AT&T to offer Starbucks Wi-Fi from 1 May

28 Apr 2008

AT&T says it plans to begin phasing in its Wi-Fi wireless internet services at Starbucks coffee shops from the start of May. Subscribers to AT&T’s higher tier fixed broadband services will be offered free wireless connectivity at Starbucks locations, while users who are part of the Starbucks loyalty card programme will also be offered up to two hours of free access per day. Other users will be able to access the service on a pay-as-you-go basis. Earlier this year AT&T was chosen to take over the operation of Wi-Fi hotspots in more than 7,000 Starbucks outlets across the US, bringing an end to a long-standing contract between Starbucks and T-Mobile USA. Under a roaming agreement with AT&T, T-Mobile customers will still be able to connect at Starbucks outlets, for a charge of USD6 an hour or USD9.99 a day.

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