McDonald's to offer free wi-fi

McDonald's will serve up free wi-fi from 132 of its fast-food outlets from today.

Managing director Mark Hawthorne said the company had decided to make the "bold move" to offer the free internet service as an extra convenience to customers and to "modernise the McDonald's experience".

"Free wi-fi is the perfect service for the growing number of people who use their mobiles to access social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Customers with iPhones, iPads and the like will find free wi-fi a welcome way to stay connected socially."

There will be no time restriction, but customers will be limited to downloading 50 megabytes of data per session.

Another 13 outlets will get wi-fi by the end of the year.

TelstraClear will provide the service.