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Why am I seeing a wifi signal every time I walk by a Starbucks? | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Why am I seeing a wifi signal every time I walk by a Starbucks?



Actually I do know why I see the wifi signal from Starbucks and it’s kind of irratating. A couple months back I signed into using wifi because it was free for me at Starbucks. I didn’t think much of it—the login was simple though slightly time consuming in that I had to use my phone number as a username etc. Nothing major for someone sitting down enjoying coffee. The issue comes now whenever I walk by a Starbucks it knocks my 3G network off expecting me to login again. So on a daily basis it seems like I’m turning off my wifi button as I’m walking outside which is getting annoying, especially since I already have the Ask to Join Networks button off. I know why that button isn’t working—because I’ve already signed into that network once at Starbucks, but it doesn’t realize I don’t want to be using it as I walk outside. Has anyone else come across this issue and found it kind of bothersome?

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  • http://www.rylanderdesign.com/ Michael Rylander

    Hi Michael – A nuisance indeed. I'm wondering if you are able to do this: go to settings/wifi/ next time you're in the area, and click the blue arrow next to the starbucks network, then click “forget this network”

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    it's worth a try—thanks for the suggestion

  • http://youngandbrilliant.net ninakix

    I usually turn my wireless off ANYWAYS, because it tends to be a timesuck. I wish there was a way to quickly turn it on and off… Kinda like the wi-fi on the kindle. :/

  • http://erenemre.com Eren Emre Kanal

    Michael's method is correct. Also, since all the Starbucks use “attwifi”, The iPhone will remember/forget it in all locations.

  • Drew

    I've had the same issue here in the UK, although not with Starbucks. Either an 'Openzone' network which expects me to log in or some strange 'free' wi-fi which never connects – and I have to keep switching off my Wi-Fi to actually get something done on 3G (which isn't fast, but that's another story…)