updated 01:15 pm EDT, Fri April 25, 2008
AT&T and Starbucks have announced that they are finally beginning to deploy their joint Wi-Fi service, which lets existing AT&T customers go online from a cafe for free. To qualify, users must have one of AT&T's home or small business broadband packages, or a U-verse IPTV subscription; starting on May 1st, these people will need only login to "ATTWiFI" inside a Starbucks outlet. Some 7,000 locations should have Wi-Fi in May, though customers may already be able to login from San Antonio.
The company is also gradually opening the service to other customers, who may or may not have to pay. Costs will depend in the intensity of usage, and may also relate to money paid to Starbucks; many coffee shops in the US offer "free" Wi-Fi access, but only after someone has purchased food or a drink.