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Starbucks and free wi-fi

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JayFarrar, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Starbucks is rolling out free wi-fi.

    http://tech.msn.com/news/articlepcw.aspx?cp-documentid=7861543&GT1=40000

    So it has a catch, but does this mean people will go to Starbucks more?
     
  2. bagelchick

    bagelchick Active Member

    There's so many places that have free wi-fi now, that I can't see how this will.
     
  3. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Yeah, they're way behind on this bandwagon. Paying $6 to T-Mobile every time I wanted to get online at Starbucks made Panera a much more attractive option for me.
     
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Yes, it's free wi-fi. But you have to pay $8 for FUCKING COFFEE to use it.
     
  5. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    I might take advantage of this at the Starbucks inside the Barnes and Nobles, or maybe out on the road, but that would be about it.
     
  6. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Count me in. I've made myself unwelcome at Staples because of free wifi. I've been going and parking in their parking lot to do some recreational web surfing when I'm running around. Last week, apparently, the folks closing up got a little nervous about the dude parked out in their lot for the last hour. A cop came by and checked me out.

    Damn, never thought about robbery. I could use the dough.
     
  7. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    Fuck paying for Internet access in public places.

    And Office Max, with free coffee, has become an enticing option.
     
  8. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Local hospital has free wi-fi, coffee and fruit.
    Hotels have all that plus cookies. And yes, I have imagined a boss, who was coming to town and that's why I needed to spend hours in their lobby.
    I wonder if Charlie Pierce knows how many times he's been the boss I've been waiting on.
     
  9. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    i remember reading about a guy who got a ticket for parking outside of a coffee house just for using the free wi-fi. forget the charge, but it amounted to stealing because the wi-fi was for customers only.
    heard of something similar happening in a library parking lot.
     
  10. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I was surprised to find that Starbucks, given its reputation, didn't already have free wi-fi. But I discovered otherwise one night while trying to surf, killing time while my wife went inside to get overpriced coffee.
     
  11. JR

    JR Active Member

    I think that would be brain dead simple for any lawyer to fight in court.
     
  12. bagelchick

    bagelchick Active Member

    I'm in trouble then, because you can often find me outside all kinds of places scarfing their free wi-fi!
     
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