Last year, Google stepped up to offer some sweet holiday travel perks by sponsoring free WiFi in airports across the country, and this year, Google Chrome is taking its holiday cheer to the clouds by offering free Gogo in-flight WiFi for Virgin America, Delta, and AirTrans passengers.Starting on Nov. 20, travelers can log in during flights on all Virgin America and AirTrans aircrafts, and over 540 planes in Delta's fleet, to check emails, browse their favorite websites, and of course, send the obligatory "wheels up" tweet from 30,000 feet. The promotion ends on Jan. 2, 2011, but thankfully you still have some on-the-ground web-browsing options to choose from all year-round.
The reason for the discrepancy? Some analysts say cost. It seems you want the WiFi, but you don't want to pay a hefty chunk of change to access it. And I hear you on that one — with some airlines charging up to $15 for a few hours of access, it doesn't really seem worth it if you're only checking your email or surfing blogs. Industry experts say even that small percentage could amount to one-off users who have a coupon or discount, instead of customers who log in flight after flight. Tell me — do you use in-flight WiFi when you travel?
- Lenovo LePhone gets China-only release, but I'm crossing my fingers it makes it to the US — Engadget
- French Orange chief confirms the existence of an Apple Tablet — Gizmodo
- GoGo in-flight wifi gets a speed test, some unfavorable results — GigaOm
- Elle gets its own location-based shopping app — Elle
- Are pico projectors the next big cell phone accessory? — Reuters
- More than half of mobile customers utilized their cell phones to help them shop over the holiday season — Newsvine
One such security measure may mean a ban on the use of electronics during international flights. I assume that the measure is in place to prevent passengers from accessing their carry-on baggage and moving around too much during the flight, though I'm not too sure how this will keep us safer in-flight. I also wonder what the effects of these security changes will mean for services like in-flight WiFi.
What do you think of these rumored changes? How will these new rules affect your upcoming flights?
- To coincide with the launch of Windows 7 on Oct. 22. Sony plans to announce touchscreen Vaios — Gizmodo
- US Airways aircrafts will start getting Gogo in-flight Internet service starting next year — Engadget
- Purchase a Nintendo Wii from GameStop this month and you'll get a free video game — CrunchGear
- Google Maps now has a feature that lets you include multiple searches in one search for directions — TechCrunch
- Good gadget deals of the day — Cult of Mac
- Log in for a chance to win a new Amazon Kindle — geeksugar
You already know that I'm a big fan of Virgin America's in-flight entertainment system, and have been known to tune in to JetBlue's DirectTV programming a time or two. But for a lot of you, an airline's in-flight goodies may not be a reason to book a seat.On a recent flight to LA, I noticed how few people actually use their seat-back TV sets to watch the tube, a movie, or play games, instead choosing to sleep or use their own gadgets to keep them busy.
I found a very handy chart on one of my favorite travel sites the other day that lists how airlines stack up against one another when it comes to entertaining their passengers. I was pretty happy with the results: most airlines are now offering some sort of in-flight WiFi, as well as music and movies via personal viewing sets on the seat backs. So what gives? Are you totally into your favorite airline's in-flight entertainment, or do you completely tune out when flying?
OK, I promised you a full recap about my event-filled Saturday — the flight, the WiFi test drive, and the YouTube Live Event — and here it is! Testing out Virgin America's first WiFi enabled plane with Gogo Inflight Internet among other tech enthusiasts was a rush in itself, but heading to the first official YouTube Live event here in San Francisco was icing on the cake to a spectacular day.
To see how I made out with the Gogo WiFi service during the flight and to see some YouTube Vlogging stars and celebs I ran into at the event, check out my slideshow!
I've got quite the geeky day planned, and I had to share my excitement with guys! First, I'm packing my bags and heading to San Francisco International Airport to board a Virgin America plane — I'm not really going anywhere, per se, but the short flight will be showing off GoGo's new in-flight WiFi! Then afterward, drum roll please — I am hitting up the YouTube Live event!
At SFO, I'll board a Virgin Airlines plane — already my fave airline for its awesome techy features — and test out the in-flight Wifi on a special beta flight.
Afterward, it's off the to the YouTube Live Event, to celebrate YouTube's new webcasting feature, where I'll hopefully rub elbows with Will.i.am and Katy Perry, to name a few! Stay tuned for my recap on how it all turns out!