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Starbucks Changing to Google as its Free Wi-Fi Provider

by Sean P. Aune | July 31, 2013July 31, 2013 7:00 pm PST

Starbucks store logo

Starbucks and Google are teaming up for a new free Wi-Fi initiative that will see the search giant taking over providing Internet at all of the coffee maker’s company stores.

Google announced via a blogpost today that it will be taking over the Wi-Fi operations for all 7,000 company-operated Starbucks locations. The plan is to begin the buildout this Aug. and to complete the transition within 18 months. The search giant is promising Internet speeds 10 times faster than what is currently offered, and if it happens to be  Google Fiber city, then you can expect to see speeds up to 100 times faster.

The quickest way to tell if your Starbucks location has already made the switch is if you see “Google Starbucks” as an option in your Wi-Fi networks on your device.

No word as of yet if this will mean extra advertising will be delivered to you while you enjoy your caffeinated beverage.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...