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Free Starbucks Wi-Fi for UK iPhone users

O2 has announced today that iPhone customers will soon get free Wi-Fi at all Starbucks venues in the UK, as the beverage behemoth rolls out BT Openzone hotspots to all 678 of its outlets

O2 has announced today that iPhone customers will soon get free Wi-Fi at all Starbucks venues in the UK, as the coffee peddler rolls out BT Openzone hotspots to all 678 of its outlets. O2 mobile broadband customers with Wi-Fi access included as part of their contract will get in on the deal by the summer, too.

The beverage behemoth will begin rolling out BT Openzone from 20 April. Wi-Fi is usually faster than 3G, and uses less battery power -- something heavy iPhone users are advised to remember.

Customers who use O2's mobile broadband service get free Wi-Fi from hotspot provider The Cloud, but the service is almost never available at Starbucks (seriously, we know, being Starbucks-addicted Cloud users ourselves -- it sucks). So this is music to our ears.

From 20 April, check your local Starbucks for signs of BT Openzone Wi-Fi, and consult O2's help pages if you need help logging on.