Big news day today – especially for us coffee addicts. Starbucks has announced that it was dropping its T mobile wifi access points around the world and going with AT&T. The new deal will give free wireless access to Starbucks card holders and AT&T broadband users and charge about half of what T mobile charged for WiFi access. $3.99/visit or $20/month.
Now this deal has Apple written all over it for a number of reasons – not just because taking your MacBook to Starbucks will be a whole lot cheaper. Starbucks and AT&T are also iPhone partners. Starbucks sells it’s music to iPhone and iPod Touch users through its Wifi Music store (now run by AT&T). AT&T is obviously the carrier for the iPhone.
iPhone’s in Europe are bundled with the carriers wifi hotspots – well they are with T mobile and O2. Orange notsomuch.
We expect a AT&T-iPhone Wifi access deal to be announced at the next big event. Free iPhone Access at Starbucks sound good to anyone else?
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