Austrian carrier Mobilkom will add Wi-Fi to all 161 McDonald's restaurants in the country (in German): Forty McDonald's in Vienna were already unwired in a test. Service will be free until the end of April. Mobilkom hopes to at least double the number of hotspots it operates on top of these new additions, although no time frame was mentioned in the article.
Subscribers can charge their hotspot usage via a gateway page login or by using SIM card authentication. Mobilkom might also charge by the half hour, 2 hours, or 24 hour period. The article notes that exclusive of those time period plans, service (as with the company's GPRS and UMTS) will cost a euro a megabyte, which seems extraordinarily high.