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Here's why AT&T Starbucks free Wi-Fi doesn't include AT&T cell customers

By now, many of you have heard that the 7,000 U.S.
Written by Russell Shaw, Contributor

By now, many of you have heard that the 7,000 U.S. Starbucks Wi-Fi locations will be switching their Wi-Fi service provider from adding an alternative to T-Mobile. That alternative access will be via AT&T's Wi-Fi network.

The agreement, which will offer up to two hours of free Wi-Fi a day to

Starbucks Card holders, also will offer unlimited free Wi-Fi access to more than 12 million qualifying AT&T broadband and AT&T U-verse Internet customers, as well as 5 million of AT&T’s remote access services business customers.

To that, I have a simple question.

Why doesn't the free AT&T Starbucks Wi-Fi offer include AT&T Mobility customers?

Could it be that AT&T fears that by doing this, it would cannibalize AT&T Mobility minutes?

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