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Java and Java

Coffeehouses (and other public places) go wireless.

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This story appears in the May 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Would you like some with your double mocha? Or somecorporate intranet while you're waiting for your flight?Broadband wireless networks are starting to invade unlikely localesacross the United States. The biggest sign that wireless networksin public places are going mainstream is the recent deal amongStarbucks, Microsoft and MobileStar to install wirelessnetworks in the majority of Starbucks coffeehouses over the nextfew years.

Unlike the cafes we're used to, customers willbring their own wireless-enabled laptops, andhandhelds to access local information and shop online at T1 speeds.Some services will be free; others will incur charges. RegisteredMobileStar customers will also have access to e-mail and corporateintranets. MobileStar service plans will likely start at around$15.95 per month.

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