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Happy holidays from the folks over at Gogo, as it’s time once again to offer up some holiday savings on your in-flight connectivity needs. After all, you will need to check in on your way home for Thanksgiving this week, maybe to see if you need to stop at Costco for that oversized pumpkin pie—all at 35,000-feet of course.
The Gogo Holiday Jetpacks are available in three flavors, and each comes with a cute name and an equally adorable little logo. Up first is the Gogo Turkey 2-Pack. This is available between November 17 and November 25, and for $14.50 you’ll score access to two all-day passes redeemable on any Gogo equipped flights.
Gogo Vision, that’s their in-flight video streaming shenanigans, will be making an appearance across Delta’s WiFi-enabled fleet—which is practically all of their planes. Delta is going to get hard at work later this year, as it upgrades and updates things across the domestic fleet with a hope of logging on as soon as next year. After that they’ll turn their attention over to the international planes, but that’s going to take a little bit longer. Even with an expedited schedule, it sounds like you won’t be utilizing Gogo Vision across the Atlantic or the Pacific until like 2015.
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Passengers flying back and forth on Virgin Australia will now have more options when it comes to a littleor a lotof in-flight entertainment. The airline has launched a new media system that gives passengers the ability to watch hours of TV and movies, delivered to a Samsung Galaxy tablet via wifi.
We talked about the new technology coming out of Australia's airlines and the battle for the best. First, Qantas' Q-Streaming hit the skies and, now, Virgin has their version that will begin testing next month, with tablets handed out for in-flight use.
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Holy smokes it's been far too long since we last had anything to say about JetBlue's efforts to bring precious, precious in-flight WiFi to their fleet. It was April 2011 when the airline boasted that they were pouring $30 million into the project to make their WiFi "the industry's best inflight broadband for commercial aviation," and October 2011 when they launched the satellite.
Then...silence. Until this week.
Don't get too excited; internet isn't onboard yet. Or do get excited, since we finally have a general date for the beginning of service: early 2013. The news comes direct from Robin Hayes, JetBlue's Chief Commercial Officer, who was probably pretty thrilled to let the fact slip at the low-cost carrier conference in London. But waitthat's not even the cool part!
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Huzzah—that’s what would be saying if Google was truly getting into the WiFi business, but for now we’ll just settle with the fact that they’re teaming up with Boingo. They’re partnering up to offer up around 4,000 WiFi hotspots for free, and thankfully that includes plenty of locations that do their thing at the airport.
Technically Google Play—the go to spot to buy Android apps—is sponsoring this latest giveaway, so unfortunately you’re out of luck if you’re looking to connect with your iPhone.
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It seems like the smaller regional airports love providing their travelers with free WiFi, but unfortunately we find that the larger cities and hubs just aren’t down with the complimentary internet access. Recently we heard that access at Chicago’s airports was getting a little more affordable—although not free—and now it looks like the cheap connectivity is spreading to a couple more airports.
Obviously the airport in Los Angeles handles plenty of planes and people, and thankfully they’re now adding free WiFi to their list of offerings. Unfortunately there’s kind of a catch, so it’s not as simple as just logging on and streaming Netflix and Hulu for hours and hours. The new WiFi will be yours to enjoy for about 45 minutes.
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You heard it here first in April and now, after five months of testing and tooling, A340s and select A380s and 777-300ERs will be able to log on in the air, no matter where that happens to be (with the exception of on the runway and under 10,000'). This includes the A340s that operate what's known as the world's longest non-stop commercial flight, Newark to Singapore.
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From maple leaves and Mounties to all those Tim Hortons with free WiFi—it’s clear that Canada pretty much has it all. However, it’s going to get a little bit better in the next year or so, as Gogo is set to invade Canadian airspace with their high-speed, high-altitude internet access.
Just the other day Industry Canada issued Gogo the needed license for the country’s air-to-ground radio frequency spectrum, which will allow Gogo to provide their in-flight magic to plenty of passengers traveling the friendly skies to, through, and above Canada.
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Ugh—we love us some free airport WiFi, but unfortunately there’s still plenty of places where we’re asked for our credit card digits in exchange for some access. One of these locations is Chicago, as the airports of the Windy City, both O'Hare and Midway, aren’t yet down with the complimentary WiFi scene. Thankfully things are getting a little bit better—at least for a bit—but it’s still not going to be free of charge.
Google is coming to the rescue, throwing down some cash—probably in exchange for some advertising—to bring cheaper WiFi access to data hungry travelers and passengers. The price is being cut in half for a 24-hour period, with the rates dropping from around $6.95 to just $3.48. The discount will be available to users after watching a 30-second commercial, so just be prepared for a little distraction before getting down to business.
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We admit to being a tad hard on Boingo sometimes, but it's just that free WiFi puts a big smile on our face. Still, any WiFi access gets at least a satisfied smirk, and Boingo continues to evolve.
Boingo hasn’t exactly stated that they’ll be offering up free WiFi anytime soon, but they have gobbled up another tech company that makes us wonder about the future. Cloud 9 Media makes cash by enabling free WiFi access in exchange for advertising, and now they’ve joined the Boingo family.
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Your carrier’s data plan just breathed a sigh of relief—as did your wallet—as one of the country’s favorite tourist attractions just announced the launch of free-for-all WiFi. Mickey and Goofy have been doing their best to hook up the right wires and transmitters, and now it’s all systems go for free WiFi at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
You’ll need to agree to the park’s terms of service, but after you click the necessary boxes you should be free to surf the internet from the line of Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean. Initial reports indicated that speeds weren’t super fast, but when it’s offered gratis we can’t really complain. It sounds like you’ll want to fire up your favorite mobile device and look for the "Disney-Guest" network.
We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve bopped on into a McDonald’s or Starbucks just to steal the WiFi signal for a couple of minutes while traveling. Shockingly we’ve even done so without picking up a small order of fries or a tall coffee, but we think our lifetime purchase total allows us to get a freebie once in a while. Anyway, those two locations are just a couple of our favorites when it comes to logging on within the nifty fifty, but now it looks like Canada is upgrading one of its national treasures into a giant WiFi hotspot.
Tim Hortons is Canada’s top spot to pick up a cup of coffee, a maple donut, a breakfast sandwich, and of course plenty of Timbits. There’s plenty of locations of the coffee shop within the United States as well—mostly within the Northeast—but Canada is where Tim Hortons is king.
There once was a time when the restaurant encouraged visitors to do their thing and move along, but now the addition of free WiFi will encourage visitors to linger just a little bit longer.