Would you like free Wi-Fi with that Big Mac?

We thought McDonald's was being generous with the free Happy Meal toy but now old Ronald has surpassed himself and gone and dropped the charges from n

We thought McDonald's was being generous with the free Happy Meal toy but now old Ronald has surpassed himself and gone and dropped the charges from nearly all of its restaurants' extensive Wi-Fi network.Given that one in ten of all hotspots in the UK is in a McDonald's, it represents a humungous step forward for Wi-Fi kind and surely means the likes of Starbucks and Costa can't hold out charging top whack for much longer.We've calculated that the £260 a year Wi-Fi road warriors can save by switching to Maccy D's would buy 72 Big Mac meals – or 262 Garden Side Salads if you're not currently filming the sequel to Super Size Me.One other thing, with a free hotspot now on virtually every high street in the land, that 3G-less iPhone suddenly doesn't seem like quite such a chore after all. Let's just hope that pesky Hamburglar doesn't leach all the bandwidth from under our noses.EssentialsMcDonald's Wi-FiPrice: £FreeContact: McDonald’sRelated stories:Web Stuff: BT Fon launches worldwide Wi-FiLondon's City boys under a Wi-Fi CloudWi-Fi sans frontiers