Hearing that "someone is working on it
" is one thing, but now the home
of the Golden Arches (and those "all white meat chicken nuggets) has
finally done the deed. No, we're not talking about swapping out those
juicy, all-beef patties for veggie slabs. We're talking about in-house
Wi-Fi, and lots of it. Making good on a promise it made earlier in the
year, McDonald's has rolled out free in-store Wi-Fi in "most" of its US
stores. As of 1/15, the vast majority of McD's eateries should have
Internet signals floating about, and all you'll need to take advantage
is a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone or PC.
All told, Wi-Fi has been added to around 11,500 of the company's 14,000
locations, and of course, it's completely free to those who pass by. It
will be interesting to see if other fast food chains and stores in
general begin to take notice here and try to mimic it. We love having
free Wi-Fi at McD's, but considering that it's a "fast food" place, we
aren't generally sitting down for long periods of time when dropping by
for a large free and a huge tea. What would be awesome, however, is it
more and more retail outlets and eateries began to copy this model.
Wi-Fi is so easy to get these days that it really should be broadcast
pretty much everywhere. If the place that somehow thrives on a "dollar
menu" can afford to offer Wi-Fi at no charge to consumers, there's
hardly an excuse for everyone else.
It's about time the Internet become truly ubiquitous, don't you agree?