Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks? It really must be a recession. I for one never thought this day would come. I distinctly remember in college getting a carmel apple cider from Starbucks and subsequently being forced to study in the adjacent Panera because Starbucks offered no free Wi-Fi connection. For years the chain has had a partnership with T-Mobile Hotspot, but apparently that has come to an end. Starting July 1, Starbucks will offer free Wi-Fi, with no registration or login required. Mashable reports that in addition to the new free Wi-Fi, Starbucks plans to roll out a Digital Network later this year. The network would allow patrons access to paid sites, such as WSJ.com and other content providers.