Starbucks coffee shops are now offering free wifi hot spots to their customers! In the past, they have offered a wifi internet access facility, but you would have to pay each time you went and wanted to use it, thankfully Starbucks has changed their policy and now offer this as a free reward for registered users of their Starbucks Card.
For people such as me, who sometimes like a change of scenery when working on their computer, this means I can now head down to my local Starbucks and get some actual work done without the need to be paying separately for an internet-enabled wifi hot spot or sign up for a mobile broadband dongle on a contract.
Starbucks UK is now offering this service thanks to an agreement they have struck with BT Openzone to provide high-speed wireless broadband internet access at more than 650 wifi-enabled coffee shop locations across the UK and Ireland.
All you need to do to have access to this great new benefit of frequenting Starbucks is pick up a Starbucks Card when next buying a beverage, ask to ‘load the card’ with at least £5/â‚¬5 and then register it online on at the Starbucks Card page. Once that’s done, you’ll have a username and password that you can use to login to the free wifi hot spot at any participating Starbucks location in the UK and Ireland.
You can also some other non-techy, more beverage-related rewards for having a Starbucks Card too, who’d have thought it! But I’m sure they’ll help keep up your energy levels and help use the free wifi to get more work done whilst there…well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
- Extra 100% Fairtrade certified espresso shot
- Free flavoured syrup (regular and sugar-free)
- Free soy milk
- Free whipped cream
- Free Tall (12 fl oz) beverage of their choice with the purchase of one bag (250g) of Starbucks wholebean coffee
Simon Barker is the founder and editor of Zath and has over 25 years’ worth of experience of using computers and technology in general. He can normally be found researching or testing the latest in technology products.
He has provided IT consultancy services to both home and small business users for over 15 years, building PCs, fixing hardware/software problems and providing comprehensive training.
Simon always likes to get the best out of the technology products he is using, by both making informed purchasing decisions and also optimising how they are used to get the most benefits possible.