Burgers and Free Wi-Fi

It seems the for-fee model pioneered by T-Mobile, Wayport and others may be giving way to free services operated by venue owners.

The Krystal Company, which operates a chain of 246 company owned and 190 franchise fast food restaurants across the southeast United States, is a good example. Krystal launched its first Wi-Fi hotspot at a restaurant near the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville 18 months ago and recently announced it had expanded its footprint to 52 locations.

Krystal chief information officer David Reid says, “We see the whole business of charging and figuring out how much to charge as such an obstacle. We really wanted to make this free and easy.” Full Story…

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