Apr 26, 2008
Nic Cho

AT&T And Starbucks Announce Free Wi-Fi Service Starting May 1

Good news for AT&T high speed Internet and Wi-Fi customers. The nation’s largest Wi-Fi provider, AT&T and coffee giant, Starbucks have jointly announced the rollout of free AT&T Wi-Fi service at more than 7,000 Starbucks locations across US, starting May 1.

“With the power of our Wi-Fi network, and through our partnership with Starbucks, we’re strengthening our ability to meet the needs of today’s mobile consumer virtually anywhere and everywhere, said Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer, AT&T Inc. “Expanding our reach across company-operated Starbucks locations nationwide helps us bridge the gap between our wired and wireless offerings and affirms AT&T’s commitment to connect people with their worlds, everywhere they live and work.”

“We continue to build on the experience we know our customers expect from us,” said Chris Bruzzo, chief technology officer, Starbucks. “By partnering with AT&T as our U.S. Wi-Fi provider we aim to deliver a better value, greater convenience and seamless connectivity in a mobility centric world to our customers.”

According to the press release, “Free AT&T Wi-Fi service is currently offered with AT&T’s three higher-speed residential broadband packages, all small business broadband packages and with all AT&T U-verse offerings with high speed Internet service. For other customers, AT&T Wi-Fi service will reach company-operated Starbucks locations on a market-by-market basis throughout the year. The experience will include a mix of free and paid connection options for both frequent and occasional Wi-Fi users and qualifying Starbucks customers.”

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