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McDonald's Wi-Fi to be permanently free

updated 10:25 pm EST, Tue December 15, 2009

Restaurant drops Wi-Fi fees

McDonald's tonight revealed that its Wi-Fi hotspots will soon be free. The fast food chain is dropping its previous $3, two-hour rate as of mid-January as an effort to turn its stores into "destinations" where customers are encouraged to stay for longer periods and use their notebooks or smartphones.

These changes also accompany a change in menu that will focus on more coffees and desserts that wouldn't normally accompany a meal by themselves.

The free access steps up competition with Starbucks and other coffee chains, many of which either already offer access for free or else have charged similar amounts to attract customers to their own locations. It may also impact AT&T, as it provides Internet access to both of the food vendors and has potentially stood to profit from frequent visitors. [via WSJ]



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  1. Mr. Strat

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    It's still c***

    It will take more than that to get me to eat there.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

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    McDonald's DOES suck

    what's with the thumbs down people? It is fast food, which is BAD for you. Do you really want me to go into it?

    And if you're going to eat fast food anyway, for chrissakes, why McDonald's? It's the Budweiser of fast food.

  1. testudo

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    Why?

    Why eat fast food at mcdonalds? It's got free wifi! Oh, and play rooms for the kids! And my local one has a whole new coffee bar!

    And if people stop going there, they might end up in my favorite restaurants and annoy the h*** out of me.

    And there's a lot of people in the US who swear by Budweiser.

  1. chucker

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    USA

    Mock McDonalds if you must but at this point in time, McDonald's and "Apple computers" are the only two things that America exports that the rest of the world likes... heck, you can't even rely on Tiger anymore...

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