Japanese Vending Machines Serve You Wi-Fi With Your Drinks

Posted: 05/01/2012 in Marketing

Japan have a fascination with vending machines, creating more technologically advanced devices as well as giving them purposes that extend beyond their original use.

Drinks company Asahi Soft Drinks Co. has created a new vending machine that not only dispenses drinks but provides free Wi-Fi that lets you access the web within a 50m radius.

The service is free for anyone to use and connects automatically without needing to install or pay for the service. However, it disconnects after a 30 minute timeframe, but you can still reconnect after this happens but it means you can’t abuse the service by downloading any large files.

After you log in, uses will see information relating to where they are currently based, such as where to shop as well as local and regional attractions.

The company’s ambition is to install 1,000 machines across Japan first before increasing that number to 10,000 over the next five years. The vending machines are being developed in conjunction with wireless company, FreeMobile.

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