Free Internets @ The Starbucks
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And you thought Starbucks was just a place where you could buy music, gifts, and coffee anymore.
Starting today, it can also serve as your remote office, with Starbucks set to offer two hours of free AT&T wi-fi a day.
All you need is a minimum $5 U.S. reloadable Starbucks Card, and to register for the Starbucks Rewards Card program, reports USA Today.
You also need visit and use said card once a month at your local Starbucks office.
Oh, and the two hours you use have to be consecutive.
I'm sure plenty of other rules and restrictions apply, depending on where you live.
It's enough to make you give up drinking coffee.
Okay, maybe not. Me, I'm always happy to not have to warchalk when looking for a wi-fi connection, so having a dependable venue in which to interconnect with the Intertubes is a nice option to have, even if it requires a $3 cup of coffee.
Note: There are 7,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. alone.
Of course, I may soon be in the market for a completely new ISP myself if Time Warner's coming metered access trial in Texas takes root.
Starting Thursday, the AP is reporting that Time Warner Cable Internet subscribers will have monthly allowances for the amount of data they upload and download.
Those who go over the limit will be charged $1 per gigabyte.
The intent of the metering is being positioned as "an attempt to deal fairly with Internet usage," which the story reports is "very uneven among Time Warner Cable's subscribers."
I prefer the all-you-can-eat buffet myself, but in these recessive times, perhaps the a la carte mode is more in keeping with similar austerity measures like coupon clipping and gas rationing?
Smoke signals are sounding more and more like a great way to communicate, but I would imagine the carbon footprint is a little excessive over time, all that burning wood.
No, I'm thinking pigeons. Carrier pigeons!