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First AT&T had free Wi-Fi in Starbucks, then they took it away, then they announced the initial release was an accident, then they finally started the free Wi-Fi service in Starbucks.
Then, T-Mobile sued Starbucks for offering free AT&T Wi-Fi in markets where T-Mobile still had exclusive rights to "sell, market and promote its services". The infrastructure transition from T-Mobile to AT&T isn’t yet complete, but Starbucks already started the service.
Simply said, AT&T was using T-Mobile’s equipment, and while AT&T and Starbucks were profiting, T-Mobile was paying the bills – a completely legitimate law suit.
According to Reuters, the three companies have finally settled.
"T-Mobile, AT&T and Starbucks have entered into a memorandum of understanding to resolve their disputes and are committed to providing a high quality Wi-Fi experience for customers," said Starbucks spokeswoman Stacey Krum.
The details of the agreement were not disclosed, but AT&T and T-Mobile both confirmed the statement.
In other words, Starbucks probably had to sign a check over T-Mobile for breach of its contract and unfair competition.