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Starbucks to bring free Wi-Fi to all its stores

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Mon June 14, 2010

Starbucks bringing free Wi-Fi to stores in July

Premium coffee chain Starbucks revealed that it will offer unlimited free Wi-Fi access in its company-operated US locations starting on July 1. Currently, Starbucks offers two free hours per day to registered customers at nearly 6,700 locations. The free access, provided by AT&T, won't require a Starbucks loyalty card.

At the same time, Starbucks announced some paid web content will be free to customers in the fall as well. Called the Starbucks Digital Network, the service will grant free access to paid sites that include the Wall Street Journal and exclusive content and free downloads from iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA Today, Yahoo and Zagat. [via Yahoo]



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  1. Herod

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    sweet

    now i can bring my computer, printer, and fax machine and sit at starbucks all day!!

  1. testudo

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    +1

    Re: sweet

    Which is exactly why they and others put in the limits in the first place!

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

    -2

    sweet!

    Now I actually have something to consider while I strive to never ever go to Starbucks.

  1. ggirton

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    there are no limits

    at the other coffee shops in my area that offer free wifi. One is packed all the time, and the other is full of very quiet people all day long. It doesn't seem to have caused a problem. On the other hand, though, there is no college nearby.

  1. dimmer

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    Joined: Feb 2006

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    Day late...

    Back in the old "toilet seat" iBook days StarBucks was thinking of rolling out WiFi at all stores for free. Day #1 they wanted free AirPort base station, by day #5 they wanted 5 to 10 iBooks per store. All were going to use a "VLAN" from their corporate 56kbps network. Security, schmurity. Apple pulled out from the deal (after settin g up StarBucks CEO with a complete home network with WiFi (Password: STBKSUX).

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