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Starbucks to Offer Free Wi-Fi at All U.S. Stores

Starbucks announced that they would be activating free Wi-Fi access across all U.S. locations starting on July 1st. The move is seen as a response to increased competition from other chains which already offer free Wi-Fi to their customers. iPhone customers have already enjoyed free Wi-Fi at Starbucks stores in conjunction with AT&T. While the move negates this advantage for iPhone customers, it opens up more free Wi-Fi hotspots to iPod Touch and iPad owners who were previously excluded from the

Starbucks Card Mobile App Payment Trial Expanded

Starbucks announced today that its Starbucks Card Mobile app now allows users to make payments through the app in more than 1,000 locations in Target stores throughout the U.S. At its initial release in September, the app's payment system worked only in 16 stores in the Seattle and Silicon Valley areas. To accompany the expanded payment trial locations, users have options to find eligible Starbucks stores using the iPhone's location awareness to search nearby, by zip code, or by a specific address. The previous functionality to register Starbucks Cards, check balances, reload and more remains. The Starbucks Card Mobile app is free [App Store].

Make Your Own (Paper) iPad and iPad Sighting at NYC Starbucks

While the iPad was officially announced in January, the iPad will not be available for purchase until late March. However, it seems some iPads have been seeded into the wild as David Vogler claims to have seen one in a New York City Starbucks (photo). If you're having trouble waiting for the iPad to arrive, Jess Silverstone, the lead artist for Revolutionary Concepts put together a cut-out of the Apple iPad that you can print yourself. The cutout is provided in two separate PNG files (iPad Front 664KB and iPad Rear 377KB). Each cutout can fit on standard A4 (8.3 x 11.7 inches) paper, but your printer has to be capable of borderless printing to achieve close to actual iPad dimensions. The real iPad dimensions are 9.56 inches x 7.47 inches x 0.5 inches. They've even included a cutout of the A4 processor you can include for "improved performance". Here's what it looks like put together: Meanwhile, if you actually have access to a large format A3 printer, a Taiwanese blogger has put together a PDF that will print to full

Starbucks Apps Flow into App Store

Two Starbucks apps made an entrance into the App Store early this morning, one - myStarbucks - offering store location capabilities and menu browsing while the other, the Starbucks Mobile Card app, provides a variety of features to manage and reload Starbucks cards as well as a unique payment system that's being piloted in a handful of stores. The myStarbucks app takes advantage of the peer-to-peer connectivity over Bluetooth that debuted with the iPhone 3.0 firmware. The myStarbucks app can use the iPhone's location to find the nearest Starbucks stores. The Starbucks food menu, along with nutritional information, can also be viewed. Favorite drinks can be customized, saved for future reference, and shared via email or directly with another iPhone or iPod touch user who has the myStarbucks app open and Bluetooth turned on. The Starbucks Card Mobile app allows holders of Starbucks Cards to view card balance, reload a card, view transaction history information, and more. It also features a new payment system that's being piloted in 16 stores in the San Francisco Bay and Seattle areas that will allow users to make payments directly through an iPhone. To head off inevitable questions about the expansion of this program, a button labeled "When is it coming to my Starbucks?" reveals the following answer: We are testing mobile payment in select stores in Seattle and Silicon Valley. In the coming months we will be evaluating additional locations and would love your input. To follow our process and share ideas on Starbucks Card Mobile, visit

AT&T Finally Offering Free Wifi for iPhone Users (Includes Starbucks Locations)

AT&T has announced that they are now offering free Wi-Fi access to iPhone subscribers across the U.S. AT&T knows Wi-Fi is hot, and FREE Wi-Fi is even hotter. Which is why FREE AT&T Wi-Fi access is now available for Apple iPhone at thousands of hotspots nationwide, including Starbucks*. Users can relax and access music, email and web browsing services with their favorite blend in hand from the comfort of their nearest location. For information visit provided a number of early hints that the service would be coming. AT&T has also sent out an SMS message to iPhone users announcing the plan. Customers can locate Wi-Fi spots through AT&T's online tool or can locate a Starbucks using this tool. In order to access AT&T Wi-Fi from your iPhone, you must follow these steps: - Activate Wi-Fi from the settings icon on your iPhone - Select "attwifi" from the list of available networks - Enter your 10-digit mobile number and check the box to agree to the Acceptable Use Policy. Tap 'continue' - You will receive a text message from AT&T with a secure link to the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot. You will not be charged for the text message. - The SMS link will only be valid for 24 hours at the location it was requested. Another request must be submitted when using another hotspot location. - Open the text message and tap on the link for 24-hour access to the AT&T Wi-Fi

AT&T to Provide Wifi Access at Starbucks, iPhone Access Coming Soon?

Starbucks announced that they are partnering with AT&T to supply Wifi access to Starbuck's 7000 stores nationwide. Starbucks had previously partnered with T-Mobile to provide pay-Wifi access in their stores. AT&T's new service offers free access to specific customers: Beginning this spring, Starbucks Card holders can enjoy up to two hours of free Wi-Fi service per day at Starbucks locations offering Wi-Fi access, while more than 12 million qualifying AT&T broadband and AT&T U-verseSM Internet customers will have unlimited free access to the Wi-Fi service. In addition, more than 5 million of AT&T's remote access services business customers will be able to access Wi-Fi service at Starbucks locations. AT&T will soon extend the benefits of Wi-Fi at Starbucks to its wireless customers.Outside of these situations, AT&T's Wifi service costs $3.99 for a two-hour session, or $19.99 for monthly access. Existing T-Mobile HotSpot customers should be unaffected. T-Mobile customers will continue to get free Wifi access at Starbucks due to an agreement between AT&T and T-Mobile. Of interest, AT&T states that it "will soon extend the benefits of Wi-Fi at Starbucks to its wireless customers", suggesting that iPhone users will also get Wifi access in the future. AT&T currently provides exclusive wireless service for the Apple

Starbucks iPhone Ordering Concept Design

Multimedia designer, Phil Lu, has created some mockups of an iPhone application that he calls "QuickOrder": Surprisingly, the mockups were created before the publicized patent application in which Apple explores to-go ordering from the iPhone. The series of images show how such a system might

Starbucks to give away free iTunes songs

In preparation with its broader iTunes store partnership with Starbucks, Starbucks has announced that from October 2nd to November 7th, stores will hand out "Song of the Day" cards that can be redeemed on the iTunes store for a selected song of 37 artists featured on Starbucks Hear Music label, including Joss Stone, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Annie Lennox and Band of Horses. The first song will be Bob Dylan's "Joker Man." Starbucks also will offer a limited-edition reloadable purchasing card that includes two free iTunes downloads when customers register their cards

Apple Announces Starbucks Partnership

In addition to the iPod related releases today, Apple is pleased to announce a partnership with Starbucks. When you get near a Starbucks a fifth button will come up in the WiFi music store - you may have been in a Starbucks wondering what song is that playing? Now you can buy it with a tap of your finger. The service will reportedly display the last 10 songs played in that Starbucks. According to Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz there will be free access to iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store via Starbucks' Wi-Fi. From Schultz: Starbucks opens 7 stores per day, over 14,000 stores & 50 million customers a week. Currently there are 5,800 WiFi equipped stores in the U.S. with more coming every day. Starbucks hopes to offer WiFi access in all its stores by 2009. No mention yet what happens when you're in range of 4 Starbucks or more at the same time.