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Starbucks offer of free Wi-Fi to cardholders official

updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue June 3, 2008

Starbucks free Wi-Fi

Yesterday's report of specialty coffee chain Starbucks offering free-of-charge Wi-Fi access to customers has been made official, the company confirms through its sign-up page posted today. The deal offers two hours of uninterrupted access each day to Starbucks Card owners who use or top up their cards at least once a month, encouraging them to make regular visits to Starbucks that the company hopes will translate to increased coffee sales.

In addition to active use of the membership card, interested parties will also have to allow AT&T to send them four promotional e-mails per year. Customers with any 802.11.b/g capable device with web access can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi starting today.

AT&T has yet to confirm its plans to bring unlimited free Wi-Fi to iPhones and all Wi-Fi capable devices available through its cellular business, though these plans are expected to become public in the near term and already include the company's PC cards and USB modems.



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  1. Flesh-faced Recruit

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    Joined: Jun 2008

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    Very nice

    This is wonderful. This means that for a few dollars a month, I might be able to go to any Starbucks and check my e-mail or check a web site on my iPod Touch. Hopefully you don't have to buy a coffee to get WiFi access. There are so many Starbucks coffee shops in the Vancouver area that WiFi access would hardly ever be a problem here.

  1. Terrin

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    Not Impressed

    In the Ann Arbor Michigan area every Coffee Shop but Star Bucks offers free WI-FI without having to jump through any hoops. It is a wonder Starbucks is still in business. The coffee certainly isn't any better then what MacDonald's offers.

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