Starbucks Taking the Lid Off Free WiFi

The next time you step into your local Starbucks, you may be treated to a huge blanket of free Wi-Fi connectivity. At least, that’s what Computerworld’s Mike Elgan seems to think. He’s predicting that Starbucks will soon dish out free WiFi internet access to (paying) customers, encouraging them to grab their java at their place rather than the other guy across the street.

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Vancouver, there are countless coffee joints that offer free WiFi access to customers, encouraging them to whip our their Inspirons and MacBooks, surfing to their heart’s delight as they sip on a latte or cappuccino.

jkOnTheRun is offering an interesting system wherein customers would be given a WiFi card with every purchase, providing them with three concurrent days of free wireless Internet access. I personally think that it should just be free all the time and you just need to grab the access key from the counter.


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