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It’s never been a better time to board with fully charged electronic doodads, as carriers have started to start streaming stuff like never before. United is the latest carrier to use WiFi to share much more than just the internet, as now they’re sending programming right to your device.
Things are limited at this point, but United just started testing things out on certain flights to and from Hawaii. They’re working with—or just paying—Panasonic to get things up and running, as the plan is to beam and stream around 150 shows and movies from servers aboard the plane to your tablet, phone, or other thing with a screen.
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Canada Parks is the group behind the new idea, as they’re responsible for keeping the signs looking good and taking out the tourist trash across almost 50 national parks and even more historic sites. Now they’re taking steps to improve the outdoor experience—at least in theory—as they’ll be installing WiFi hotspots across plenty of destinations.
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If you’re looking for access to WiFi on your next journey there’s a new carrier bringing in-flight connectivity to 35,000-feet. Air China just completed a couple test runs of their new travel technology, and it sounds like it may be worth a try from on high.
A pair of flights between spots like Beijing and Chengdu are part of the test, and the connection trials passed with flying colors. Passengers were encouraged to fire up mobile devices and computers, and you can probably guess how the rest of the story goes.
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This is the week, you guys! Our awesome sister site HotelChatter.com has completed yet another (the 10th annual!) info-packed report on hotel WiFi, and all info is laid totally bare, free from flowcharts. If you've ever searched for a hotel and tried to figure out, in the hotel website's fine print, whether or not they charge for WiFi and how much, then this report is for you.
Actually, it's a report for anyone! Do you want to sit in a cozy hotel lobby, drink tea and get some work done? Crash in your room and catch up on your favorite blogs (hint hint)? Head to a hotel with free WiFi that you find on the report. There's even a section on hotel chains that offer MOAR wifi strength, for those times you need the best possible connection for Skype video conferences or Netflix streaming.
Check it all out here:
Checking out a city is always a little easier with the help of WiFi access, least of all to double-check direction in Google Maps. Thankfully Boston agrees, and it has started to flip the switch on city-wide connectivity. City officials have named the network "Wicked Free WiFi".
Up first is the Grove Hall neighborhood, encompassing about one and a half square miles and home to roughly 30,000 residents. This neighborhood was chosen as number one to provide decent speeds to those who might not necessarily be able to afford paying the premium for broadband at home, as city officials clearly recognize a resident's right to social media usage.
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We’ll have to wait a little bit of time, as there’s still some of this and little of that to figure out; however, it looks like Air Canada will start doing the WiFi thing aboard their North American fleet as early as May.
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When Delta merged with, gobbled up, or joined forces with Northwest Airlines, the carrier acquired a whole bunch of Boeing 747s. Slowly but surely things have been upgraded and updated to incorporate new levels of flying fun, and recently one of the final pieces was put into place—in-flight WiFi.
This isn’t just an option in and around the lower 48, as the in-flight WiFi on these 747s in Delta’s fleet are able to stream, download, and surf across continents and oceans. The very first flights were those heading over to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, as flights from both Los Angeles and Atlanta were able to flip the switch to this kind of up in the air connectivity.
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We have become pretty darn accustomed to enjoying in-flight WiFi on plenty of flights to here and there, and in many case we have the folks over at Gogo to thank for the connectivity and convenience. Well as you know things cost money, and now it looks like the WiFi waves might just set you back a few more bucks.
Most of the rates and options are staying the same, but for those frequent flyers that purchase things for months at time—now’s the time to lock in the previous rate. The Traveler Pass is currently being sold for $39.95 per month, and that will get you access to any and all WiFi enabled flights aboard your one preferred airline. The option is valid now through April 13; however, if you wait too long things it sounds like things will jump up by $10 more per month.
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It’s time to stay connected high in the sky with yet another carrier, as this week there’s a buzz around El Al and their plans to install the necessary bits and pieces to support a little in-flight WiFi.
To start things will just be an option on the carrier’s shorter flights in and around Europe, as they are partnering up with the folks over at ViaSat to get things done. Boeing 737s will be the first to be hooked up with Exede in-flight internet, so be sure to fully charge all your electronic gadgets prior to heading off to the airport.
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United might not have been the first one to introduce in-flight WiFi, but they are trying to lead the way with faster speeds and better tray table connectivity. Just the other day they flipped the switch on some of this technology, so your next flight just might be that much better.
The newest United technology kind of takes a page from what JetBlue has been doing, as the bits and pieces of up in the air technology rely on ViaSat-1 satellite stuff. That means way faster speeds, and a lot more in-flight streaming of Netflix and Hulu—at least in theory.
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Even with all the bells, whistles, and other accessories to check out aboard an Airbus A380 there’s always the chance for a little bit of boredom—especially on a long-haul flight. Thankfully Thai Airways is aware of our limited attention span, and they just flipped the switch on their in-flight connectivity.
In-flight WiFi is now an option on some of the carrier’s long distance journeys, as their A380 fleet is now equipped with the ability to access the internet in all its social media glory. Joining the A380s with the new technology are also some of the carrier’s A330 fleet, as the necessary bits and pieces needed for this kind of connectivity should be good-to-go on these planes as well.
Good news for those flying the friendly skies in and around Canada, as it’s time for one of the country’s carriers to add a little in-flight connectivity to its menu of amenities. WestJet is now ready to flip the switch on in-flight WiFi, so be sure your tray table is in the locked position and that your gadgets are fully charged.
Panasonic must have put together a good PowerPoint presentation, as they’re the ones that will bring the wires and transmitters to the WestJet fleet. They will bring the new in-flight entertainment, and their new system will actually also replace the existing seatback screens on plenty of the planes.