How to Get Free Internet for Your Laptop at Starbucks

August 13th, 2009 Posted in Life|Money Smart Tips

How to Get Free Internet for Your Laptop at Starbucks

Free Internet Wi-Fi on Your Laptop

Whether you are an Internet Entrepreneur, or just a regular Internet addict, chances are high that the idea of having high-speed Internet on your laptop while sipping a cup of coffee has crossed your mind. But the question is, is it possible to get free Internet Wi-Fi access Hotspot service for your laptop while having a cup of coffee for free?

Starbucks coffee shops in Canada and in the US offer free high-speed Internet access for free. To use this free Wi-Fi access, you need to have a Starbucks.com user name and password. To obtain this user name and password, you need to buy a Starbucks card.

In Canada, if you are buying your card at a Starbucks location, the minimum amount you need to purchase is $5. Once you have a card, you will be able to register for a username and password and then you will be able to use free high-speed Internet.

A Starbucks card comes with many other perks. My favourite one is unlimited brewed coffee refills with any size cup. Free Internet access is limited to two hours daily; I think this is more than enough for most of our usual daily needs. This program works very similar way in the US as well. Visit Starbucks.com and Starbucks.ca for more information.

I enjoy having a cup of coffee outside while working on my laptop. Starbucks will be able to redirect a good number of customers towards them from other coffee retailers, just by simply having Wi-Fi friendly shops. This is very good for Starbucks from a business perspective. Soon, other coffee players that are not offering free W-Fi, will have to offer this service to hold onto their customers. 

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  1. 8 Responses to “How to Get Free Internet for Your Laptop at Starbucks”

  2. By Noel on Aug 22, 2009

    I am traveling to the US for a short trip and I was wondering how actually I can get this access. I wonder if its available for tourists as well. If so, what speeds do you get? A friend of mine who is traveling across North America claims that North America is pretty much lagging behind Northern Europe in telecom sector.

  3. By A.D. on Aug 22, 2009

    Noel,
    The second and third paragraph describe how this works. I do not know what kind of speed you get but you can contact Starbucks at Starbucks.com and Starbucks.ca for that. I never had any problem with speed. Your comment “North America is pretty much lagging behind Northern Europe in telecom sector” is somewhat true. Cheers.

  4. By spak on Dec 30, 2010

    Who wrote this?

    “it possible to get free Internet Wi-Fi access Hotspot service for your laptop while having a cup of coffee for free?”

    So you want access while having a free cup of coffee?

    “offer free high-speed Internet access for free.”

    As opposed to free internet access for a fee?
    Such high quality journalism. At least its good for a laugh.

  5. By A.D. on Jan 1, 2011

    It’s good for a laugh because you did not pay attention reading the full article. It explains in the 4th para that free coffee means “unlimited brewed coffee refills” – you are still paying for your first cup.

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