When you register your Starbucks Card and use it at least once a month, you’ll receive two consecutive hours a day of complimentary Wi-Fi, courtesy of AT&T.
Not much to complain about here, really. Buy an elitist latte once in a while, and check the headlines. Like, say, that Mourinho is officially at Inter Milan. And it’s regular Wi-Fi, too, and none of this iPhone-only nonsense. (Can’t you just change the user agent?)
Starbucks motives are pretty obvious. With the price of living having gone up, as Ben Bernake said, “like whoa,” people may be less inclined to spend $4 on a sugar+caffeine drink. So, lure them with free Wi-Fi.
That said, may I suggest you bring a pair of headphones? The music playing at Starbucks is so depressing most of the time I’m in there, so supplying my own soundtrack is a necessity.