A Big Mac, fries and Wi-Fi

A Big Mac, fries and Wi-Fi.
McDonald’s is moving past the test phase and plans to install Wi-Fi hotspots in 6,000 restaurants by year’s end. According to the Associated Press, that’s about half their restaurants in the U.S.

McDonald’s will charge $2.95 for two hours of connectivity and may continue some of its pilot promotions, such as free connections for buying an “extra value meal.”

By offering Wi-Fi, the fast-food giant is following the lead of Starbucks, which offers wireless connectivity in many of its coffee shops. Some analysts see Starbucks as a more natural fit for Wi-Fi.

I would agree that this is a somewhat strange move for Mickey-Ds, but when it comes to wireless Internet connectivity, I’m always happy to see expansion.

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