dealsfree one-click wi-fi in all u.s. company-operated…

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And there's more:

... Schultz also revealed plans for a new online customer experience called the Starbucks Digital Network, in partnership with Yahoo!, which will debut later this fall. This online experience – available only in U.S. company operated Starbucks stores – will be unique in its content offerings, allowing customers free unrestricted access to various paid sites and services such as wsj.com, exclusive content and previews, free downloads, local community news and activities, on their laptops, tablets or smart phones.

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It's about time. With all the profit they make they should have given it to us free a long time ago.

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funny thing is half the time you can sit in the parking lot outside and get it free, just not inside. Which I always thought was stupid. Not to mention when they were in areas with hot spots theirs would be the only area which was basically dead, unless you paid.

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@mtrlgrl, @hobbit: I agree 100% with both of you! To some extent, this simply standardizes the policy across Starbucks-- some had free wifi accessible from the street, other were limited to customers in 2 hour chunks, others still were paid only.

The bigger news IMHO is this stab at content provision-- kind of like a free paper to go with your morning coffee. I'm very curious to see what the offerings look like.

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@heymo: our starbucks already has free papers. Although that might be, because visitors leave them for someone else to enjoy after they have read them.