– Coffee giant Starbucks (NASD: SBUX) said on Monday that it will begin offering free,
unlimited Wi-Fi access through AT&T at all 6,700 of its U.S.
company-owned stores beginning July 1.
Customers who register currently receive
two free hours of access before being charged. The company also is teaming with
Yahoo (NASD: YHOO) to create what it is calling the Starbucks Digital
Network, set to debut this fall.
The network, also available in company-owned
stores, will give users free access to various paid sites, such as The Wall
Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today, as well as free downloads
from iTunes and local community news.