Starbucks wireless network

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Does anybody know if Starbucks lets you use their wireless network at no charge or is there a fee?


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    alcimedesalcimedes Posts: 5,486member
    dunno, but i'd be interested in finding out. i've got a laptop with wireless now, so this would be nice to know.
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    nebagakidnebagakid Posts: 2,692member
    that would nifty, they are built so often, they could be america's first nationwide wireless computer network <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" /> <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
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    I live in Austin, TX and if they have wireless network you could probably stay connected driving in a car around town. There are more starbucks here than out of work high-techers...and that is a lot.
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    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    My starbucks used to have a subscription thing which was free, but they tracked users and sold their information to make money. <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />
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    drewpropsdrewprops Posts: 2,321member
    From what I've heard on AI from other users is that the company that originally contracted to do this wireless program has folded. I thought that it was Compaq that had been announced, but it was this other company.

    The idea was always that they'd probably sell you time on the machines, most likely using your Starbuck's card as a means of paying for time or accessing your account.

    Now that the rigging company has supposedly gone out of business, this may be a pipe dream. Sure it would be easy to rig up the hardware, but the real challenge is how to make money off of it. The answer IS to use the Starbucks cards, but first of all there needs to be a billing method in place.

    I'm not going to hold my breath on Starbucks making this happen these days....

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