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Yahoo Trials Free Wi-Fi for Hotels

Red Herring reports Yahoo struck a deal with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to provide Internet lounges and free Wi-Fi access inside several Sheraton hotels as part of a test program.

The Yahoo Link @ Sheraton service will be available in two hotel lounges in the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in California and the Sheraton Boston in Massachusetts, as well as guest rooms. It also will be available from guest rooms in the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City and the Sheraton Stamford in Connecticut.

The service includes Wi-Fi and wired Internet access and email, along with reviews of local attractions, and the ability to print boarding passes from airline sites. Users also get a free 30-day trial of Yahoo�s premium services, such as Yahoo Music, Mail Plus, All-Star Games, Finance Tracker, and Briefcase.

To access the Yahoo service, Sheraton guests receive a code when they check in that they can enter into either their own computer or when they log on to one of the computers that are available in the lounge. With the Sheraton service, Yahoo hopes to raise awareness of its services outside its normal channels.

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