McDonald's Launches Free Wi-Fi in UK Restaurants

Now you can browse Neowin AND gain weight super fast! Eh, companies don't know how to innovate these days.

McDonald's has announced plans to offer free wireless Internet access across its 1,200-strong restaurants in the UK. The move will make the fast food chain have the country's biggest provider of free wireless broadband access: it will account for about 10% of the total Wi-Fi hotspots.

There seems to be a major increase in competition for the UK's broadband market that is dominated by contract or pay-as-you-go services, where a regular hotspot user usually has to pay around 5 pounds ($10.18 ) for an hour log-on. There are around 11,477 Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK and major service providers include The Cloud, BT, and Deutsche Telecom's T-Mobile.

News source: eWeek

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Free re-fills in the UK? hahaahahahahaahahaha! They try to charge for extra curry sauce

Still.... this is great news.

well, If they have free re-fills in UK (like in Canada), and their coffee is as good as the coffee sold in Canada... their coffee is reason enough to use McDonalds wifi.

They sell cheaper coffee, give free refills, and free wifi.

Might be handy if you have a wi-fi enabled phone and just want to quickly browse the Internet/read emails etc if you suddenly find yourself in McDonald's.

I have my own wi-fi though, and if I move my computer to the right a bit, I can catch some of my neighbour's wi-fi too.

This will only last 1-2 years.. as it did it parts of Ontario Canada.

McDonald's Canada from what I have seen/used has had free Wi-Fi on most Highway Service stops in Ontario but the ones I used are no longer offering Wi-Fi.

Coffee + Wi-Fi... Ok :)

Fast Food + Wi-Fi.... mmmm sounds like a bad combination. Might as well just take the laptop mud wresting with you as well.

I meant to say also, McDonald's food is soo bad for you, it might seem like a good deal to get fre wi-fi while you eat their food. You'll be fat like the first poster said.

The only wi-fi I know of is at Starbucks and it requires a Verizon account. So it's not free. I don't see any free wi-fi hot spots anywhere where I live. Just people who don't secure their residential connections.

Ohh great, to get free wi-fi, I have to get to Tonbridge McDonalds buy some tea and sit amongst the worst chavs on the planet for free access.

Or I could look out for unsecure hotspots in my street like I do every time I want a free ride.

I will stick with my street.

Yes to get free wi-fi (legally) you have to leave your house and not just (illegally) take it from others in your street, shame McDonalds should have thought about that ... real lazy people will never fall for it, they'll order take-a-way and sit at home still

Yogurth said,
Anything that will help You become unheathy and obese McDonalds knows it's public well.

Your an idiot. Ive been eating at mcd's for over 15 years and I still have low cholesterol, low blood pressure, and I only weigh 205 pounds. They cant help it if fat asses eat there and then go home and sit on there lazy asses. I wish people would leave that ****ing place alone.

The truth is that their food has gotten a LOT better with wider healthier offerings. Now, if people choose to eat 3 supersized meals a day there, they have no one to blame but themselves for getting ginormous.

But, outside of that, more free Wi-Fi is a GOOD THING and the wave of the future. So, thumbs up!

Your an idiot. Ive been eating at mcd's for over 15 years and I still have low cholesterol, low blood pressure, and I only weigh 205 pounds.


I'll tell You a little story after which You can decide who is an idiot in this thread...

...A very good friend of mine dated a Mc Donalds plant manager(e.g. factory manager), for cheese and bread production for several months few years ago. She explicitly forbade him to ever eat anything in Mc Donalds. I can only tell You what she told him that instead of days and instead of hours to make cheese and bread through natural process these two are made in minutes through help of some dangerous chemicals poured into substances during the mixing process in MC Donalds. Don't You think she knew what was going into those burgers?

#4 has to be quoting some old wives tale. Number one Cheese and Bread are unlikely to be made in the same plant. The ingredients for anything at McDonalds are readily available and if they really had dangerous chemicals in them it would be all over the news. I can tell you that McDonalds takes their reputation very seriously and has extremely high food safety standards.

It makes sense to me - gives people free internet so they're more likely to stay longer and order more, whilst also improving customer satisfaction. Few people would be willing to pay anyway.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It makes sense to me - gives people free internet so they're more likely to stay longer...

That's interesting, because most fast food places, McDonald's included, are designed to discourage people from dawdling. Their crappy plastic "furniture" is purposely designed to be uncomfortable so that people will eat and get out. In fact, they'd make everybody use the drive through to save overhead if they thought they could get away with it.

McDonald's is a commercial feeding trough, not a restaurant. I'm surprised by this decision.

McDonald's has been doing this in the US for quite a while. At least, the McD's down the street offers it.

I'm also not sure what the news poster meant when he/she said that companies don't know how to innovate these days... Were they really trying to be innovative, or just provide a service to their customers? :P

fivehorizons said,
McDonald's has been doing this in the US for quite a while. At least, the McD's down the street offers it.

I'm also not sure what the news poster meant when he/she said that companies don't know how to innovate these days... Were they really trying to be innovative, or just provide a service to their customers? :P

Same in Portugal , a few McDonald's do offer Wi-Fi

You have to pay for wireless access at places in UK? What a rip off. Poor brits. I think all of the coffee houses here have free WiFi. And there are a lot of restaraunts and bars that offer free WiFi too.

About bloody time. Thankfully, there's a bunch of pubs near our McDonald's so hopefully I'll be able to leech it from there while enjoying a cool pint as opposed to a luke-warm box of "fries".

Kushan said,
About bloody time. Thankfully, there's a bunch of pubs near our McDonald's so hopefully I'll be able to leech it from there while enjoying a cool pint as opposed to a luke-warm box of "fries".

Why leech off Mcdonalds network, when there's been free wi-fi in nearly all Varsity pubs for ages