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Customers at Starbucks coffee shops will be able to get online over a steaming hot drink after BT agreed to supply wireless connectivity for the chain.

The contract had previously been held by T-Mobile, who will now cease to provide access for the 650 hotspots in British Starbucks outlets.

News of the deal follows T-Mobile's indication that it will focus more on developing its mobile broadband across the country in the near future and less on wireless.

"Starbucks is the perfect place to work or catch up over email," said BT Openzone CEO Chris Bruce.

He continued: "Use of our Wi-Fi doubled last year and coffee shops are increasingly popular as a third place to work or log on to the internet.

"We're constantly looking to boost the choice of places to connect – where people want it."

BT's Openzone wireless network currently covers over 150,000 hotspots up and down the UK.

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