A Japanese soft drink maker plans to offer free Wi-Fi from its vending machines for customers from next year.
The Asahi Soft Drinks conducted trials of the machines at some locations in Japan and met with success. According to the company, users don't need to purchase drinks from the vending machine in order to use the free Wi-Fi which as a range of 50 meters.
The company said that users will be able to use the free Wi-Fi for 30 minutes in one go after which the machine will cut them off automatically. However, users will be allowed to immediately reconnect should they wish to do so reports Gizmag. When they first log on with the machine, they will be redirected to a page, which would give them local information related to where they are.
Asahi said that it planned to install 1,000 machines across Japan during 2012 in areas including Tokyo, Sendai, Chubu, Kinki, and Fukuoka and hopes to take that number to 9,000 in the next few years.
The new vending machines would not only allow users to gain free internet access but will also let the company make some money from the advertisements which it will put up on its landing page.