Originally Posted by mydo
So? All I need is a Starbucks card and I get a coupla free hours of WiFi a day for my notebook and iPhone? Or did I read it all wrong?
From the PI article
(bold is mine, for emphasis):
Starbucks said it will give customers that use its Starbucks purchase card two hours of free wireless access per day. After that, it will cost $3.99 for a two-hour session. Monthly memberships will cost $19.99 and include access to any of AT&T's 70,000 hot spots worldwide.
The way I read that, you'll have to make a purchase on a registered Sbucks gift/debit card that day before you'll get credited for the two free hours. That's not all that different from how they implemented the iTunes Plus Two gift cards last fall (register each card to get a code redeemable for two iTunes downloads). That way they'll be able to automatically validate an AT&T Wifi account back to a purchase that day without bothering the barista.