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McDonald's to Offer Free WiFi Starting 2010

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 56 comments

I'm loving it.

If you're like me, sitting inside McDonald's, happily enjoying my Happy Meal, but wishing that I'd have some free WiFi to go along with my fries, then you'll be happy at today's announcement.

McDonald's will be offering free WiFi starting in January at all of its U.S. locations that are outfitted for wireless internet access.

"We're not just about hamburgers," said Dave Grooms, chief information officer for McDonald's, according to the AP. "We are about convenience and all kinds of value."

"We want people to have a comfortable place to sit and check their e-mail and get on line," Grooms said. "We've become a destination for our beverages and our coffees, and Wi- Fi naturally fits with that."

McDonald's currently offers internet access through AT&T at 11,000 of its 14,000 U.S. locations at US$2.95 fee for two hours of service, according to Bloomberg.

For you road warriors looking for the next great WiFi hotspot, check out the golden arches starting in 2010.

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    logitic , December 16, 2009 5:37 PM
    I honestly can't remember the last time I actually ate inside of a McDonalds. I guess it is good for what ever location is next to said McyD's for the free Wi-Fi.
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    noob2222 , December 16, 2009 6:06 PM
    ya, Id like a happy porn meal please.

    Do you want fries with that?

    No, just the porn.

    Would you like that supersized?
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    eklipz330 , December 16, 2009 5:45 PM
    "We're not just about hamburgers," said Dave Grooms, chief information officer for McDonald's, according to the AP. "We are about getting you fatter then you already are."

    fixed
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  • 17 Hide
    logitic , December 16, 2009 5:37 PM
    I honestly can't remember the last time I actually ate inside of a McDonalds. I guess it is good for what ever location is next to said McyD's for the free Wi-Fi.
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    4ILY45 , December 16, 2009 5:40 PM
    Finally,KFC & Pizza Hut has done that for years..
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    Anonymous , December 16, 2009 5:41 PM
    bout time.
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    festerovic , December 16, 2009 5:44 PM
    The McDs down the street has had free wifi for 5 years.

    There were no pr0n filters.
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    eklipz330 , December 16, 2009 5:45 PM
    "We're not just about hamburgers," said Dave Grooms, chief information officer for McDonald's, according to the AP. "We are about getting you fatter then you already are."

    fixed
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    mlopinto2k1 , December 16, 2009 5:45 PM
    Great, MORE internet traffic.
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    mlopinto2k1 , December 16, 2009 5:46 PM
    This just in! Hyundai offering base model cars to all welfare recipients! :/ 
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    jerther , December 16, 2009 5:53 PM
    I want Tim Horton to do the same :) 
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    scooterlibby , December 16, 2009 5:58 PM
    That's too bad. I'll be dead from eating McDonald's before the year is up. RIP me.
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    jonpaul37 , December 16, 2009 5:58 PM
    Yeah, they call it "free" WiFi, but in all honesty, you'll be paying for it when you buy value meals, they'll just add a small percentage to each item on the menu.
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    noob2222 , December 16, 2009 6:06 PM
    ya, Id like a happy porn meal please.

    Do you want fries with that?

    No, just the porn.

    Would you like that supersized?
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    tsnorquist , December 16, 2009 6:16 PM
    Instead of free WiFi, how about a free day pass to a gym to work off that #12 Angus special McDonald's?



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    CoryInJapan , December 16, 2009 6:18 PM
    Cool but I never go into Mcdonalds. I dont eat fast food very offten and when I do its not from them
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    deadlockedworld , December 16, 2009 6:19 PM
    noob2222ya, Id like a happy porn meal please. Do you want fries with that?No, just the porn.Would you like that supersized?


    My thoughts exactly.

    Now maybe the record companies can sue Mcdonalds for letting people pirate music while eating....
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    azcoyote , December 16, 2009 6:21 PM
    Oddly I have never been charged for Wifi at McDees. Just ask for a coupon and they hand them out...
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    roofus , December 16, 2009 6:23 PM
    anything to keep you there to buy another cheeseburger..
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    Computer_Lots , December 16, 2009 6:23 PM
    Great. I can't wait to walk into Micky D's to find a bunch of low-lifes hanging around downloading cRAP music on the free WIFI.
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    BoxBabaX , December 16, 2009 6:41 PM
    McyD's, such a friendly place :)  haha
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    BoxBabaX , December 16, 2009 6:42 PM
    JertherI want Tim Horton to do the same


    Damn, you would think after they conquered Canada, that they would offer it already!
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    djackson_dba , December 16, 2009 6:43 PM
    "Would you like that supersized?"

    Oh, Yeah!
    Giggity!
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