McDonald's Will Offer Free Wi-Fi

Chain will drop $2.95 charge
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2009 2:23 PM CST
McDonald's Will Offer Free Wi-Fi
In this April 20, 2009, a McDonald's restaurant sign is illuminated in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)

(Newser) – McDonald's will stop charging for Wi-Fi starting early next year at most of its locations. The chain currently charges $2.95 to connect to the Internet for 2 hours, but will drop the fee at 11,000 of its 14,000 US restaurants. The chain is likely hoping to lure customers away from Starbucks and other venues that offer free connectivity, in the hope that they surf the web long enough to get hungry for a Big Mac, notes Daily Finance.
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