March 18, 2004

McDonald's Wifi

Category: Internet

The Golden Arches: The thought of getting my laptop anywhere near a pile of greasy McDonald's french fries sends shivers down my spine. I'm not the only one who feels that way. So why is McDonald's launching WiFi in it's stores?

As CNet says, it may be a big boost for the WiFi industry, but as I've said before - it makes more sense for a business to give wireless access away for free than to try an elaborate pay-for-use scheme. In the case of McDonald's I wouldn't bother at all.

Posted by Nick at March 18, 2004 11:01 PM


Pretty funny! I don't know a lot of laptop-toting businesspeople who lunch at McDonalds (and as you say, of those who do, few would risk working on a computer while handling greasy fries)!

Posted by: Beth at March 20, 2004 1:37 PM

MacDonalds make the best french fries in the world.
They are NOT greasy.
Why don't you hang out in Starbucks where the laptops crowd belongs.

Posted by: james whalen at April 3, 2004 11:41 PM

McD's fries are greasy, actually.. but so tasty nonetheless. A lot of their grease is on the outside, where as Burger King's fries are drier on the outside, but grease-laden on the inside. McD's fries are tasty, but they do require a trip to the bathroom to wash your hands afterwards.

The real issue with McDonald's and setting up wireless access areas is that many McD's are just in deplorable condition. It's not the grease in the food that makes you hesitant to set up your laptop in there, it's the grease on the tables, the floors, in the chairs, etc. Not to mention, the clientelle makes McD's an unpleasant place to stay for an extended period of time. They're usually blaring some kind of 80's rock, or have a TV in there (why do we need a TV in everything now?????) blasting soaps or Oprah or Dr. Phil. It's not a place to really sit and relax while you eat and surf. At least with Starbucks or similar places, you have a pleasant and typically cleaner environment. You're a lot less likely to have a family with 3 wailing kids sit down next to you in Starbucks, whereas, with McD's, you can almost bank on it.

Posted by: Onikaze at September 24, 2004 12:29 PM