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Starbucks to add free Wi-Fi to 6,700 locations

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 Jun 2010 21:58 User comments (3)

Starbucks to add free Wi-Fi to 6,700 locations Beginning on July 1st, Starbucks will begin offering unlimited free Wi-Fi in all of its 6700 U.S. locations, in an effort to bring more potential customers into the coffee shops.
The company adds that the Wi-Fi will "eventually include a new network of news and entertainment content exclusively for customers."

Starbucks has been losing customers to McDonald's, which offers free Wi-Fi, and cheaper priced coffee, as well.

The chain had offered Wi-Fi, but only two hours a day for free, and you had to register. On average, laptop/netbook users at Starbucks spend one hour using the wireless, currently, says CEO Howard Schultz.

McDonald's has offered free, unlimited Wi-Fi at all 11,500 U.S. locations since January.

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3 user comments

114.6.2010 22:40

More places to point a dish at...soon VPNs will be redundant.

215.6.2010 1:00

Looks like McDonalds is winning at something.

316.6.2010 4:26

Oooh good - more wireless unsecured starbucks networks for the hackers to infiltrate and devastate your lives if you happen to use their service.

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