Get your iPhones ready: McDonald’s to offer free Wi-Fi in 1,200 UK restaurants

“McDonald’s Corp. said at the weekend that it would offer high-speed wireless Internet services to customers for free in 1,200 of its U.K. fast food outlets,” Daniel Thomas reports for MarketWatch.

“The move, aimed at attracting consumers away from rival food chains and coffee shops – such as those of Starbucks Corp. and Coffee Republic PLC – could save regular public wireless Internet users GBP260 a year, based on them paying to use other so-called WiFi services for an hour a week, McDonald’s said,” Thomas reports.

“McDonald’s, which claims to own about 10% of the U.K’s WiFi hotspots, will work with wireless company Cloud Networks Ltd. to roll out the free service across its retail estate by the end of the year,” Thomas reports.

“Cloud recently struck a deal with mobile phone operator O2, a subsidiary of Telefonica SA, and Apple Inc. to provide WiFi connectivity for owners of Apple’s iPhone in the U.K., when the device goes on sale in the country next month,” Thomas reports.

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