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T-Mobile has been the hotspot provider for Starbucks. Not anymore. T-Mobile has been dropped by Starbucks in favor of AT&T as their wi-fi provider. So now in addition to McDonalds, AT&T subscribers can add thousands of Starbucks to the number of locations they can get online and work. It is not clear if your T-Mobile accounts are still going to work, or are you going to get shafted. I would be mighty mad if my plan stops working.
* Update: Kevin Toefel tells us that the T-Mobile users will still be able to use Starbucks WiFi with their existing accounts.
* Update #2: T-Mobile confirmed that their customers will still be able to use the Starbucks WiFi. “T-Mobile HotSpot customers can continue to access Wi-Fi services at Starbucks now and for years to come,” the company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
* Update #3: T-Mobile offered up further information. “Today’s announcement regarding the Starbucks Wi-Fi operations will not impact T-Mobile HotSpot customers’ ability to use Wi-Fi services at Starbucks locations for years to come. In fact, the Wi-Fi network operations transition will not begin until later this year. Even after the transition, T-Mobile HotSpot and HotSpot @Home customers will continue to experience seamless Wi-Fi access at Starbucks locations for at least the next five years under a roaming agreement between T-Mobile USA and AT&T. There will be no additional charge for T-Mobile HotSpot and Hotspot @Home customers at Starbucks.”