Free, Unlimited Wi-Fi Policy Begins at Starbucks
On Thursday, Starbucks Corp. instituted a free, unlimited Wi-Fi Internet policy for patrons at its nearly 6,800 company-operated stores in the U.S., plus 750 locations in Canada. Some competitors beat Starbucks to it. Six months ago, McDonald’s Corp. launched free Wi-Fi at about 11,500 U.S. locations. The companies have been butting heads ever since McDonald’s debuted its McCafe line of coffee drinks a year ago, typically at lower prices than at Starbucks.