McDonald's offers free Wi-Fi for all

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Never mind a Big Mac to go, McDonald’s wants you to kick back with your wireless device in its restaurants, offering free high speed wireless internet access at most of its 1,200 restaurants by the end of 2007.

That makes it the biggest free Wi-Fi provider in the UK, with a move that’s certain to provoke a response from the country’s coffee shop chains and cafes, most of which charge a fee for hot spot access. According to McDonald’s, the free service is aimed at everyone, from business people making a “pit stop” to check email between meetings to more leisurely types who want to download a tune or two.

It claims a hotspot user who pays to log on for an hour a week in a coffee shop could save as much as £260 a year by using McDonald’s free service – although that doesn’t include the cost of burgers, coffee and ice cream and milk shakes.

McDonald’s website

Via The Guardian

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