Sure enough, the on-again, off-again, on-again saga that is AT&T's deal to offer "free" high-speed wireless access at Starbucks has hit another snag.

This time it's T-Mobile that's objecting, filing a lawsuit claiming it has dibs on wireless access at the (ahem) "mom-and-pop coffee shop" through 2009.

The conduct of Starbucks has caused T-Mobile monetary damages and such damages will continue should Starbucks continue its breaching conduct," T-Mobile said in the legal papers.

But in the meantime, AT&T customers still can get their surf on as they fuel up, with a few caveats, of course.

The many conveniences of Wi-Fi There are a number of complimentary and paid Wi-Fi options, whether you need to check your email, download files for your next meeting, or just surf the Web in coffeehouse comfort.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for Starbucks customers When you register your Starbucks Card and use it at least once a month, you'll receive two consecutive hours a day of complimentary Wi-Fi, courtesy of AT&T.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for AT&T DSL customers AT&Ts more than 12 million DSL customers already qualify for free Wi-Fi at their neighborhood Starbucks.
  • Competitive pricing for paid Wi-Fi All other customers can receive two consecutive hours of Wi-Fi access for $3.99.