Gogo In-Flight Wifi
I had a chance to try out Delta Airlines' Gogo In-flight wifi service a few days ago. All in all, it was a pretty cool but pricey experience. I was enticed because they stated free for the first time. I was still charged 10 bucks for roughly 2.5hrs of use.
-internet access in a pinch
-Disables all VoIP calls - worst tavel fears is a sales guy yapping about reports for 2 hrs.
-No adult website access - nothing like a guy next you checkig out youporn while you'r trying to get a sut eye.
-Allows you switch from one device (iPhone) to another (iPod Touch) but not switch to a laptop.
-Supports Boingo for those that use it.
Somewhat slow service, pretty comparable to reliable 3G connection on the iPhone
Expensive, ~$10 bucks for 2 hrs access
Somewhat unreliable - I noticed that if you run into a situation where the capt. turns on the seatbelt sign...internet drops off
I'm not big on it the serivce, only tried it out to check out the experience. Anyone else checked it out yet?
- 09-23-2009, 09:03 AM #2
I have yet to try it but $10 is not too pricey when you consider it's that or nothing. Other people I have spoken to did not have any issues. As for the issues you had, I'm sure some fine tuning and it will get better just like anything else. When I have the chance I'll give it a try.
- 09-23-2009, 11:34 AM #4
I used GoGo on an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Dallas. I purchased and used it first on my laptop, and it allowed me to use it on my Touch Pro after the laptop died (this was before I got my iPhone). It worked great, and I was impressed with its ease of use and the speed was just what I expected for being 25000 feet in the air. (I agree that its the equivalent of very reliable 3G service. Maybe even DSL like speeds). I played WoW on my laptop for a bit, surfed the web with ease...and on the phone I was able to use Google Maps to follow where I was in the air (which was pretty damn cool, BTW). I then used the phone to access Orb on my home PC and stream Live and recorded TV....it was pretty awesome, and really helped pass the time on the flight. I think I paid 12 bucks for unlimited access throughout the flight. That 12 dollars came with the ability to use it on any device interchangeably (I could switch btween my laptop or any device, as long as I used the same ID I created during setup). I did notice they offered a 7 dollar unlimited access option as well, but this would only work for a mobile device like an iPhone/pod or my Touch Pro.
Either way, I enjoyed it, and was happy to pay the 12 bucks for the ability to do something during the flight LOL. The flight was about 4 1/2 hours, so I believe its worth it.
FWIW, I did not experience any outage when the captain put the seatbelt sign on....the service only stopped when we were on approach to land.
Edit: Just as an FYI for anyone hoping to fool the system and let a friend or family member use their ID as well....it will only allow one device at a time. I gave my ID to my friend...when he tried to use it on his phone...it knocked me off and gave the access over to him. We tried this multiple times...it always gave the service to the newest device logging in.
Last edited by DaPeeps; 09-23-2009 at 11:38 AM.
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- 09-26-2009, 06:01 PM #8
I was on a Southwest flight from Providence to Baltimore last week that had wifi. Southwest even emailed me the day before to say the flight would have wifi for a small fee, they are still testing and it's only on a small number of their planes. I was happy to see it was only $2 for the ~1hr 20 min flight. It worked pretty well with my iPhone, no drop outs and good speed, and getting connected through Safari was super easy. Another cool thing was in Safari while browsing at the top of the screen it kept a flight info bar with the current speed, altitude, and time remaining on the flight. Apps also had no problem connecting. It was pretty cool.
Years ago when I went back backing through Europe the Luftansa flight we took over there had free wifi. But this was before the iPhone and I only had my iPod and unlocked Razr with me.
Last edited by sting7k; 09-26-2009 at 06:05 PM.