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Batter Up! JetBlue Now Streaming Live Baseball Games

July 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

Baseball fans, rejoice! You'll no longer need to wait with bated breath for the plane to land to find out how the big game goes. Thanks to JetBlue, Major League Baseball will now be available to stream — even while cruising at 35,000-feet.

USA Today shares the news that JetBlue flyers will now have free access to MLB.TV — which airs live games — via MLB’s "At Bat" mobile app. MLB.TV requires a subscription on the ground, but access will be complimentary when flying aboard JetBlue. So if you have a laptop, smartphone or tablet, you're just a couple clicks (or taps) away from tuning in. It goes without saying that WiFi is needed, but 90% of JetBlue's Airbus planes are equipped with WiFi, with the rest to be equipped by September, reports USA Today. (JetBlue's Embraer E190 planes will get it in 2016.)

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Virgin America's In-Flight Wi-Fi Gets a Tenfold Speed Bump

July 15, 2015 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

Great news for travelers aboard Virgin America: The carrier has given the go-ahead to introduce better, faster, stronger Wi-Fi throughout the cabin. Now your emails and sites will load speedier than ever — and even more importantly, the bandwidth will now allow for you to stream video from 35,000-feet.

The airline is updating around ten Airbus A320s through a partnership with ViaSat, a provider of satellite broadband. According to Fortune, the upgrade will rely on "the use of ViaSat-1, a high capacity Ka-band satellite service that offers speeds of up to 140 gigabits-per-second, [which] could make Virgin’s Wi-Fi eight to ten times faster than your garden variety inflight networks." (Virgin America seems to take pride in its in-flight Wi-Fi access; they're still the only carrier providing access on each and every flights.)

When will the enhanced speeds hit the seats? Expect faster Wi-Fi service to go live as soon as September. Let the YouTube cat videos commence!

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Wi-Fi Addicts, Stay Sane in Spain: Free Airport Service Is Coming Mostly Everywhere Soon

Where: Spain
May 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Good news, if you're looking to save some digital dollars — or is that, electronic euros? — during your next trip to Spain. Soon you won't be paying anything at all to access airport Wi-Fi.

According to an article over at Salon, Spain's airport authority is about to flip the switch on for free Wi-Fi. By the end of 2015, they'll grant the magic of free and unlimited Wi-Fi at 46 airports across the country.

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JetBlue Teams Up With Amazon For More In-Flight Streaming

May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Just last month we were celebrating the greatness that is JetBlue and their version of in-flight WiFi — or as they like to call it, Fly-Fi. The basic Fly-Fi plans are free, and it seems like that’s going to continue for the forseeable future. But what if you’re looking for a little more bandwidth? Like, say, enough to catch up on a little television?

According to Yahoo Finance, JetBlue has you covered through a new partnership with Amazon. Amazon Prime subscribers will now have free access to Amazon Prime's library of TV shows, movies and other videos. Subscribers won't have to pay for the premium Fly-Fi Plus service that is typically required for streaming vids. (They'll also have access to Amazon's music streaming service, e-books, apps and more.) JetBlue is already known for their complimentary access to plenty of live television channels, but seriously — when it comes to in-flight entertainment, the more the merrier, right?!

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JetBlue Keeps Fly-Fi Free for the Future

April 14, 2015 at 9:49 AM | by | ()

What were you doing on December 11, 2013? We remember what we were up to, which was being in flight over Cape Cod, testing out JetBlue's latest onboard amenity: in-flight WiFi, or, as JetBlue calls it, "Fly-Fi."

Since that day, the airline has worked to install the high-speed, Ka-band system on more and more of their airplanes and, as of this month, celebrated their 100th Fly-Fi-equipped A320. Wandering Aramean reports that all A321s are connected, all A320s should be finished soon, and even the Embraer 190s are due to be online in 2016.

What's even more remarkable than this speedy work is the fact JetBlue has continued to offer the basic Fly-Fi access for free, even though they initially stated it'd be free for at least the first six months.

The latest news is that this commitment to complimentary onboard connectivity is continuing. You get free in-flight Fly-Fi! And you get free in-flight Fly-Fi!

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Finnair Going All In With €30 Million WiFi Investment

Where: Finland
March 31, 2015 at 9:11 AM | by | ()

Excited about going to Finland, but anxious about the social media disconnect during travel? Not a problem if you’re traveling aboard Finnair, as they are putting the pieces in place to ensure that WiFi is an option across their entire fleet.

Just don’t assume your next flight will have the up in the air connectivity, as initial reports sound like it’s going to take a little bit of time. Up first is the brandy new Airbus A350 which is scheduled to start doing its thing later this year. Eventually the A330s in the hangar will get the wires and transmitters, as well as some of the carrier’s short-haul airplanes—expect this at some point in 2016.

