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Free WiFi Arrives at Starbucks

It's been a long time coming, but it has been well worth the wait because Starbucks is kicking off their AT&T free WiFi service today!

According to USA Today, customers that register online for the Starbucks Rewards Card program and purchase a $5 prepaid card will receive two (consecutive) hours a day of free WiFi.

Double bonus — new members will also receive a voucher for a free drink! By the sounds of it, Starbucks is rolling out the free WiFi across 7,000 stores in the US. But stay tuned for more info to come!


ladygypsy ladygypsy 9 years
How does Starbucks make more money: one person sprawled out studying at a table for four for two hours, or filling up that table TWICE in two hours with four people chatting and drinking coffee? I like to meet up with my Mom at Starbucks for coffee and chat. Sometimes we have to leave because all of the tables are being used by people working and studying. We've even seen people ask the baristas for the music to be turned off because they're trying to work! I think this is Starbucks' way of saying, "Well, if we're stuck with losing table space to people who come here to work, we may as well boost our ROI by making them buy more stuff."
girlie871 girlie871 9 years
I always end up falling for that free wifi gimmick. In SF I'll try and use the wifi while i'm out and about and then a tmobile page pops up and asks me to log in. I think the only place ive ever used free wifi that didn't cut out every other second was at the airport.
Ninotchka Ninotchka 9 years
The Starbucks here in Chile has totally free wifi, which is amazing. It always really bothered me how they charged for it in the US when I was there.
Bisque Bisque 9 years
Hmm, although I haven't gone there in a while, I think the starbucks here in the Philippines already has free wifi and we can charge our laptops for free in the outlets provided. I really should check that out again to make sure.
sumbum sumbum 9 years
That offer doesn't make any sense....FREE wifi, if you pay & register a $5 gift card?? I don't get how its FREE????
N9N0 N9N0 9 years
Kiss those seats goodbye.
underyourwaves underyourwaves 9 years
Um, why should I pay for a Starbucks card for free wi-fi when I can get it pretty much anywhere for free?
ladypenguin ladypenguin 9 years
Yeah, I get that $5 is for food and drink...but it sounds like you have to make a purchase at least once a month with that card. Granted, anyone who is going into Starbucks is and should be buying something anyway, but adding the card to the mix seems so confusing. I'm not a Starbucks drinker anyway, but it always surprised me that they charged for WiFi at all.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
here's my question though - i have cards that i've registered to the site already, that i've paid for - but does that mean that i don't get the free wifi? hmm...i'm going to have to ask about that cause that would upset me if i had to buy ANOTHER card.
nlj nlj 9 years
ladypenguin is right - this Wifi is not really free. you have to buy and maintain the starbucks card - which will inevitably end up with money left on it.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i always thought they had free wi-fi, too?! that would be the only reason i would ever step foot in one!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Sheesh. Still too many rules — I think they should just make it free, period.
Tech Tech 9 years
ladypenguin - the $5 card is for coffee, tea, treats etc. You don't have to spend it, it's just so that it proves you are a Starbucks customer. Granted, I'm sure they are hoping that you'll buy at least one drink!
jopperma jopperma 9 years
Didn't Starbucks always have free WiFi... I am confused.
ladypenguin ladypenguin 9 years
It's free but you have to pay $5? Thanks, but I'll stick with Panera's version of free wifi.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
this makes me subliminally happy!
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
A free drink!?!
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