Up until now, most Starbucks locations were outfitted with a Wi-Fi hotspot, but it was a paid service. AT&T will officially be changing that as of May 1 when all 7,000 company-operated Starbucks stores across the nation launch the free Wi-Fi service. Yes, free. Surf the web to your heart’s desire at the cost of zero dollars and zero cents.
That’s the good news. And it stays as good news so long as you are an AT&T Broadband subscriber, because those are the only people who will be able to access the Wi-Fi networks at the Starbucks locations. Officially dubbed the AT&T Wi-FiSM service, the free Wi-Fi has already been offered in San Antonio for a little while now.
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-verseSM offerings with high speed Internet service.
For everyone else, the free Wi-Fi service will roll out on a market-by-market basis throughout the year. And yes, the paid option is still there too.