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Old 12-16-09, 03:51 PM   #1
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McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...551817166.html

Free internet and 1.00 menu items!!!
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Old 12-16-09, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

So, this is now coming to the US, eh! It's been this way in Japan for some time now, but unfortunately their wireless internet is sometimes only a tiny little wireless transmitter which requires you to stand right on the spot which says "free wireless here". I experienced this at one McDonald's here - could not move outside of about a 3 foot diameter circle or else the wireless disappeared. Pretty shoddy eh?!
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Old 12-16-09, 06:58 PM   #3
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

First it was McCafe... now free wifi. McDonald's sure hates Starbucks.
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Old 12-16-09, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

Free wireless is exactly what McDonald's customers need - a reason to be sedentary for a longer period of time while eating fast food.
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Old 12-16-09, 08:30 PM   #5
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

I'm glad to hear this news. I'll admit to using the pay service at a McDonald's once before, but I wasn't real happy about it.
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Old 12-16-09, 08:47 PM   #6
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

I noticed a wifi signal a few months ago at McDonald's. I could not get it to connect on my iPhone. I had no idea they charged for the service. Nice to have it free.
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Old 12-16-09, 09:03 PM   #7
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

Haven't they been offering this for years, sort of, for DS owners only?
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Old 12-16-09, 09:24 PM   #8
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

I think this is great news. Didn't know they offered it before for $2.95. Some of the newer McDs look really nice.

Although, I wouldn't actually use it. I don't want any food or drinks near my precious electronics.
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Old 12-17-09, 12:34 AM   #9
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

You know, I once pulled into a Krystal and saw a redneck guy in a wife beater playing World of Warcraft on his laptop using their free Wireless while munching on sliders and thought it was an interesting reflection on today's society.

I think it would have been better if it were a McDs.
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Old 12-17-09, 09:03 AM   #10
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

It was free for iPhone users too.
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Old 12-17-09, 11:05 AM   #11
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

The two McDonalds by my office have had free Internet access for at least the past year. They have big signs out front stating that it is "Free Interent access"
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Old 12-17-09, 11:07 AM   #12
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

I hope it's not one of those where you have to create an account.
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Old 12-17-09, 11:07 AM   #13
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McDonald's in my area has had wifi for a while now.
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Old 12-17-09, 12:46 PM   #14
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

My local McDonald's has had WiFi access for awhile now, but not for free. If they were smart they'd include free WiFi codes on their food items (say one of those scratch tickets on the large fry container or something nutty like that).
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Old 12-18-09, 05:50 PM   #15
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Strange, I thought the US had this. We have had free wireless in McDonalds here in Australia for quite a long time now. Do they not have McCafe in the US though? McCafe is the only reason I go to McDonalds, good coffee.
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Old 12-18-09, 06:57 PM   #16
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

This something I always wondered about. If someone connects to the internet via a wi-fi connection from McDonalds or somewhere else (Library, Coffee shop etc.) and they download something illegal like a song or dvd- Aren't these companies putting themselves at legal risk? Or is there a law that states the companies would not be at fault? Then I guess they would have to track down the person who did the downloading, but that might be hard, right?

Just wondering, and before anyone accuses, no I am not interested in using Micky Dees to download anything, I'm just assuming someone will try.
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Old 12-18-09, 07:55 PM   #17
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

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This something I always wondered about. If someone connects to the internet via a wi-fi connection from McDonalds or somewhere else (Library, Coffee shop etc.) and they download something illegal like a song or dvd- Aren't these companies putting themselves at legal risk? Or is there a law that states the companies would not be at fault? Then I guess they would have to track down the person who did the downloading, but that might be hard, right?

Just wondering, and before anyone accuses, no I am not interested in using Micky Dees to download anything, I'm just assuming someone will try.
i've never tried, but i imagine they would run some sort of device that monitors traffic and blocks any potentially illegal or network hogging app. something like a firewall
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Old 12-18-09, 10:04 PM   #18
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Re: McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet

I hope they also have a user download speed cap like 1 mbps.
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