Starbucks gives in--- Free wifi for all starting July 1.

  • silverfox

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    Jun 16, 2010 4:14 PM GMT
    Good news for internet junkies....thanks to competition from McDonalds of all folks, Starbucks is forced to fold on it's pay for wifi policy.

    Read the story here:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/06/starbucks-caves-on-free-wi-fi.html

    Will this make you go to Starbucks more?
    For me, I think it is going to make my neighborhood pick up coffee spot too crowded!

    I think I might go less actually....how about you?
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    Jun 16, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    silverfox1 said
    Will this make you go to Starbucks more?
    Yes
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    Jun 16, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
    No. I have a Verizon card through work. I can get internet just about anywhere I need it. And I don't drink coffee. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • stevendust

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    Jun 16, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    I was already getting free WiFi from them because I used to be a partner. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 16, 2010 9:09 PM GMT
    Oh, when I go into Starbucks it's usually 'cause I lost a bet.
  • calibro

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    Jun 16, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    is this in accordance of them raising drink prices to offset the cost? icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 16, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    Sbux wifi has been free for about a year and a half here....

    I study there a lot
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    Jun 16, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    Not really. The rare times I get coffee, I'm on the go.
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    Jun 17, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    MsclDrew saidSbux wifi has been free for about a year and a half here....

    I study there a lot


    Not in NY/NJ it isn't.

    It will absolutely get me in Starbucks more, though I will feel no obligation to purchase anything if I don't want to.
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    Jun 17, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    its about freaking time...now ill have a reason to go in and buy their awful coffee
  • mtneerman

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    Jun 17, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    never been inside a starbucks. this will not change that.
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    Jun 17, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidGood news for internet junkies....thanks to competition from McDonalds of all folks, Starbucks is forced to fold on it's pay for wifi policy.

    Read the story here:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/06/starbucks-caves-on-free-wi-fi.html

    Will this make you go to Starbucks more?
    For me, I think it is going to make my neighborhood pick up coffee spot too crowded!

    I think I might go less actually....how about you?


    Of course, they've probably done a bunch of internal studies showing that more people will stay for longer times and consume more when not limited by pay for wifi time...wifi is becoming the equivalent of bar snacks, it costs money to have it, but having it free increases consumption of their product.
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    Jun 17, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    $5.00 for a coffee?

    No.. the WiFi is not free.
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    Jun 17, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    Free internet will not lure me to Starbucks.

    I already balk at the absurd prices.

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    Jun 17, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    26mileman saidFree internet will not lure me to Starbucks.

    I already balk at the absurd prices.



    To a certain point you get what you pay for. In starbucks case the company purchases eco and people friendly coffee, they give their part time employees good benefits, the stores are clean and comfortable and the staff is nearly universally polite. They charge what the market can bear and have been successful in doing so. Sure, it may seem like just coffee..but its in the same way that Tumi is just a bag. Those that can tell the difference are willing to pay for the product. Everyone else goes to dunkin or micky d's
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    sure i'll go there more often to pick up some free wifi. why not? it's about time starbucks dropped their pay-for-wifi policy. so stupid, especially since they're making an assload already.
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:08 AM GMT
    definitely, my best friend works there, so im there often, this is just a bonus icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    Since it's about 200 miles to the closest Starbucks, I doubt I will go to one any more than I already do.
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    Wow, I didn't know Starbucks made customers pay for Wifi service; that's absurd. Starbucks is a coffee giant, but they tap your wallet a little more by making you pay for wireless internet. Now! that's a company I want to throw money at. . . You'd think for being such a large corporation they'd be nicer to their customers because they have the money to do so.

    Why not go to a local coffee shop? Most of the ones I live around have free internet service. Or is this different in larger cities?
  • oursirpeace

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    stevendust saidI was already getting free WiFi from them because I used to be a partner. icon_cool.gif

    What do you mean free wifi for partners? I was one just a month ago. I could always use my free Starbucks account to log in for wifi on my iPhone, doesn't matter if you are a partner or not. Or is the US finally catching on free wifi? Unless by "free" they mean ALL day access, not just 2 hours a day.
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    Jun 17, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    Starbuck's Wifi is not all that it's cracked up to be. First of all, it will still be provided by AT&T and the content will be only what Starbuck's allows so it is not going to be the "entire" www.....They are doing this to compete with McDonald's? Who goes to McDonald's with a laptop?icon_rolleyes.gif

    I am a loyal Caribou patron who has always had free internet access with no blockage.
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    Jun 17, 2010 4:50 AM GMT
    I haven't been inside a starbucks in over 2 years. Having free internet will not make me want to go back. As high as the prices are there, they should have had free internet since they opened.
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    Jun 17, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    starbuck's having free wifi still does nothing to hide the fact that they cannot pull a proper espresso shot, or properly foam milk, or make a decent drink that isn't cloaked in a veil of excess sugar and fat. this is analogous to waffle house saying that they now offer organic, local-farmer parsley as their garnishes.
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    Jun 17, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    this will make me go more,
    i'm taking classes over the summer term and have been studying at the 24 hour Starbucks over the summer but never wanted to pay for wifi. But I'm excited about this I for sure will be going more now.