When you’re toting your laptop around and want to fire off a couple emails and post a blog update, Toronto is a pretty desolate place. Canadian Starbucks locations are not Wi-Fi enabled, though our neighbours to the south are able to buy access accounts that work in locations all over the country. Coffee chain Second cup, is now teasing the geek set with free Rogers hotspots. What’s the catch you ask? Well, let TOist tell you that after being a Rogers customer for five years, there is always a catch. It’s like a drug dealer giving a free dime bag the first time to get ya hooked, so you’ll always be back for more. The hook here, says our chatty server, is that the access is only free for three weeks and then they’ll start charging for the service. So sip that Americano slow, and enjoy it while it lasts.
It’s a really good business plan if you ask us. Torontoist prefers the darker roast and extra caffeine that Starbucks hooks us up with, but at the moment we’re posting from Second Cup and drinking the blandest latté we’ve had in months — ‘cause they have Wi-Fi! Yes, it’s sad to be such a slut to the technology, but at the moment it’s the only thing keeping the lap warm, if you know what we mean. Wireless is the bomb, but if Second Cup is going to pipe in Sarah McLachlan, then the Wi-Fi really ought to be free.
If you know of a business that has a wireless hotspot for their clientele, please post a comment and share it with us.