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Starbucks and AT&T start rolling out Wi-Fi service

Back in early February Starbucks announced that it was dropping T-Mobile’s HotSpots Wi-Fi service and going with AT&T instead in a move they planned to have completed by the end of 2008.

Looks like the transition has started and beginning on May 1st qualifying customers who have one of AT&T’s three higher-speed residential broadband packages or small businesses with a broadband or U-verse package will be able to get free Wi-Fi service at over 7,000 Starbucks locations across the US.

The SSID you’ll see for the new Wi-Fi connections will be “ATTWiFi”.

AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said at AT&T’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders in San Antonio “with the power of our Wi-Fi network, and through our partnership with Starbucks, we’re strengthening our ability to meet the needs of today’s mobile consumer virtually anywhere and everywhere…Expanding our reach across company-operated Starbucks locations nationwide helps us bridge the gap between our wired and wireless offerings and affirms AT&T’s commitment to connect people with their worlds, everywhere they live and work.”

[Via Engadget]

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