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    Re: 12 Million AT&T, Starbucks Customers to Get Free Wi-Fi Access

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    I havent looked at the exact date, but it is going to be pretty quick. Ill have the exact date tomorrow.

    And I agree, there are alot of different changes that will come with this. I know alot of people that use Starbucks as a meeting place, myself included. It will be interesting to see what becomes of it. Not to mention the current internet offering for WM devices is often 29 a month instead of 19 because it includes the hotspot connectivity. With the number of locations cut in half due to Starbucks moving, it will be interesting to see how or if changes occur in pricing.
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    http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/11/starbucks-brews-up-wifi-relationship-with-atandt-tosses-t-mobile/

    Here are some specifics on the move and what's in store for exhisting T-Mobile users and also what will be new for ATT users.. Hope the info helps

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    Re: 12 Million AT&T, Starbucks Customers to Get Free Wi-Fi Access

    T-mobile and AT&T are going to be sharing the services. It will be AT&T but T-mobile customers will roam off of it. From what I understand it'll tak about a year or so for all of it to be switched over, and T-mobile customers will still be able to access it but only fr certain periods of time. I read in the link above that T-mobile customers will have free 2hours. and after that they may have to pay. But it's a bittersweet moment for t-mobile in my opinion. We dopped over 7000 locations of hotspot service, but like jstodda mentioned above there are a lot of changes. T-mobile really wants to foucs on talk forever aka hotspot @ home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jstodda View Post
    I havent looked at the exact date, but it is going to be pretty quick. Ill have the exact date tomorrow.
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    Thank you for looking into the exact date, as I have (for 5 yrs) used the Wi-Fi @ Starbucks on my laptop while meeting my clients.

    So for me it's mission critical as I travel for business & use over 100 different Starbucks Stores.

    I made contact with both T-Mobile & AT&T yesterday after learning about this in the news, and yet my efforts yielded nothing as no one was willing to talk about it.

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

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    Re: 12 Million AT&T, Starbucks Customers to Get Free Wi-Fi Access

    The following info was released from T-Mobile yesterday. Looks like good news for both ATT AND T-Mobile customers actually. Hope this helps clear a few things up..

    Starbucks will announce a new communications agreement with AT&T on
    February 11. The agreement will streamline all of their communications
    services under one single provider. This includes all in store operating
    systems, as well as their Wi-Fi services. There will be no immediate
    impact to T-Mobile HotSpot customers as they will continue to have access
    to Wi-Fi services at Starbucks.
    DetailsIn 2008, AT&T broadband customers will largely roam on
    T-Mobile's HotSpot network. Then, as Starbucks transitions to AT&T, T-Mobile
    HotSpot Customers will be able to roam on the Starbucks Wi-Fi network
    provided by AT&T. There will be no additional cost for T-Mobile HotSpot
    customers to access Wi-Fi services at Starbucks; they will have the same
    great roaming experience they have with our other roaming partners. As
    for us,(T-Mobile), we will continue moving our consumer Wi-Fi experience on to the
    next logical place, and this is "every home in America." We are driving
    HotSpot as an experience, rather than a destination, and the debut of
    HotSpot @Home in 2007 was a major step in this direction. T-Mobile will
    be releasing the following statement: "T-Mobile HotSpot customers can
    continue to access Wi-Fi services at Starbucks now and for years to
    come. T-Mobile HotSpot customers also will continue to benefit from our
    commitment to be the innovation leader for consumer Wi-Fi. We are still
    the only national wireless carrier that is actively expanding the use of
    Wi-Fi in homes through our innovative T-Mobile HotSpot @Home
    services
    ," said Joe Sims, vice president and general manager, Broadband Products
    and Services, T-Mobile USA.

    If customers inquire about these changes, advise them of the
    following:"There is no immediate impact to HotSpot service at Starbucks; our
    Customers will be able to access HotSpot at Starbucks for many years to
    come." Review the following FAQs listed below.
    FAQs
    Q: I use T-Mobile HotSpot at Starbucks. Will I still be able to?A: Yes,
    you will be able to use your HotSpot account at Starbucks for years to
    come.
    Q: What if I want to cancel my T-Mobile HotSpot account because I
    mainly use it at Starbucks?A: You can continue to use your T-Mobile HotSpot
    account at Starbucks and all T-Mobile HotSpot locations with no
    additional charges for years to come.
    Q: Will HotSpot@Home still work in Starbucks?A: Yes, you will be able
    to use HotSpot @Home at Starbucks for years to come.
    Q: Will my Nikon Camera / Sony PSP / Sony Mylo / OLPC still work in
    Starbucks?A: Yes, you will be able to continue using your T-Mobile
    HotSpot-enabled Wi-Fi devices at Starbucks.
    Q: Can I use my T-Mobile HotSpot credentials to log into the AT&T
    network?A: No, but your T-Mobile HotSpot user name and password will
    continue to work at Starbucks by logging into the T-Mobile login screens.
    Q: Why did Starbucks enter into a partnership with AT&T?A: According to
    Starbucks, it is has made a new communications agreement with AT&T.
    Under this agreement, Starbucks is streamlining all its communications
    services under a single provider. This includes all its store operating
    systems, as well as Wi-Fi services. However, you will be able to use
    your HotSpot account at Starbucks for years to come.
    Q: Will there be additional charges to use my T-Mobile account at
    Starbucks?A: There will be no additional charges for T-Mobile HotSpot
    customers at Starbucks.
    Q: Is T-Mobile selling its HotSpot services or going out of business?A:
    No. We are continuing to actively expand the use of Wi-Fi in homes
    through our innovative T-Mobile HotSpot @Home services.
    Q: Can AT&T customers use the T-Mobile HotSpot network?A: AT&T
    customers will be able to access Wi-Fi services at Starbucks via a roaming
    relationship with T-Mobile.
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    Re: 12 Million AT&T, Starbucks Customers to Get Free Wi-Fi Access

    Quote Originally Posted by jstodda View Post
    The following info was released from T-Mobile yesterday. Looks like good news for both ATT AND T-Mobile customers actually. Hope this helps clear a few things up..
    Whew!...... I can breathe easy now.

    As I'm a huge advocate of the T-Mobile Wi-Fi service as provided in Starbucks Stores around the country.

    I'm in a Starbucks somewhere, sometime, everyday on my laptop. In fact I'm composing this on my ThinkPad T60 (from Starbucks) at this very moment. And when not using it, I'm on my Mac Laptop, doing the same. In addition I have Wi-Fi at my home, office, and most of the hotels I frequent.

    Finally I would like to mention that in all the years I've been using T-Mobile Hot Spots daily (in Starbucks), I have yet to experience an outage! That, in my mind is a world class testimonial for the quality and reliability of the T-Mobile system.

    Thanks for your prompt response to my question. It is indeed very good news.

    Cheers!


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    Re: 12 Million AT&T, Starbucks Customers to Get Free Wi-Fi Access

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    Very welcome. I'm glad I could help. Its nice that starbucks recognizes the amount of business brought in from their wifi. They are only going to gain as are ATT and TMobile as well. Its good to hear the positives as well, as you know most of the time we don't hear that glad things worked out for you!!

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    Well...they finally got this program off the ground.....

    Here is the link to the Starbucks page with the details, as well as the report from todays BGR story.
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