June 15, 2010

Starbucks To Offer Free Wi-Fi

Starbucks will offer free wireless Internet service at its 6,700 U.S. stores next month and free digital content through a partnership with Yahoo.

The U.S. coffee giant said the free Wi-Fi service would be available from July 1 through AT&T.  Currently, customers who use the Starbucks card can have access to two hours of free Wi-Fi at the store.

Starbucks said it also plans to offer free digital content to customers, including free access to websites like The Wall Street Journal, which currently charges online readers for full access to WSJ.com.

Starbucks said in a statement that The "Starbucks Digital Network" will launch this fall and will offer "free unrestricted access to various paid sites and services.

The coffee chain said launch content providers will include Apple's iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo and Zagat.


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