Starbucks (SBUX) should have figured this out years ago: There’s a lot of people who will sit in their stores and drink coffee — if they can get free (or nearly free) Internet.
The “Javamancy” blog reports that the new, free AT&T (T) wireless service is so popular that Starbucks’ servers are having a hard time keeping up with demand:
…Lots of people (myself included) are experiencing authentication failures because the login servers are unable to keep up with the traffic. The presentation of this is: invalid username and/or password.
A quick call to the Starbucks Card customer service confirmed that they’ve been fielding questions about the service outage, but according to Michael (the frazzled [rep] that answered my call), they don’t have an ETA for the outage resolution. They’re hoping for service restoration soon, but no guarantees.