March 7, 2003

More WiFi

John C. Dvorak reports (about halfway down the page) that Toshiba is teaming up with Unocal and Circle K to provide WiFi in gas stations and mini marts. He doesn’t say if it’ll be free, but he implies it strongly. And who would spend more than a few minutes in a Circle K parking lot anyway? And although it’s an unlikely combination (check your e-mail while filling up? I thought you were supposed to turn electronic devices off), it still shows that the walls are breaking down. Starbucks will have to cave one day.

When the whole country is giving away free Web access for casual travelers, you can thank Toshiba.

…After a little research, I find out that Starbucks just lowered their prices a little, to $30 a month or $6 a day. (You see what happens when you actually look around, instead of just making things up!) It seems like they’re experimenting to find a price point that works. I think a per-minute charge, maybe a nickel or a dime (with no minimum, right Doc?), is what it’s going to take to bring people in. Die hard users will get the monthly pass, but it’s the occasional passers-by that they need to capture. $6 is still too much, unless you’re going to be using it for hours.

Much more WiFi stuff is at Jon Schull’s site.

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  1. ggg says:


    Posted March 11, 2003 @ 6:56 am

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