Just Java, Hold The Wireless, At Starbucks

It sounded too good to be true.

Free wireless while you’re enjoying a java decaffe latte supremo bean grande with whip cream. (Ok, I made the drink up. I’m an instant whatever’s on sale high caffer myself).

A news release said AT&T would be deploying free wireless to AT&T subscribers at 7,000 Starbucks nationwide as of May 1st. I [wrote](/mobility/article.php/3727996/Starbucks+WiFi+Gets+Sweeter.htm) about it on Feb. 13th.

Well, it’s May 12th.

The Starbucks near me doesn’t have it. People have come in for it, tried logging on and had no luck getting in. The baristas don’t know anything except it was supposed to be on, and now it isn’t, and they don’t know when it will be.

AT&T, when contacted today, said it wasn’t commenting on reports that the service wasn’t available. I’m waiting on further clarification. Starbucks hasn’t returned my call or email as yet.

Meanwhile there’s no mention on the Starbucks site, though AT&T still has its official release up on its site.

So something hit a snag. What’s the big deal in just saying what and why and when it’s coming?

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