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McDonald's plans to offer free Wi-Fi

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I'm not going to start hanging out at McDonald's, but if you're traveling, it's a great option for checking your email. I had to do this on Monday & ducked into a Panera Bread, but McDonald's is everywhere.

    Should lead to more folks offering free wi-fi too.

  2. partain

    partain Member

    I've used the Wi-Fi at McDonalds a lot lately to send stories. My home internet provider has a deal with AT&T, so I get to use their hotspots for free, and at least in my state they have a hotspot at nearly every McDonalds and Starbucks. Just be careful on deadline. Last night my usual spot down the street from two of the schools I cover wouldn't allow me to connect. Had to drive 10 minutes north to the next one and nearly missed deadline.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Moving next door to a McDonald's and leaching their wifi now sounds like a good idea!
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    As long as you don't mind the smell of grease. Hell, if you drive five minutes with a bag of McDonald's in your car, and you don't roll down your windows, your car will smell for days.
  5. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    I didn't know this wasn't a national thing already. All the ones near me already offer it.
  6. partain

    partain Member

    I think the free part is what's new. I've only been able to access it for free because of my internet provider's deal with AT&T.
  7. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Cool - you can use the wi-fi to look up a decent place to eat.
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Smart business idea.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    McDonald's has had wifi for two years or so now.
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Not free though.
  11. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    Every McDonald's in the city I live has free wifi, as does the McDonald's closest to my parents house in Kansas City. Until I got a wireless card, I've used the wifi at the McDonald's near my parents every time I visted the last two years at least.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I have posted this before on other threads, but the biggest challenge on the horizon facing schools is bridging the gap between the students with high-speed wifi and those without.

    I feel internet service should be provided by the government like roads, water and sewer service, but since it is not, Micky D's filling the gap is a brilliant business move.

    To crossthread, providing internet service to the community will be a service run out of school libraries in the near future.
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