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McDonald's no longer offering free WiFi to DS users {Engadget}

May 30th 2008 3:02AM McDonald's Wi-Fi isn't free, for the most part. Companies like Nintendo make deals to offer free Wi-Fi to its customers.

Right now, AT&T is big on free McDonald's Wi-Fi. Most DSL, all fiber optic and certain LaptopConnect customers can log on at McDonald's and AT&T branded Starbucks without paying more than their monthly bill.

In general, McDonald's Wi-Fi is pay to play. But sometimes a "sugar daddy" comes to your rescue!

Free Wi-Fi for DS no more at North American McDonald's now {DS Fanboy}

May 29th 2008 6:20PM It matters because one of the benefits of a _portable_ game system is the ability to use it away from home.

McDonald's no longer offering free WiFi to DS users {Engadget}

May 29th 2008 1:21PM There are four ways to get free Wi-Fi at McDonald's. But they all require a web browser.

For example, you can log in free with your AT&T DSL account but you need to enter your e-mail address and password through a web form to sign in.

Of course, a web browser doesn't come standard with the DS. With the Opera browser cartridge you can log in but can't play games. With the USB connector, you can log in on your laptop but that means you need to lug it around with your DS!

Even the paid options for logging on to McDonald's Wi-Fi requires a web browser.

DS'ing at Mickey D just got a lot more complicated!

BTW, follow the photo at the top to learn more than you could possibly ever want to know about McDonald's Wi-Fi, including the four free options.

Free Wi-Fi for DS no more at North American McDonald's now {DS Fanboy}

May 29th 2008 12:58PM Hey Shit,

See comment #7 for the poop on Canada.

Jeff

Free Wi-Fi for DS no more at North American McDonald's now {DS Fanboy}

May 29th 2008 1:27AM I'm fairly certain Schlotzsky's has a sign-in page, even though it's free. You need to click an "I Agree" button to agree to the Terms of Service, etc.

But guess what? The DS doesn't (normally) have a web browser, so how are you supposed to click that button?!?

You have two choices:

1. Use the USB Wi-Fi connection hardware and click that Agree button on your laptop (making your DS unit slightly less portable :)
2. Pop in the Opera cartridge for web surfing (You'll see the Agree button this way).

Jack in the Box and most hotel chains with free Wi-Fi do the same thing: Sign-in first, then you get full access to the Internet.

McDonald's is now the same way for DS users. Gone are the days when you could "just connect." You need to sign in with a web browser and perhaps even type in a credit card number to get online.

Free Wi-Fi for DS no more at North American McDonald's now {DS Fanboy}

May 28th 2008 9:28PM @SephFinale: You got that right. Free Wi-Fi, particularly at independent cafes, isn't hard to find.

And even though the Nintendo Wi-Fi hotspot locator still claims 6,000 partner hotspots (the actual number is 0), it is useful for finding those free Wi-Fi cafes.

http://www.nintendowifi.com/hotspots/searchHotSpot.do?locale=en_US

Free Wi-Fi for DS no more at North American McDonald's now {DS Fanboy}

May 28th 2008 8:11PM Actually, in Canada, the Nintendo agreement was through Fatport, a hotspot provider with about 4,000 locations.

None of those locations are McDonald's. And none of those are free to DS owners any more.

http://www.fatport.com/locations/

Free Wi-Fi for DS no more at North American McDonald's now {DS Fanboy}

May 28th 2008 6:44PM Thanks for picking up the story. I love the graphic!

Aside from my tiny, insignificant magazine, DS Fanboy is the first to report this news.

Even if you mange to connect through the dongle or Opera, McDonald's generally charges for its Wi-Fi ($2.95 for 2 hours).

However, there are four ways to get on for free:

* Get broadband (DSL or fiber) service from AT&T
* Ask cashier for a free Wi-Fi coupon (this doesn't work very often)
* Some McD franchises give their Wi-Fi away free (Know of one? Please share!)
* Pay $60/mo. for a 3G Laptop card from AT&T Wireless and McD Wi-Fi is thrown in free

Thanks again for the 15 minutes of fame!

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