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Jul 29 2009   12:40PM GMT

Inflight Internet Access – wifi on your airplane

David Davis David Davis Profile: David Davis

I am writing this while flying on an airplane. How is that possible? I am using the new American Airlines inflight wifi and I wanted to offer up a little information on it in bullet form:

  • First off – it’s FAST! IFor regular web browsing and sending email, it seems just as fast as my home cable modem (although I have not done any speed tests)
  • It costs $9.99 plus tax PER FLIGHT. That means that if you are connecting to a different flight that same day or returning home tomorrow on a different flight you will have to pay another $9.99 plus tax
  • The service is called GoGo (pronounced GO-GO, not “goo-goo” like a baby says) and the official website for it is GoGoInflight.com
  • They ask that you not use services like VoIP or streaming video although I have doubts that they are doing anything to stop this right now. Next time maybe I will try downloading Windows 7 and watching a Netflix streaming video at the same time (ha-ha)

So, the next time you are on an American Airlines flight, look for the WiFi signs and try it out for yourself!

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