Begging Starbucks For Free WiFi in Japan
Foreign residents and visitors to Japan are often surprised to discover that free Wifi internet access, which is relatively common at cafes and fast food restaurants in other countries, is a very rare thing in Japan. Even foreign chains are super stingy with WiFi. One notable example is Starbucks: it offers free unlimited WiFi access inside stores in its home country, while restricting WiFi access at Japanese stores to subscribers of paid WiFi services (Flet’s, SB, and Mzone ).
One unhappy customer in Japan has turned to the “My Starbucks Idea” site, which allows users to submit and vote on ideas that will improve Starbucks. Here is a screen capture of the submitted idea, which begs Starbucks to provide free wireless internet access at its store locations in Japan:
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the idea will have much chance of succeeding. At the time of this blog post, it had a score of minus 30.
[hat tip to Maurie]