I often work from coffee shops, but I never work from a Starbucks. Why would I when other coffee shops offer WiFi for free? You may just find me sitting in a Starbucks after July 1, sipping organic coffee and eating their healthier treats.
Right now, customers with a Starbucks card can get two free hours of WiFi each day when they register their card. Customers without a card must pay. After July 1, 2010, customers don’t need to register a card to get one-click connectivity with no time limit.
I’m not about to abandon my favorite independent, local coffee shop that has offered free WiFi for quite some time now. But, when I’m traveling, it will be good to know that as long as there is a Starbucks, I can work and bring you all your eco-friendly food news without having to pay a fee.
Later this fall, Starbucks will also offer the Starbucks Digital Network.
The Starbucks Digital Network will offer you free access to exclusive content, community news and local volunteer opportunities on your laptop, tablet or smart phone. And it will only be available in our stores
We’ve teamed up with Yahoo! and a growing list of premium content partners, including the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Zagat, to enrich your coffeehouse experience with interesting news and entertainment cultivated for you.