Starbucks has become the latest party in the UK to join the increasing number offering BT OpenZone hotspots. The coffee shop had previously used T-Mobile as its Wi-Fi hotspot provider since it introduced wireless Internet access, but by the end of the summer the chain will have converted all of its outlets to BT’s service.
As well as providing Internet connections in Starbucks’ coffee shops in the 650 UK, a deal with AT&T in the US means users allowed BT OpenZone access can also connect to Wi-Fi in over 7,000 Starbucks in the UK. Good news all round for BT Broadband users and anyone else with OpenZone access.
It isn’t only BT customers that will benefit. Thanks to O2 providing OpenZone access to iPhone customers all several million owners will be able to log on, as well as buyers of the O2 Wi-Fi Bolt-On.
The announcement does beg the question: why did Starbucks defect from T-Mobile to BT? But we’re not too worried when the replacement service is better for many consumers.