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Free Wireless at Starbucks!

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Free at last!

Starbucks has taken up the guise of responsible community membership by making its T-Mobile wireless access free in some Southern California stores through October 31. The reason for the change? No, they didn't realize that the 11th Commandment is "Thou shalt have free wireless" – they want to help out those who've suffered as a result of the recent rash of wildfires. T-Mobile HotSpots are ordinarily a princely fee of $6 a day or $30 a month.

As far as we can tell, there's no list of stores at which free wireless is offered; it could be all stores or it could be limited, so call ahead. We can vouch for Broxton & Weyburn in Westwood. Remember, Starbucks' free wireless is not for downloading movies off Bit Torrent but for reconnecting with friends and family.

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The text of Starbucks' message on the subject follows the jump.

Dear Valued Starbucks Customers and Community Members: In response to the Southern California wildfires, T-Mobile USA is offering complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service through Oct. 31 at nearly 1,000 Starbucks stores that are T-Mobile HotSpot locations throughout Southern California.

People can access complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot service during this limited time in select Starbucks stores where T-Mobile has agreements to offer HotSpot service in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as Imperial, Kern, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties.

This complimentary service for fire-affected areas in Southern California is for Wi-Fi service only, not T-Mobile voice or other services.

Photo by Greg Katz for LAist.