Starbucks partners with Google for in-store Wi-Fi

Starbucks partners with Google for in-store Wi-Fi

Starbucks and Google have partnered to bring Google Wi-Fi service to over 7,000 Starbucks locations across the United States. Google is replacing AT&T as the provider for these locations. Google is promising faster speeds, especially if the Starbucks location is in a Google Fiber city, according to a post on the Official Google Blog

When your local Starbucks WiFi network goes Google, you’ll be able to surf the web at speeds up to 10x faster than before. If you’re in a Google Fiber city, we’re hoping to get you a connection that’s up to 100x faster.

Just like the current AT&T-provided Wi-Fi, connecting to Google's service will be free of charge. Free Wi-Fi at places like Starbucks has become an important staple for many, such as students, teleworkers, and those in emergency conditions. The rollout of Google Wi-Fi service will begin next month, and is set to take 18 months to complete.

Source: Google

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Starbucks partners with Google for in-store Wi-Fi

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Super fast free wifi, can't beat that. AT&T's wifi at Starbucks was slow as hell, dropped signal all the time. That is great news for the many people that use that service.

And packet sniffing hackers rejoiced in unison!
Next time you're at a Starbucks, try to spot the packet sniffer in the crowd.

As much as it pains me to admit it, because it's a totally spoiled first-world observation, but my home wi-fi is ridiculously faster compared to what I get at most hotspots. It makes working at cafes and elsewhere painful sometimes. So I'm glad to see Starbucks and Google step it up.