The next time you’re using your tablet in a Starbucks, you might be surprised how fast the Internet connect is. That’s because the coffee chain is now working with Google to speed up its free Wi-Fi service.
Starting this month, new U.S. company-operated Starbucks stores will begin to receive up to 10 times faster Wi-Fi speeds. Over the next 18 months, more than 7,000 U.S. locations to the upgraded Wi-Fi.
Google is replacing AT&T, who has been the company behind Starbucks’ Wi-Fi service since 2008.
“Every day, our customers rely on the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks to study, work, connect with friends or just relax. We want to make sure that they can access the web effortlessly and quickly, no matter what they’re doing, or what device they are using,” said Adam Brotman, chief digital officer, Starbucks.