060308starbucks.jpgIn an attempt to pump up its shrinking customer base, starting today Starbucks will offer two hours of free Wi-Fi per day. Well, free for anyone who puts at least $5 onto a reloadable Starbucks Card and registers online for the Starbucks Rewards Card program. Rewards program members get other perks too: free syrup and milk options with drinks, free refills on coffee and one free beverage with the purchase of a pound of coffee beans.

After the free two hours expire, customers can buy additional time at $3.99 per two-hour session; monthly membership is also sold for $19.99 per month and comes with access to any of AT&T’s 70,000 “hot spots” worldwide. And good news for Starbucks employees: The company won’t be charging you for Wi-Fi at all – should you want to come into work and use it on your day off.

The two hours of free Wi-Fi comes with the company’s change from T-Mobile to AT&T, though T-Mobile HotSpot subscribers will still be able to access Starbucks locations. While Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan is glad to take the freebie, he “finds it strange to suddenly see a Wi-Fi war in 2008, when we should be talking about mobile broadband, 4G—something a little less five years ago.”

Photo of mobile desktop user courtesy Imrov Everywhere.