Do you remember the Japanese public Wi-Fi service I wrote about a couple of weeks ago? For less than $5 a month and available at more than 70,000 urban locations, it’s a steal!
But for the short-term traveler or sporadic Internet user, the new free Wi-Fi service at Starbucks might suffice your needs. And who doesn’t like free?!
Access to the service requires registration. The one downside is that you need an Internet connection to be able to complete the registration process so unless you have a smartphone that already has connectivity, you can’t buy your coffee and use the service then and there. This can be avoided, however, by registering before heading out for your latte.
The registration process is very simple, can be completed in seconds, and you only need do it once.
1. Access the registration screen at: http://starbucks.wi2.co.jp and enter your email address and a password of your choice.
2. Check your inbox and a provisional registration email should be waiting for you. Click on it and then click on the link provided to complete your registration.
Note that the provisional registration email only remains valid for 24 hours so be sure to follow through with Step 2 within that time period to avoid having to do Step 1 again.
Once at a Starbucks, simply connect to “at_STARBUCKS_Wi2″, open a web browser and type in your log-in ID (your email address) and password into the log-in screen.
Multiple devices can be used with the same log-in but not simultaneously. If you do need to have another device logged on at the same time, however, you could easily get around this by registering another email address.
The free service is not yet available at all stores but you are basically covered if in inner-city Tokyo. There are plans to roll out the service to all stores across the country in the not too distant future.
For more info about the service and where it is available, please check their website.