I love hanging out at Starbucks. Their coffee and frappuccinos are remarkably good. The ambiance is quite soothing if I simply want to chill. At the same time, there’s just enough “life” that can provide me with energy if I need to get some writing done. Plus, there are internet connection and easy-to-access electronic sockets.
Last night, however, the usually great experience I have at Starbucks turned unpleasant. I had to wait for my boyfriend to finish his shift, so I decided to hang out there for a couple of hours. It was the best place to kill time; the chairs are comfy, and they’ve got wi-fi.
When I got there, I was quite happy knowing that I’ll have a hot cup of chocolate while browsing Facebook and reading an ebook. But my excitement was cut short after learning their charge for wi-fi.
In order to use the wi-fi, I had to buy a P60 Globe card, which was only good for one hour. After an hour, it will automatically log me out. So if I were to stay there for three hours and want to access the internet, I had to pay P180! I also had to go through the trouble of scratching the numbers on the back of the card.
I’m already paying an unreasonable amount of money for the wi-fi, so I expected that the process would be smooth and easy. But that’s just not the case. The process was tedious. I attempted to login several times, and it kept on saying “login failed”. When I asked one of the Starbucks crew, he didn’t seem to know how to fix it.
Every time I use the wifi in Krispy Kreme, I just need to ask the password, and can connect to the internet without any problems. And the best part is it’s free!
Honestly, I don’t mind paying a small charge for wi-fi. But P60 an hour is a little steep! It’s not like they’re going to provide me with a computer. I have my own device. And it’s not the 90’s anymore when the rates for internet connection were ridiculously expensive!
Because of this experience, I’m considering never to hang out at Starbucks again. I’d probably buy coffee from time to time (probably on Monday since they are offering a 50% discount on frappuccinos), but I’d get out of there right away. I think other Starbucks branches have different policies when it comes to wifi access. So I hope that what I experienced was an isolated case.
What do you think about Starbucks’ wifi charge? Is it justifiable? Are you willing to pay for P60 an hour for wifi access? Let me know if you had the same experience. 🙂
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