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Buy a coffee and enjoy free Wi-Fi

Back in 2008 Starbucks began offering iPhone owners free Wi-Fi.  Since that time, it has slowly expanded free Wi-Fi benefits to other groups, including Green card and Gold card members.  To get 2-hours of free Wi-Fi, you had to use your card and sign up for a complementary account from AT&T.

Now Starbucks has posted some exciting news on its corporate Twitter account.  Representative Brad Nelson writes:

We're very excited to announce that coming July 1st: Free. 1 click. No registration WIFI at all US locations! :-)

Many customers will appreciate not having to submit information to AT&T, especially given the company's recent security headaches.  It also should also help keep Starbucks competitive with rivals like Borders Books, which currently offer unlimited free Wi-Fi, with no need to register.

It's safe to assume that Starbucks has taken the necessary precautions to block p2p and filesharing traffic (you would assume).  There may also be other limitations to the in-store Wi-Fi connections.  

Still, that's a small price to pay, considering Starbucks has over 10,000 stores in the U.S. alone. 

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Better Coffee
By deeznuts on 6/14/2010 6:20:39 PM , Rating: 5
Now if they can only improve their coffee. I'm no snob but Starbucks is horrible. Coffee nerds don't call it Charbucks for nothing.

RE: Better Coffee
By xSauronx on 6/14/2010 7:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
agreed. i once made the mistake of purchasing a cup of coffee there. once. ick.

RE: Better Coffee
By GaryJohnson on 6/15/2010 9:09:40 AM , Rating: 2
just a plain coffee?

RE: Better Coffee
By Sulphademus on 6/15/2010 9:48:41 AM , Rating: 3
As Leary would put it "Coffee Flavored Coffee"

RE: Better Coffee
By dajeepster on 6/15/2010 1:26:20 AM , Rating: 4
but you don't see the big picture...

It's a uniform charring accross all starbucks!!


RE: Better Coffee
By xsilver on 6/15/2010 1:48:16 AM , Rating: 3
Why improve on their product when their customers know no better and they are still making good money?
Its like asking McDonalds why they dont make gourmet burgers? (incidentally McD's are making gourmet burgers where I am but I still wouldnt call them gourmet - hence my point)

RE: Better Coffee
By Omega215D on 6/15/2010 2:45:59 AM , Rating: 5
Sounds like customers of a certain Cuppertino based company....

Time to fire up your favorite bittorrent program...
By dj LiTh on 6/14/2010 6:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
Since the movie industry and lawyers seem hell bent on persecuting people, lets give them a taste of their own medicine. Lets all converge on starbucks all over the country and start downloading every movie ever posted up on bittorrent sharing sites. Then watch Starbucks Lawyers win one for the "team", and get some of our rights back.

By neothe0ne on 6/14/2010 7:24:19 PM , Rating: 4
Actually, Starbucks would shut down their wifi faster than you could blink, then maybe turn around and sue you.

By HrilL on 6/14/2010 7:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
No registration + cloned mac address = Never going to know who it was... But more likely they'll block P2P or at least on the standard ports.

By EJ257 on 6/15/2010 8:30:05 AM , Rating: 2
But more likely they'll block P2P or at least on the standard ports.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought clients like uTorrent can search out an open port and use say port 80?

By Aliens959 on 6/15/2010 11:13:36 AM , Rating: 2
Probably with some Packet inspection firewall.

By HrilL on 6/15/2010 11:37:50 AM , Rating: 2
You may be able to get a connection working over port 80 but if they were smart they'd only allow HTTP over port 80. Also you wouldn't be able to be listening on port 80 so inbound connections would be worthless. They'll likely block inbound traffic on port 80 like most Home service ISPs do.

By jimbojimbo on 6/15/2010 11:50:36 AM , Rating: 2
Also, 80 is only useful if every other torrent user set their port to 80. Likely they use the default random high port which would get blocked. It'll be like using torrents with one or two connections instead of the hundreds like usual.

about darn time
By inperfectdarkness on 6/14/2010 5:10:39 PM , Rating: 3
...considering that even mcdonalds has it free.

RE: about darn time
By ratbert1 on 6/14/2010 5:39:20 PM , Rating: 4
I didn't know McD's was free. I have a Verizon air card, so starbucks is free for me, but to use the wifi you still have to have the Verizon dongle plugged in. It was easier to go to Panera. This will be nice.

RE: about darn time
By xmichaelx on 6/14/2010 6:36:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. McDonalds and every other coffee shop I've ever been in. Starbucks adds this just in time for me to never need it - I can just tether with my phone.

RE: about darn time
By afkrotch on 6/14/2010 7:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
Starbucks has been free for me, since last year. Of course, the Starbucks I've been using is in S.Korea.

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