iPad at starbucks. how to use wifi...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by LittleBob68, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. LittleBob68 macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2008
    Sorry for such a simple question but here goes. What do I have to do to use my ipad wifi at starbucks? I do have an iphone and know how to use the wifi with it. Is it a similar login with the ipad? Do I have to pay for the ipad since it's not undercontract with ATT?

    Thanks for the help
  2. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Yep, you gotta pay, unless you know the manager like me ;)
  3. mbell75 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    Yep, $3.99 for a 2 hour session. Go to Borders or a Corner Bakery. Free wifi there.
  4. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Free WiFi at Panera also if you have any of those nearby.
  5. Alphakline macrumors regular


    Nov 30, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Or you're on the Rewards program with starbucks and you get two hours free everyday.
  6. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Oh and don't forget McD's should be all free now too! :D
  7. jasg49 macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Pick up a Starbucks card at the register and fill it with 10 or 20 bucks.

    Go home and register the card, the registration process will give you an opportunity to create a free ATT WiFi account.

    Once registered, you get two hours a day FREE - as long as you use the card once a month or so. Just use it for your daily latte and keep adding money to it.

    With the iPad, pick the ATT WiFi in Starbucks, when you start Safari - you will be prompted for your ATT userid & pw. The iPad will remember this and auto-connect in any Starbucks - at least mine does in several Starbucks.
  8. LittleBob68 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. I LOVE the ipad but I think it is going back and I am going to get a 3g. I prefer to not have to depend on wifi.
  9. California King macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    Never go to Starbucks, but do people actually stay that long there? I always feel the need to leave after finishing my food, haha
  10. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
    Forget starbucks. Got to coffee bean. Free wifi.
  11. tobyringle macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    If you use AT&T for your home internet service, you have free access to all AT&T hot spots, including Starbucks.
  12. BacklitFirefly macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2009
    Sandhills Area, North Carolina
    Barnes and Noble stores around here always have Starbucks inside -- and wifi is free there. :)
  13. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Depends on the Starbucks. The ones that are around me are nice and comfortable. One of them has a great patio.

    Plus, I live near UCLA, so plenty of female college students around....:D

    For me, the 3G iPad is a waste of money.
  14. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    check out iPass Connect. For about $7 per month you get access to thousands of hotspots including starbucks. I've used it all over the world. A realy great service that covers both iPad and iPhone
  15. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
    Get a star bucks card. Most likely, you already have one as a gift if you drink a lot of coffee. The starbucks has a registration number. Once you are logged on. It's free 2 hours of wifi per day. Because....who stays at starbucks for more than 2 hours
  16. mconk macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2009
    Haha I do sometimes...I know they say that the free wifi is good for two hours after you register a starbucks card online...but I've found out on many occasions, that there really is no time limit. At least not at the stores I frequent. I typically do work there, or meet up with friends. I've registered a gold card which was free, used it maybe once, and have been enjoying the free wifi since.

  17. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    More and more places free

    Border's Books has joined the free WiFi bandwagon...
  18. acurafan macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    starbucks sucks, their coffee and $4 for internet, is BS. even my local Whole foods' wifi is FREE.
  19. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yeah man.... totally...... blah......:rolleyes:

    The internet at Starbucks is free..... how hard do you find it to register a card and use it to buy the drink that you are supposed to buy while you sit there.

    Starbucks coffee is quite good, depending on what you order. Their espresso drinks are made well and are consistent from store to store because of the uniform training their baristas receive. Their iced teas are also very good. I haven't found a place that has a better iced coffee than Starbucks.
  20. Phelps81 macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Anoka, MN
    The wi-fi at my border's is awful. I can't connect my iPhone to it and my netbook is constantly losing signal there.
  21. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 7, 2007
    Just register your Starbucks card and you get 2 hours a day free.
  22. peestandingup macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
    Like has been said, the internet at Starbucks is essentially free. Just pick up a gift card for like $5, go register it with a username/password & you've got free wifi from then on.

    And yes, I know that there are better coffee places, so lets not start a coffee holy war on a thread about wifi. Remember, for a lot of people, Starbucks is kinda all they have guys.
  23. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Barnes & Noble and Coffee Bean for FREE hassle free WiFi FTW.
  24. krnboy503 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    I've been using it at starbucks everyday.
    It's good to have a registered starbucks card and you get free wifi access. The thing is I've been passing the 2 free hours and use it almost all day for free. Maybe starbucks wants everyone to leave after the second hour :)
  25. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008

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