There are now more than 1000 Starbucks stores in Japan. And at many (if not most) of them you can get high speed Wireless Internet for free. But there's a catch: a small but ironic catch, namely, you cannot use the free wifi at Starbucks to register for the free wifi at Starbucks. I'm not quite sure why they do this, but it simply means that you either need to register prior to sipping your soy latte, or have your own source of Internet to register at the store.
So do you want to get free Wifi at Starbucks? (or Sut bakkusu as they say in Japanese) Follow my very easy four step program and free Wifi will be yours!
Step 1 - Go to this website (Free Wifi at Starbucks) and enter an email address and a password of your choice (keep it short and simple so you can remember it, such as 'Tokyo', or 'Japan', or 'stillhavenoideahowtobowlikethejapanese'). But be careful as the passwords are case sensitive (my password of 'japan' was continually corrected by my iPhone to 'Japan' thus temporarily preventing my access).
Step 2 - Check your inbox after approximately 3 minutes and 18 seconds (give or take a few hours) and you should receive a provisional registration email. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to click on the link provided within 24 hours (if you fail within this time, repeat step 1 for another provisional registration email).
Step 3 - Go to a Japanese Starbucks store (or Sut ba, スターバ for short), if you are not already in one, and connect to "at_STARBUCKS_Wi2".
Step 4. Open a web browser and enter the your email address and password and voilà (insert relevant Japanese word) - high speed wireless internet for free!
You can now enjoy your grande vanilla skinny cappucino (or whatever it is you order) while getting Wifi at Starbuck's expense.
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