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Whether of not a coffee shop has free Wi-Fi—particularly if you're an office-less, struggling writer/waiter/actor/novelist—can be the deciding factor where to park your laptop and sip lattes all day. Coffee Bean is stepping up to the plate with Industry Retail Group Wi-Fi service to stores nationwide, which is "compatible with any device." Per PR Newswire: "While other coffee chains commonly charge customers to connect to their Wi-Fi, or limit the free time available, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf felt offering it free, all day, remained consistent with their brand reputation." According to VP of Supply Chain Paul Balzer, it's already improving business: ""Since offering reliable and totally free hotspots, our store teams have noticed an increase in store traffic as well as higher sales per order." [PR Newswire]