Google Supplies Free Wi-Fi on Planes

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If you plan to do any holiday travel this season, it will be a bit more enjoyable as Google is providing free Internet on available flights. For social media addicts this is wonderful news!


Google Chrome has teamed up with AirTran AirwaysDelta, and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011. These participating airlines have outfitted their entire domestic fleet with Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi.

Smartly, Google requests an e-mail address to access the free Wi-Fi.  The good news though is that you have to check a box (opt-in) to receive promotional e-mails. So, unless you check this box, you will not receive unsolicited e-mail.  Last holiday season Google successfully supplied Internet access at select airports.

I’m actually using Google Chrome (browser) while typing this on my Delta flight. I tested video Skype from this, but it didn’t work well. My guess is that if video Skype does work well on flights that authorities will quickly shut this off as I’d imagine it’s some form of security breach.  Also, I can imagine it would be quite annoying for other passengers and the drain on the bandwidth would make others surfing experience less than optimal.  Enjoy the holiday season in the friendly skies. Written by Erik Qualman

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