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How to Get Cheap High-Speed Internet

Updated on April 28, 2009

Looking for cheap WI-FI internet access away from home?  Look no further than your nearest coffee shop or Starbucks coffee shop!

My wonderful in-laws got me a Starbucks gift card for Easter.  After hearing about some "benefits" of registering my gift card on Starbucks' website, I inquired further about what kind of benefits I would receive if I registered my card.  Apparently, "registering" my card simply meant giving Starbucks my mailing address and card number.  This was simply in case of my card getting stolen or lost, so Starbucks could completely re-imburse the amount left on my card.

So I registered (which was completely free!), and found out that I could get FREE AT&T WI-FI internet access for 2 hours a day, simply by using my Starbucks gift card only ONCE a month

This means that I only have to purchase 1 cup of coffee (and it does not matter how cheap or what I buy) once a month, and I still get 2 hours of free internet daily!

I had to create an online account with AT&T, which included giving them my mailing address as well, but was otherwise completely free and pain-free.

I did this about 3 weeks ago, and have yet to receive any sort of junk mailings or anything from either Starbucks or AT&T.  This is good news!

So that's my first bit of advice for getting free internet access outside of your home.

The second tidbit I'd like to share with you, is that most little, privately-owned coffee shops nowadays offer free WI-FI to their customers.  Most places advertise their WI-FI on their store windows, so as to easily attract customers.  And there is NO time limit at places like these; you can stay usually as long as you like!  This also means that you can get as much internet access you want for the price of one cup of drip coffee (which usually costs less than $2.00)

The third place where you can get free WI-FI is:  Panera Bread!  Again, all you have to do is buy does not matter what!  You could buy a whole meal for around $7.00, or simply a cup of joe for less than $2.00.  It does not matter what you buy, and you can stay basically for as long as you'd like! 

So, the morale of this lesson is this:  look around at your favorite restaurants and coffee places.  Chances are, you'll find internet access being offered in some unexpected places!  Places offer internet so you'll come in, buy some of their product, and stay awhile.  So, I suggest you take them up on it!  If you do, you'll get internet access away from your home, meet new people, and have new experiences all at the same time!  Enjoy!


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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is so true. We've even got it at the local Dairy Q.

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      RVDaniels 8 years ago from Athens, GA


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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Thanks for sharing :)

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa


      Seems like buying the coffee could be  more expensive than getting you own at home internet.  Unless you drink a lot of Starbucks coffee anyway.

      Keep on hubbing.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Hurray for Starbucks! Other's should follow suit with this perk! Thanks for the tip.