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Pret A Manger Offers Free WiFi: No Strings Attached

If you've ever been to London, you'll know what I mean when I say that Pret A Manger — the all natural food retailer — is so popular in the UK, that it's more prominent on street corners than Starbucks. When I lived in London I was a regular Pret customer at least a few times a week, so when I heard the news that they now offer free WiFi without any restrictions or obligations my love for the retailer grew stronger. What does this mean for customers? They won't be pressured to purchase any product inside the store or buy prepaid cards for only two hours of WiFi use — unlike Starbucks here in the US.

Already, there are 170 stores (out of the 190 Pret A Manger's) that offer the service, and I haven't heard whether or not they will roll it out in the NY stores.

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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i live in seattle and all the coffeehouses except starbucks offer free wifi, which is why i don't go there. and most of the book stores do except for barnes and nobles which is why i don't go there. too many free wifi options to be paying for internet.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
I Love Pret!! I go every time I am in London.
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 8 years
Loved Pret! It was my favorite hangout place in London. Their turkey wraps were to die for! Good news about the wifi. The one I went to in Central London was huge, so even if it was crowded, you still got a nice table where you can fiddle with your laptop or smartphone.
stephsharer stephsharer 8 years
they're building one in DC too.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Ugh, COME TO THE WEST COAST! I was obsessed with this place when I visited Europe a few years ago, and made a point to go when I was in New York last year =/
devils devils 8 years
Pret has some good stuff :) I had it when I was in London visiting a friend. Haven't gone to any of the shops in NY though, maybe I will soon
amiette amiette 8 years
the new mifi device that's coming out will solve all those where to get wifi problems- not sure who's going to carry it though, but i read it will be available early next year!
kia kia 8 years
It is so irritating to me that places like Starbuck's don't offer free Wi-Fi like this place. Isn't one of their most recent trends that stores that were being developed were placed near businesses where there is free wi-fi like Panera and smaller cafes?
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I am kind of obsessed with Pret soups and their breadless sandwiches. I go there almost every day for a soup now that it's freezing outside! But like Shadow said above, I have no idea how anyone could sit with their laptop there as it's manic - not only during lunch time, but at all hours!
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
However, I will add I don't see how anyone can use WiFi in there, at least the one near the Cally Hotel is totally crowded most of the time, not a lot of places to sit....in fact I usually get my stuff to go for just that reason!
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Pret in Edinburgh rocks. <3
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
omg I LOVE Pret! Nothing beats it.... just nothing. I practically lived on it when i lived in London, too. Except perhaps Leon, they have superb food too.
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