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Starbucks to offer free WiFi




Two hours a day for Starbucks card holders ( with auto reload, be sure to register your card and sign up for auto reloads ) and some special yet to be announced deal for AT&T customers. ( Which is a good thing, Edge is useless you need WiFi for an iPhone to be usable online. )

TMobile customers will keep their access to the Starbucks HotSpots.

SEATTLE and SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 11, 2008 — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced plans to deliver AT&T Wi-FiSM service at more than 7,000 company-operated Starbucks locations across the United States. The initiative brings together two of the most recognizable global brands to create a powerful and convenient online experience for consumers and business customers. Starbucks and AT&T will offer a mix of free and paid Wi-Fi offerings at Starbucks stores to meet the needs of both frequent and occasional Starbucks Wi-Fi customers.
The initiative further expands the AT&T Wi-Fi network, already the largest in the United States, to more than 17,000 U.S. hot spots and more than 70,000 globally.
Beginning this spring, Starbucks Card holders can enjoy up to two hours of free Wi-Fi service per day at Starbucks locations offering Wi-Fi access, while more than 12 million qualifying AT&T broadband and AT&T U-verseSM Internet customers will have unlimited free access to the Wi-Fi service. In addition, more than 5 million of AT&T’s remote access services business customers will be able to access Wi-Fi service at Starbucks locations. AT&T will soon extend the benefits of Wi-Fi at Starbucks to its wireless customers. . . [ read more More than 12 million AT&T, Starbucks customers to get free WiFi access]

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TUAW is reporting that Starbucks WiFi portals for iPhones are being rolled out