Starbucks Expanding Free Wi-Fi at Most Shops

A Starbucks coffee shop begins to slow down early Tuesday evening just before closing it's doors early, Feb. 26, 2008, in Seattle. Starbucks, the world's largest gourmet coffee retailer, shut its doors for three-hour nationwide training sessions Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
Starbucks Corp. says it will begin offering unlimited free Wi-Fi at all of its company-operated U.S. locations next month.

The free wireless Internet will be available on July 1 at about 6,700 locations.

The coffee house had previously offered two free hours of Web access each day to registered customers. Now, access won't require a Starbucks loyalty card.

After that, consumers at the Seattle chain were charged a small fee.

The announcement was made Monday by CEO Howard Schultz who was speaking at a conference in New York.