Starbucks, T-Mobile Reach Settlement

  • June 12, 2008
Starbucks said Wednesday it had resolved a dispute with T-Mobile stemming from the coffee chain's recent launch of free Wi-Fi through AT&T. Details of the settlement were not made public, but a Starbucks spokesperson said the coffee chain will continue to offer customers up to two hours of free Wi-Fi each day via AT&T.

Last week, T-Mobile sued to block the deal. Starbucks had announced in February that AT&T would replace T-Mobile as Wi-Fi provider for the coffee chain, but the process was supposed to be gradual, according to T-Mobile's lawsuit.

T-Mobile alleged that it was supposed to remain the sole Wi-Fi provider at all Starbucks in particular markets until every coffee house in that locale had replaced T-Mobile's access lines and equipment with those of AT&T.

--Wendy Davis



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