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UK Starbucks gets simple, free Wi-Fi sign-on

10/07, 10:55pm

UK Starbucks uses same simple Wi-Fi login as US

British Starbucks coffee houses took a large stride forward in encouraging Internet use Friday with a change in their Free Wi-Fi service. Similar to the US and Canada, drinkers now just have to visit a single sign-in page, here at BT Openzone, to get access to a hotspot. UK visitors previously had to sign up for a Starbucks Rewards card and login with a username and password, both of which discouraged some from signing in.

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Skype intros Skype Access service for connecting to hotspots

02/15, 4:45pm

Skype Access expands to more than 500,000

At the Mobile World Congress, Skype introduced new partners in its Skype Access program. This partner program lets Skype users pay for access to Wi-Fi hotspots from a number of partner companies from their Skype accounts. This way, they can access the networks on a pay-as-you-go, per-minute basis rather than needing to pay by the hour, as is usually the case.

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