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Well, well, well…..Starbucks to offer free Wi-Fi

Imagine my surprise when I read this article yesterday about Starbuck’s beginning to offer free Wi-Fi beginning July 1, 2010. I wrote an article in February expressing my disappointment in Starbuck’s charging for Wi-Fi. I have to say that this is a long time coming and a little behind the times in the market. Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread and even many Mc Donald’s locations have been offering free Wi-Fi for a while.

Some of the highlights on the details:

  • Free – Wi-Fi – no Starbucks Card required
  • One-Click – no username or password required
  • Unlimited – no time limit – there used to be a 2 hour restriction

Since I dissed Starbuck’s in my previous post, I thought it was only fair to report that they will be catching up with the times shortly. Starbuck’s does offer a variety of gluten-free snacks and drinks. Please be cautious when ordering any of the Frappaccinos, as there have been some changes made to the base mixes. You can read more about the changes here and there is some clarification here.

Now, back to business – laying on the beach! ;)

5 comments to Well, well, well…..Starbucks to offer free Wi-Fi

  • I'm going to make a list of things I want changed and then get you to blog about them … clearly you are one powerful woman! ;-) Nothing like the effects of the economy (most likely) to make Starbucks do something that others like Panera Bread have been doing for ages.

    xo,

    Shirley

  • Thanks Shirley! :) I would love to blog about things you want changed. Anything to help a friend out.

    Hope you are having a nice time on vacation!!

  • Yes I was pleasantly surprised when I was in there over the weekend. Do you know if their hot chocolate is GF?

  • Kim

    Anna,

    Yes, it is. Jon loves their hot chocolate! :)

  • Tina Kalvelage

    I quit going to Starbucks because I wasn't going to buy wi-fi when so many other coffee shops have it for free – but then again, I like to support the independent/smaller coffee shops anyway so I'll continue to surf there instead of Starbucks

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