US Airways Joins The Herd: Aircell's Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi Arrives

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If there's one thing everyone needs on a flight, it's in-flight Wi-Fi.That's something we can all agree on, right? While the business andcasual travelers debate, Aircell is announcing yet another partner intheir efforts to blanket the sky with Internet: US Airways. The companyhas managed to land deals with nearly every major (and minor) Americanairline, and with US Air onboard, there's really no stopping things.

Starting today, a total of five Airbus A321 aircraft have beenoutfitted with the service, enabling users to actually get online withtheir notebook or smartphone while flying. US Air isn't saying whichfive they are, but they'll have Gogo logos everywhere when you board(so be on the lookout!). In early June, the rest of the company's A321fleet (51 planes in total) will have Gogo onboard, and in late June,consumers will even be able to tell if their future flight will havethe service as they book.



From now until June 1, those fortunate enough to find themselves on aGogo flight will have one trial session given to them, and afterwards,the regular rates take effect. Gogo's pricing isn't that bad; forflights up to 1.5 hours, it's just $4.95 to hop online, while 1.5 - 3hour flights demand up to $9.95 and over 3 hours required up to $12.95.We just wish the service worked outside of the U.S., but at least Wi-Fiis finally coming to most airlines here. We'll take the baby steps, butwe won't stop wishing for more coverage. Have to make those skiesfriendly somehow!
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Seriously, can we say addiction!

The plane should be a place to relax from the daily routine, catch some Z's, or maybe join the MHC ;)

I would much rather see this as a free service for the exurbanite prices of tickets today. Or have all these smart phones, be able to connect to those satellites since they are literally closer while cruising at 40,000Ft :P

To me this just opens up a whole new market for people to steal your identity, why sit outside someones house for the hack when you can just catch a flight?

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 8:27 AM

>> To me this just opens up a whole new market for people to steal your identity, why sit outside someones house for the hack when you can just catch a flight?

Don't be a spoilsport, Animatortom! I've always wanted to use Aircrack-ng while actually in the air! haha :)

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Inspector replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 12:36 PM

HEHE 3vi1 xD

Animatortom i LOLed on this one :D "Or have all these smart phones, be able to connect to those satellites since they are literally closer while cruising at 40,000Ft :P "

But when im on a plane i get bored really fast and i can't fall asleep so what better to do then search the web :P HH to be more specific Wink lol

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Devhux replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 11:54 PM

I'm hoping to be on a Delta flight that has in-flight Wi-Fi next week.... curious to see how well it works. It uses the same service from Aircell, and they say it's equivalent to mobile broadband, so I guess I'll see.

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"Don't be a spoilsport, Animatortom! I've always wanted to use Aircrack-ng while actually in the air! haha :)"

If you cant have a lighter on a plane, then hows Yu Gonna light da pipe?

The thing is, once this stuff takes off (literally) there are people out there who will be thinking about it.

Although with AT&T's UTV, this will make the flights more like home :)

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realneil replied on Wed, Mar 31 2010 10:26 AM

animatortom:
The plane should be a place to relax from the daily routine, catch some Z's, or maybe join the MHC

While I can certainly agree with joining the 'Mile High Club' whenever you can, I can't possibly relax on a flight when ultimate control of my destiny is totally within someone's hands other than my own. (kinda like a control freak, huh?) Once I'm back on the ground and traveling at less than 50MPH, THEN I can relax. Not before.

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