Starbucks Offer Free Wi-Fi To Card Customers
Starbucks has rolled in its free Wi-Fi program, open to all its customers willing to register with the company and accept a few rather ridiculous conditions.
June 4, 2008
However, the terms of service imposed by AT&T (Starbucks' WI-Fi provider) do feature some strange rules:
"You agree that all connections to the Internet via ATTIS's connectivity shall be for the limited purposes of accessing electronic mail, operating a basic web browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer, or downloading files via the 'ftp' protocol typically implemented in web browser programs."
In other words, you can only use the free Wi-Fi for the doing the same thing you could do on the web ten years ago. You can't stream videos, can't use skype or even simple text messenger service, not to mention that you can't upload a file to an email, which beats even the very essence of ridiculous.
And speaking of “ten years ago”, that's when the Netscape Navigator browser was still alive. It's been dead for some time now.