Starbucks plans to make Wi-Fi public to everyone at all locations starting July 1

Starbucks plans to make Wi-Fi public to everyone at all locations starting July 1
What's better than sipping on a nice and cool coffee drink at the thousands of Starbucks locations littered across the country? Well how about surfing the web on your mobile handset via Wi-Fi? For the millions across the country that go through the front doors of Starbucks locations, customers are surely aware about the Wi-Fi network that's available through AT&T – which can be done once you go through a rigorous registration process. In addition, customers will have to pay for the service in order to enjoy surfing the web while slowly drinking their paid beverage. However, things are looking a bit more cheerful starting on July 1st as it looks like the company will be making it available for free to the public. So that means bye bye to those lengthy registration processes and hourly fees to enjoy some Wi-Fi action on your mobile handset. With close to 12,000 locations around the country, you can always be connected if you happen to find network coverage a bit spotty in certain locations.

via MobileCrunch


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7 Comments

1. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Free is good...

2. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Wonder if this has anything to do with At&t and their data plans? Isn't At&t the provider for their hotspots services? Wonder if they are trying to make Wifi a better option to use Iphones, since 3G is limited now?

3. scottmbolt unregistered

F_ck you Starbucks! I have been using Panera Bread's free Wifi for 5 years ... so they have my loyalty.

4. majicc07

Posts: 28; Member since: May 07, 2009

iPhone wifi has been free anyway from the begining. Remember anywhere AT&T has wifi service accessing it by iPhone or any AT&T PDA I believe was free. iPhone was free for sure, not 100% sure about other PDA's.

5. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

Maybe this will make that $5.00 cup of coffee taste better.

6. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

free wifi was only available if u had iPhone, blackberry, or U-Verse...that sucks...luckily the restaurant next door has free wi-fi...cannot wait for july...

7. becazican unregistered

yes panera bread has been offering this for the last 5 years, so i will stay there, who likes that burnt coffee at starbucks anyway. dunkin donuts has better

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