Free wi-fi on offer at McDonald's

Web surfing and social media now available at fast-food chain

McDonald’s has announced that it is offering free wi-fi in nearly all its outlets nationwide.

In a statement, McDonald’s Managing Director Mark Hawthorne is quoted as saying: "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.

“Free wi-fi 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 wi-fi a welcome way to stay connected socially, for free, just by heading on down to their local McDonald’s," Hawthorne says.

McDonald’s free wi-fi is currently available in 132 outlets nationwide, with 145 expected to be offering the service by the end of the year. The fast-food chains says there are nine foodcourt outlets and four airport ones which are not able to offer the service, due to lease arrangements.

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."

The service is provided by TelstraClear.

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