McDonald’s To Offer FREE WIFI in 2010

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 | SMASH Technology with

McDonald's WIFI

Funny, when I go to McDonald’s, it’s usually for fast (emphasis on “fast”) food—a quick burger, fries, drink. Nothing special, really. But did you know you could also linger around, open up your laptop and surf the web as you stuffed your mouth with Chicken McNuggets and Filet-o-Fish sandwiches?

Well, at approximately 11,000 (out of 14,000)  Mickey D’s around the country, you can get this Wifi service, except that it will cost you a little less than the #1 (Big Mac) meal deal –a whopping $2.95 for two hours of access time. That’s just enough time to linger at a McDonald’s perhaps without people thinking you have no life. But why pay for this service? Why not go to a place like Starbucks, or even park outside and access what is essentially free Wifi access, as long as you have some kind AT&T phone service?

Click the bar below to find YOUR wireless spot:

Find YOUR WIFI Hotspot at McDonald's

McDonald’s doesn’t think this is fair either. They have announced today that starting next spring, they are dropping the fee on the Wifi. “McDonald’s is about value –value in our food, and value in our services”, said Dave Grooms,. Cbief Information Officer for McDonald’s, who also added, rather superfluously, “we are not just about hamburgers”. Grooms also hinted that McDonald’s is not necessarily a quick stop anymore and in the last year or two, it has become more of a coffee destination, what with the expanding McCafe idea that has sprung up around the country. McDonald’s for coffee, you say? (Honestly, I have never tried it)

But the idea is this: come to McDonald’s, linger over a cup of their “premium” roasted coffee, check your e-mail, post something on Twitter or check out your Facebook page. Oh and there’s no time limit of two hours anymore: McDonald’s is dropping that. And while you’re lingering there, eager to check out your stocks or read dlisted.com or just listen to your ITunes, you may finally get hungry and order up some Big Macs and chocolate shakes, or whatever. Sounds like a deal. Who knows? One day we’ll become so lazy that we will simply send our orders from our laptops at McDonalds and we won’t have to get up at all!

[Via Huffington Post]

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