BT has just announced that it has signed a new agreement with Starbucks to provide WiFi internet access across their UK shops. Installation will be starting as early as this week and over 650 coffee shops should have the service by the end of the year.
While it is great to see more Wi-Fi access around the UK, surely someone needs to take a punt and start offering a ‘free’ service? Most people who will use this will already ready have a bundled data tariff on their mobile so why would they want to pay for the pleasure? Chances are teh shops will be in a decent 3G area.
You will get free access if you are a BT broadband customer with BT FON WiFi or have an O2 iPhone contract.
If you don’t fall into any of those categories, then standard BT Openzone tariffs apply, which are available from £5 per month. That nets you 500 minutes of usage, or you can pay a one off charge of £5.88 for 90 minutes of net time.