AT&T Takes Over Starbucks Wi-Fi
Broadband customers suddenly broaden their access options...
Something of note for AT&T DSL subscribers who get free Wi-Fi access
with their connections: Starbucks has dropped their relationship with T-Mobile and will now offer Wi-Fi service from AT&T/Wayport. The deal now gives AT&T more than 17,000 U.S. hot spots and 70,000 globally. According to AT&T, Starbucks card holders will get two hours of free Wi-Fi per day, and employees (partners) will get free access. From the press release
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.
AT&T is also changing access pricing, which used to be $10 per day and $6 per hour under T-Mobile. Under the AT&T flag, access now costs $6 for two hours of use. $20 remains AT&T's monthly access price, unless you're a broadband customer, most of whom get access for free. AT&T's hotspot locators (which of course doesn't include the Starbucks locations yet) is available here
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Umm, what the HELL?!
I pay $60/month for two phones to get Total Internet specifically so we can use all the Starbucks locations for free.
Starbucks, fuck you, and fuck your little dog AT&T, too.
I ain't switching to AT&T, that's for damn sure, not the least of which because their data rates suck dick.
Starbucks HQ is about ten blocks south of here. (Uh, and TMO HQ is about ten miles due east.) Makes me want to make a personal visit, if I thought it'd do any good.