We were cruising at around 10,000 feet, somewhere above the Midwest, when two pizza-shaped antennas on top of the plane finally connected with the satellite. Within seconds, I was streaming a movie on Netflix in full HD while the man next to me waved at his iPhone.
In-flight Wi-Fi is like the internet ten years ago: expensive, and loaded line-by-line. But also like the internet 10 years ago, we’re being promised much faster service in the near future (from a monopoly provider).
Slow internet is the worst possible kind of internet, as anyone who’s sold kidneys to use in-flight Wi-Fi can probably attest. GoGo, the biggest player in the airborne Wi-Fi game, has been promising faster speeds since 2013; thanks to a FAA decision, the company is now one step closer to coming through.
You know that Louis C.K. joke about wifi on airplanes? He says, “It’s fast, and I’m watching YouTube clips. It’s amazing—I’m on an airplane! And then it breaks down.… And the guy next to me goes, ‘This is bullshit.’” It’s so true.
Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi service is pretty much your only option when it comes to surfing the internet in the skies above. Which means that they are free to give you shitty service at even shittier prices all they want. And now, according to one Google engineer, they're also playing fast and loose with your online…
In-flight WiFi is great (because Snapchat on planes!) but also terrible (because paying $12 for two hours of dial-up era internet), something that AT&T was planning to change by offering its own in-flight WiFi. Sadly, AT&T just announced that it's nuking that idea.
Gogo has just announced that the FCC has granted the in-flight Wi-Fi provider with a "blanket license to operate up to 1,000 Ku-band Satellite aircraft for international and domestic service." What? Basically it just means that Gogo will soon have expensively slow service on transatlantic flights.
Gogo bumps its in-flight Wi-Fi speed from 3 to 9.8 Mbps. Still no video or VoIP, now $18 a flight. Bummer. [Mashable]
The internet on airplanes sucks. Yes, it's amazing. But it also very rarely works well, and it's getting more expensive. Huh? Buzzfeed took a look into why that is, and if there's any chance of things getting better.
You can take that issue of SkyMall and choke yourself with it, because (American Airlines) flights are now a little more fun! TechCrunch reports AA is pushing its Gogo streaming video service to all 767s, offering 100 films and episodes.
Boingo Wireless customers who are fond of travel will appreciate this: Boingo is partnering with Gogo to extend their roaming coverage to the 1,100 planes equipped with Gogo in-flight internet access. No break in the streaming action. [Boingo]
Uh oh, our Jason Chen is going to be pissed when he sees this news. In-flight Wi-Fi's set to get even slower, now that Gogo is giving away free Facebook access on seven of the major airlines.
Did you know Virgin, Delta and AirTran has free Wi-Fi on their planes this holiday season? If you didn't, the flight attendants will tell you when you board—which is bad for those who actually need to use the Wi-Fi.
Now here's a great deal if you're traveling: Until July 10, 2010, you can use the promo code SAVE25 to get 25% off your GoGo Internet in-flight Wi-Fi session. Here's what you need to do. [Updated: One more code!]
Southwest is one of the last major carriers to finally commit to in-flight Wi-Fi, but at least they're doing it right. According to a recent post on the Southwest blog, the airline is going to begin outfitting its planes with Row 44 Wi-Fi starting this spring, and will have the entire fleet connected by 2012.
They're a little late to the party, but Continental will soon be offering wireless internet on some flights. Starting in Q2 2010, 21 of their Boeing 757-300s will be outfitted with Gogo, the same service used by American, United, Delta, and AirTran. The planes travel mostly domestic routes, and a Wi-Fi connection will…
As of right now, American Airlines has Gogo Wi-Fi on all of 15 planes. Today they've announced that 318 more planes will be getting this $100,000 upgrade...but it will take a few years for the project to be complete. By the time it actually happens, I plan on having internet beamed straight to my soul. It'll only be…