A Big Mac, Large Fries, Coke and BT OpenZone please..
BT have announced plans to bring wireless broadband Internet access to more than 500 McDonald's restaurants around the UK over the next few months in a bid to expand its BT OpenZone service. This announcement comes just before the Wireless Broadband Week starting on January 26th where anyone can sign up to a week of free Internet access to BT OpenZone and other services that are taking part in the event.
The majority of the McDonald's sites will be in drive-thru restaurants, which BT say are popular with business travellers. These users are already used to seeing hotspots in airports, railway stations and hotels.
Anyone wanting to try the service will find it available at The Strand, Oxford Street and Liverpool Street Station in London.
McDonalds has already introduced similar services in 400 restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadephia in the United States suggesting this is more than a mere trial run.
Whether you really want to be surfing the net when having lunch in a busy McDonalds is not something we're quite convinced about, but it can become a useful tool for users who want to quickly check their e-mail if they are waiting for something important, or checking the train times online. We'll be trying it out :) [seb]