Aug 16

WiFi in the Sky

Connecting to the internet while on an airplane is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. Although Virgin America Airlines has provided this service since they began flying in the United States, I don’t live near any of the cities to which they fly! But today, after a “parked on the runway for 2 1/2 hours at O’Hare International delay,” due to inclement weather, I had the opportunity to give an in-flight internet offering called Gogo, a service of AirCell, a test run.gogo_logo

The service costs $9.95 for the duration of the flight. Considering today’s flight segment is just from Chicago to Boston, that’s a very expensive network connection for a 2 1/2 hour flight. But you only live once, right?

The second thought I had after paying for the service was, “How fast is this connection going to be? So before using the service for anything that I “needed” to do, I browsed to DSLReports.Com to run my favorite flash-based speed test. Wow, it is much faster than I expected. In fact, it is nearly as fast as my office DSL service by AT&T. As you can see from the speed report, download speed was greater than 2 megabits per second and upload speed was over 400 kilobits per second. Not too shabby, eh?gogo in-flight internet 08-16-09 4-26 PM scaled

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