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McDonald's New Zealand to offer free WiFi at restaurants.
Posted on 16-Dec-2010 13:38. | Tags Filed under: News.

McDonald’s now NZ’s largest free WiFi provider

McDonald’s is now the largest free internet provider in New Zealand, with the company today announcing it is offering free WiFi in nearly all its restaurants nationwide. No purchase is required to access the WiFi internet in McDonald’s restaurants.

With around 17 million customers expected through the doors over the summer months, McDonald’s Managing Director Mark Hawthorne says this service will be good news for travellers, commuters and anyone needing a convenient place to stop and check emails or browse the internet.

“No matter where you are in New Zealand, there will be a McDonald’s nearby, which makes us the perfect place to offer this kind of internet service. Whether you’re in Kaitaia or Invercargill you will now have a place where you can stop, grab a bite to eat or coffee and access free WiFi internet – I don’t think any other company in New Zealand can offer that kind of service.

“We are aware that some companies offer a WiFi internet service but charge an hourly rate to use it – it definitely wasn’t a cost we wanted to pass onto our customers,” he said.

Mr Hawthorne says providing free WiFi will be of convenience to a wide range of customers at McDonald’s.

“We have such a diverse range of customers these days that on any given day you can find business people holding meetings, parents taking the kids in for a treat, or commuters grabbing a cup of coffee – we think this service will provide a little extra convenience to our customers’ days, which is what this is all about.

“Free WiFi is the perfect service for the growing number of people who use their mobiles to access social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Customers with iPhones, iPads, PDAs and the like will find free WiFi a welcome way to stay connected socially, for free, just by heading on down to their local McDonald’s.

“McDonald’s has led the charge on changing our food and restaurants in line with consumer demand; now we’re leading the way in delivering technology which continues to modernise the McDonald’s experience,” he said.

McDonald’s free WiFi is currently available in 132 restaurants nationwide, with 145 restaurants expected to be offering the service by the end of the year. There are nine foodcourt restaurants and four airport restaurants which are not able to offer the service due to lease arrangements.

Mr Hawthorne says that, as with any information technology service, some restaurants may experience teething problems in the first couple of weeks, but they will be resolved as quickly as possible.

“Offering free WiFi is a really bold move and will secure McDonald’s as a place of true convenience for customers – the largest restaurant chain in the country, offering great quality food and free WiFi internet service to customers.”

The WiFi service is provided by TelstraClear, with access available to customers with mobile phones or portable computers that support wireless technology.

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