Soft drink vending machines in Japan to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access

Asahi Soft Drinks, Japan has developed a vending machine that provides free Wi-Fi Internet access. Asahi Soft Drinks will roll out 1,000 Wi-Fi vending machines this month in Tokyo, Sendai, the Chubu and Kinki regions, as well as Fukuoka. The company plans to expand the number to 10,000 within five years. The free Internet service, to be provided in association with Freemobile, will be available in two. One will require registration via email, and one will not. Both services will be free of charge.

Asahi says that sessions will time out after 30 minutes and that wireless hotspots will available within a 50-meter radius of Asahi vending machines. WPA2-PSK security will be provided.

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