would be a mainly "Wi-fi driven product," with users either using the iPad around the home or taking advantage of free Wi-fi spots offered by coffee shops, forward thinking councils and the like. 

In the UK, Swindon Borough Council recently completed the first phase of its plan to install a Wi-fi network across the town, offering residents free internet access.