Just read the following:
Great news for us AT&T DSL customers that get free AT&T WiFi with our plans. With the already great coverage at most McDonalds, and now free access at Starbucks too...that's pretty great WiFi coverage for free.Finding a "free" Wi-Fi hotspot in the US just got a whole lot easier, now that AT&T is taking over the Starbucks contract formerly held by T-Mobile. The reason is simple: the 12 million AT&T DSL and U-verse customers with at least 1.5Mbps service will now get free access at all 17,000 U.S. AT&T Wi-Fi locations, including the 7,000 Starbucks stores. In addition, any customer with a Starbucks stored-value card used at least once a month gets a free two hours per day -- money they're likely to be spending anyway. Starbucks is the crown jewel of U.S. Wi-Fi properties, and making access available to so many customers for free is a huge deal. We expect many Wi-Fi mavens to flee Comcast for AT&T broadband as a result. The handover has already started, and will be completed market-by-market by the end of the year. But T-Mobile Hotspot subscribers will not be left out in the cold -- they can continue to roam at Starbucks for at least the next 5 years.
I always thought that Starbucks' expensive T-Mobile WiFi had become a liability to Starbucks...as more and more locations and competition are offering free WiFi these days. I know I'll be visiting Starbucks more often now, and enjoying a drink while I use the free WiFi.