It's Now Possible to Surf the Net from a Plane Over South Africa
There’s plenty of domestic in-flight WiFi to be found in and around the nifty fifty, and even long-haul options are starting to pop up here and there. However, if there was one place where all this up in the air connectivity has been limited it's Africa, but thankfully that’s not going to be the case for long.
Low cost carrier Mango—they’re kind of like the little brother of South African Airways—is getting ready to connect passengers at 35,000 feet. It sounds like Row 44, Vodacom and Wireless G are teaming up to provide the in-flight internet magic. G-Connect In-Flight WiFi isn’t just some limited gimmick either, as it sounds like email, websites and all the other World Wide Web tidbits are yours for the browsing. There’s even plans to bring some kind of text message system to the comfort of your tray table as well.
One-way access starts at around $6 or so, and it’s roughly double that if you’re looking to buy a full day pass. There’s even a pay-per-minute option up for grabs as well in case you’re just looking to quickly update your Facebook status or double-check that you updated that out-of-office message in Outlook.
Some data hogging websites will be banned—we’re looking at you YouTube—which is kind of a bummer. However, we’d rather be able to actually utilize the service than just sit as things load forever as the dude in 13A watches cat video after cat video. The rollout has already begun, and if all goes according to plan, around 80 percent of the fleet should be good-to-go by the end of June.