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Sunday, March 04, 2007
Evening Read
The New York Times published an interesting article on coffee shop and fast food chains offering wireless internet access to their customers. As the author emphasizes, wi-fi connections are to coffee shops what air conditioning has been to movie theaters a few decades ago.

The article describes the services offered by different companies to their customers, referring to their pricing policies, the support they offer and the imminent lack of security all wireless connections entail.

From what I know about Bucharest, Pizza Hut offers such free services to its customers in most of its restaurants. And I read an article a while ago about a huge redesign plan for all McDonalds restaurants, who would, upon completion, also provide internet services to customers. I am pretty sure the internet is supposed to be free. Which would be a smart choice for Romania, as few of us would pay to get online at McDonalds.

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posted by Alina @ 8:27 PM  
  • At 3/05/2007 3:50 AM, Blogger Ryan said…

    I know this seems like advertising, yet I hopeit's not. I just want to say that if you're discussing free hotspots in Romania, it's worth mentioning c*free.

  • At 3/05/2007 7:48 AM, Blogger SaRaH said…

    well i have to tell you that here in Egypt it is very common indeed.. but sometimes i think it is killing the sociallizing idea slowly.. mm I could be wrong..

  • At 3/05/2007 8:01 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Ryan, that's quite interesting! Had no idea. I guess coffee shops within that area are doing pretty great!

    Sarah, you are right, it could have a negative impact on socializing. But that depends on the persons in question. For some it might mean just a nice way of working and enjoying their drinks or food.

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