Didn’t see this one coming at all. I thought everything was peaches and cream between Starbucks and T-Mobile. Apparently not. The coffee giant has announced they’ve inked a deal with AT&T to bring free and paid wireless Internet services to a local Starbucks near you. AT&T Internet subscribers are privy to unlimited Wi-Fi.
In addition to the free Wi-Fi access for qualifying AT&T customers and any Starbucks Card holder, customers will be able to purchase tiered access to the AT&T Wi-Fi network at Starbucks at attractive price points. For a two-hour period, customers will pay just $3.99 per session. Monthly membership will also be available for $19.99 per month, and will include access to any of AT&T’s 70,000 hot spots in 89 countries around the world.
The new Wi-Fi service from AT&T will roll out market-by-market starting in the spring and finishes up by year’s end.