In 2015, Gogo is going international with its in-flight internet. It’s launching an all-satellite service that not only boosts speeds considerably over its current pokey ground-to-air network, but also supplies connectivity over the open ocean.
Tired of airplane mode? The FCC is circulating a proposal to make phones usable above 10,000 feet.
No more silly rules on using electronic devices on take-off and landing. Amazon is marking the occasion by “thanking” the FAA and offering discounts.
Gogo is launching a new network in 2014 that will connect airplanes at 60 Mbps. That capacity will be shared among passengers, but given Gogo’s high prices, you won’t face too much competition for bandwidth.
You can complain and sulk about inflight internet all you like, but that doesn’t stop you from connecting. More flyers are buying Gogo’s services than ever before, and they’re paying even more to do so.
Hipmunk, the hot flight-finding service, has added in-flight Wi-Fi as a new metric for travelers. Sure, this is an indication of how deep the web has sunk its talons into us, but working on flights has become pretty much the standard in many offices.
[qi:___wifi] The Wi-Fi Alliance, the groups that certifies Wi-Fi devices and markets the wireless technology, has conducted a survey, released today, that found that 76 percent of people would choose an airline based on whether or not it offers in-flight WiFi-based broadband. However, only 31 percent of those surveyed have actually used Wi-Fi on planes, and once they try it out, their expectations of the service’s utility could get crushed like an open laptop crammed between your knees and the reclining passenger in front of you.
Still, of the 480 travelers surveyed by the Wakefield Research on behalf of the Wi-Fi Alliance, 55 percent were willing to move their flight times by one day in order to catch a plane with web access. Seventy-one percent would rather have Wi-Fi than a meal. For those who have not used Wi-Fi in-flight, 87 percent expected they would use it to tackle email, and 63 percent said they would to sign into other online productivity tools for work. Read More about Surprise! Wi-Fi Alliance Says Travelers Want Wi-Fi on Planes