Prediction: Starbucks Wi-Fi will soon be free

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Starbucks, the giant coffee chain with 13,168 locations worldwide, was a pioneer in rolling out wireless Internet access for customers. Along with partners T-Mobile and Hewlett-Packard, the company offers Wi-Fi for those who pay either a one-time connection fee or a monthly fee for all the Wi-Fi you can handle.

When Starbucks introduced for-pay Wi-Fi in 2002, it seemed like a great deal (especially for business customers who could expense it). But five years later, the model appears old and stale and ready for a complete overhaul.

Prediction: Starbucks will start rolling out free Wi-Fi access within one year.

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Note: Wi-Fi in Starbucks Malaysia is already free.

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#1 modemlooper on 01.01.08 at 9:09 am

I seriously doubt it. They may give an hour free with purchase or something. People hang out at Starbucks for way to long as it is with only buying a 2 dollar coffee. It makes no sense to give away the internet to freeloaders.

#2 josh on 03.29.12 at 10:27 am

well i think its free i went to the starbucks at the mall and i was connecting my ipod on there and it connected i bought a starbucks card but i was using the starbucks wifi to rejaster my card who knows if its because its in the mall or not but i dont think its a problem the next nearest starbucks i know is at the beach the only way to know is to try it! starbucks is usually packed anyways so whats the difference lol i doubt people will use it past 3 hours and if so you know they will buy something half of them have money but starbucks is a really pleasn’t place to be!!!

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