Free WiFi Coming To All Starbucks in Washington, D.C. Area

Those of you love to hang out in Starbucks for whatever reason, beginning July 1st, you may also enjoying their coffee with free WiFi from any Starbucks in Washington, D.C. area. So, no more need for refreshing your Starbucks card and certainly no more need to keep buying something every 30 days to keep their Wi-Fi free and active.

Good to see this happening. I think we are beginning to consider Wi-Fi as an expected service in public places, much like restrooms, climate-controlled environments, etc.

Starbucks is partnering with a number of media companies, including Yahoo, for this new digital venture. When you go to Starbucks and log-in to wifi, you’ll be served with targeted content and news. Yahoo will help run the portal and Starbucks is also working with AOL to integrate local content from Patch in the network. And you’ll get free versions of content from WSJ, Zagat, New York Times, USA Today, and free pick of the week iTunes download. 

Not quit sure their Ad-driven WiFi and their landing pages to the online media will be helpful though. Having lived and worked in DC for years, there are a dozen of other cafés offering free WiFi within a five minute walk from every Starbucks. At those other businesses I can get an open WiFi connection without a landing page, ads and “sponsored” content. Just a pipe to the internet, just like at home… Many of those businesses also serve coffee and coffee drinks to put Starbucks’ offerings to shame.

Good luck to *$, though. Maybe their “free” WiFi will appeal to the same folks who think that AOL is “the internet”…

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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