All in all we can expect the majority of Finnair’s planes to be doing the WiFi thing during 2018. When asked about the technology or provider behind the travel technology no real details were revealed, as apparently it’s still a little too early for that kind of info. We’ll keep you posted as to when they finally flip the switch, and of course when that first Finnair Airbus A350 takes to the skies.

[Photo: Finnair/Facebook]

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United Begins To Flip The Switch On Regional Jet WiFi

January 14, 2015 at 10:24 AM | by | ()

Wow—it’s been years and years since United first put WiFi on a muthafunking plane, but now that it's 2015, United is finally set to offer WiFI on their regional jet fleet. The cramped legroom and claustrophobic conditions will feel less so, as you’ll be tweeting, streaming, and posting from here to there.

Aircraft like the E170, E175, and CRJ700 will be heading into the hangar, as Gogo InFlight’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground is to be installed, hopefully by summer. Not only can travelers expect the usual WiFi offerings, but these planes—thankfully—will also score a slice of what United calls their “Personal Device Entertainment” giving access to movies, television, and other goodies right from your own mobile screen.

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New Technology Means Cruise Ships Finally Offer Affordable Onboard WiFi

December 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

So maybe you've heard that there's a new WiFi scene on the high seas. Updated technology is finally allowing cruisers to log on from the Lido deck, and Royal Caribbean is the first big line to unleash the action.

Royal Caribbean's CEO insisted that the WiFi be available for free to everyone onboard the November pre-inaugural cruises of their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, but RCCL has now nailed down solid numbers on how much they'll charge for the service.

The RoyalCaribbeanBlog noted WiFi rates and packages from the ship's frequent 8-day Caribbean sailings out of New York City and although the rates do hit three digits for the larger unlimited packages, they still represent massive savings over the exorbitant standard pricing of older systems.

The majority of cruise ships still utilize older systems, charging $0.75 per minute or offering packages like 8 hours for $168. These prices now decrease to as low as $65 for an entire day, and gone is that medieval by-minute option.

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Cruise Ship WiFi Sails Out of the Dark Ages: An Interview with Royal Caribbean's CIO

December 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM | by | ()

"This changes everything."

That's the boasty slogan of ads on TV commercials and even plastered on bus shelters around NYC, referring to the newest cruise ship now sailing: Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas.

The Quantum calls itself a "Smartship," deploying fresh technology from bow to stern—in some cases, technology that's never before been seen on a cruise ship, including at-sea WiFi faster than the usual slower-than-stalagmites connection and dedicated apps to help plan your cruise time in real-time.

Between riding the North Star and peeking into multi-level suites, we managed a moment with Bill Martin, Chief Information Officer for Royal Caribbean to discuss faster speeds, better satellites, and what all this means for the bottom line of your cruise folio:

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Log On for Free Gogo and Boingo WiFi This Wednesday

November 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | ()

You are a little braver—and maybe daring—than we are, as for the most part we will be staying put during the madness that is the Thanksgiving travel week. However, if you’re planning to be on the move this week there’s a few travel tech goodies that might just help the journey go that much more smoothly—or at least a little better.

The folks over at Verizon are getting into the holiday season, and by doing so they are giving away some stuff. It’s all part of a new holiday that they have basically made up, as apparently now the day before Thanksgiving will be known as Connection Day.

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How Much Does In-Flight and On-Track WiFi Cost These Days?

October 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM | by | ()

Did you know that today, October 29, is National Cat Day? Well it's also International Internet Day, which is a perfect coincidence if we don't say so ourselves. On this day in 1969, the first electronic message was sent over ARPANET. It's this network that developed into the internet we know and use today, no matter where we are traveling in the world.

It was Gogo who reminded us of this fact via an Instagram, and it got us thinking. What are today's prices for the miracle of WiFi connectivity, when we aren't sitting on the couch but on the move?

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Short Flights on Small Planes Won't Be Left Off United's In-Flight WiFi Plan

October 17, 2014 at 8:46 AM | by | ()

Good news for United flyers, as the airline is bringing its WiFi capabilities to even more planes. Now the cramped legroom and narrow cabins of all those United Express regional jets will be slightly improved, since they're next to have the switch flipped on in-flight WiFi.

Installations will start sooner rather than later, and the fleet is expected to be finished at some point next summer. All in all they’re looking to install the wires, cables, and antennas on over 200 planes. WiFi of course will be a great option, but the up in the air connectivity should also work for their snazzy streaming service too—check out our thoughts on that.

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