Jan 17, 2010

News: Wi-Fi Now Free at McDonald's

Since Friday, January 15, 2010, over 11,000 (out of roughly 14,000) McDonald's across the U.S. are offering free Wi-Fi to their customers via AT&T.

Seems like another straight shot across the bow at Starbucks, which currently offers 2 hours a day of free Wi-Fi to customers with a registered Starbucks Card (also from AT&T), but charges $3.99 per two hours otherwise.  Perhaps fancier McDonald's decor and a more lounge-like atmosphere are in the works?  Will more people hang out at McDonald's and imbibe their McCafe offerings or refillable sodas?

Would you frequent McDonald's more often and longer for free WiFi?  Would you study/tweet/blog at McDonald's over Starbucks?

My sister-in-law pointed out to me that free Wi-Fi makes McDonald's a great place to wait for someone especially if you're on the road.  It should also increase McDonald's traffic in locations near interstate highways for when you just "have" to check your email.


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