AT & T, Starbucks team up for free Wi-Fi

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 6:58am
Brian Santo

Starbucks is going to team with AT&T so that it can offer free Wi-Fi for the first time. Starbucks has long offered a paid Wi-Fi service through T-Mobile.

Once the deal with AT&T goes down, Starbucks customers will end up with a choice of both free and paid Wi-Fi services. Customers using a Starbucks card will get two hours of free access, after which they can pay $3.99 for two more hours of access.

Customers will also have the option to pay the flat $19.99 monthly fee that provides access to AT&T’s entire Wi-Fi hotspot network.

Starbucks outlets will automatically be included in AT&T’s Wi-Fi network, meaning AT&T customers who subscribe to U-verse and qualifying broadband plans will have free access to Wi-Fi in all Starbucks, at all times.

T-Mobile and AT&T have cut a side deal so that T-Mobile customers who had free access to Wi-Fi in Starbucks stores will continue to have it at no extra charge.

AT&T said it will soon extend the benefits of Wi-Fi at Starbucks to its wireless customers.

More than 100,000 Starbucks partners – the company’s term for employees – will receive free AT&T Wi-Fi accounts, allowing them to use the network in Starbucks company-operated locations offering Wi-Fi access.

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