Co-working makes telecommuters feel less isolated, and working in coffee houses and restaurants provides them with comfortable places to work and be around humanity without having to stray too far from home. So, it’s probably safe to assume that news of Tim Hortons’ decision to start offering free Wi-Fi in approximately 90% of its restaurants throughout Canada by September 2012 is music to telecommuters’ ears.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Tim Hortons is a coffee and donuts chain of restaurants similar to Dunkin Donuts. The company was founded in 1964 by hockey great Tim Horton, who died in a car accident in 1974. Horton’s business partner Ron Joyce took over the company shortly thereafter. Today, Tim Hortons has more than 4,000 locations across Canada and in parts of the United States. Tim Hortons products can be purchased as far away as Scotland and Ireland.
Because Tim Hortons surpassed McDonald’s as Canada’s largest food service franchise, it just makes sense that the company would start offering free Wi-Fi. Free wireless Internet access not only benefits business professionals who want to get some work done in a friendly atmosphere but also the average individual who wants to surf the Web, shop, or watch videos while enjoying a meal or cup of coffee.
Although cell phone companies like AT&T, Verizon and even Cricket offer wireless PC cards, a wireless PC card is an extra expense that a telecommuter could avoid by simply remaining in isolation at home. But where’s the fun in that?
So, come September 2012, customers in select Tim Hortons restaurants throughout Canada and the U.S. will be able to enjoy coffee, donuts and free wireless Internet access. Keep in mind that wireless hot spots don’t guarantee secure connections, so it’s a good idea to avoid accessing highly sensitive files or sending ultra-private email messages when using a free wireless connection.
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