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GoGo service will be offered on select domestic flights starting at under $6

Consumers take connectivity to the internet for granted today. In almost every part of the country people can access the internet on mobile devices and with broadband speeds in homes. While some rural areas lack high-speed connectivity, even the friendly skies are becoming wired for internet connectivity.

Aircell is one of the leading providers of in-flight Internet connectivity and boasts big names like American Airlines as its customers. Aircell's GoGo in-flight connectivity service is also used by Virgin America and other airlines as well.

Today Aircell adds a new airline to its growing list of internet-enabled airlines with the announcement that US Airways is now preparing to offer GoGo in-flight internet access. US Airways will have its GoGo service ready for use in early 2010 and will offer full internet access.

Passengers on its flights will be able to surf the Web, use instant messaging, email, and access corporate VPN networks. The airline will install the GoGo service initially on its A321 aircraft flying select domestic routes. US Airways says that customers will be able to see what planes offer Internet access starting later next year by looking for the Wi-Fi icon when booking.

Pricing for the in-flight service will range from $5.95 to $12.95 depending on the length of the flight and the type of device being used to access the service. It sounds as though the service may be cheaper on mobile phones that on notebooks or netbooks.

"Gogo is for anyone who wants to make plane time their time. Whether you want to stay connected to the office, your family or friends; whether you want to work, play or learn; Gogo is for you. We look forward to working with US Airways to bring the world to its passengers."

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Yay Hulu!
By PrezWeezy on 7/23/2009 2:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully we can Hulu in-flight instead of their anemic movie list...

RE: Yay Hulu!
By HrilL on 7/23/2009 2:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
doubt it. I just don't see them having that kind of bandwidth. Would be awesome but there is no way they can support more than 10 people watching hulu. The 480p uses around 1Mb/s. I doubt the plane will have more than 10Mb/s shared bandwidth. 10Mb/s might even be too optimistic.

RE: Yay Hulu!
By Smartless on 7/23/2009 2:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
For some reason I think of Lewis C.K.

"You're in a chair, IN THE SKY!!!"

RE: Yay Hulu!
By ggordonliddy on 7/26/2009 12:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
...cramped between fat people and in great pain due to limited legroom.

RE: Yay Hulu!
By HrilL on 7/23/2009 2:49:44 PM , Rating: 2
After doing some research I've found out that it is just 3G cellular wireless data signals. Thus the max speed they are offering is 3.5Mb/s with real world speeds around half that. And with a lot of users you can expect things to slow down quite a bit. They also use traffic shaping which will give priority to web sites and lower to bandwidth intensive activities so unless you're the only one using the service you'd probably not have fluid video.

RE: Yay Hulu!
By bhieb on 7/23/2009 5:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
Hope it does not break down though.
Toward the middle.

RE: Yay Hulu!
By MScrip on 7/24/2009 2:46:22 AM , Rating: 2

Add this to the end to go to a specific part of a Youtube clip: #t=1m59s

RE: Yay Hulu!
By tviceman on 7/24/2009 9:54:55 AM , Rating: 2
I took my wife to see him live (loved his HBO show) and God was it was hilarious. This short clip was the theme of his stand up. Louis C.K. is the man!

I am using it now...
By OnceAgain5000 on 7/23/2009 4:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
on the flight from Atlanta to New Orleans. Watching "Spaced" on Hulu now. The Connection is good and the WLAN is reporting 54.0 Mbps. with 100% signal strength.

I can confirm the price, except our flight was delayed in leaving so everyone received a voucher for free use.

RE: I am using it now...
By shoRunner on 7/23/2009 10:40:56 PM , Rating: 3
Well, your connection to the router is at 54Mbps. That doesn't indicate how fast you're actually connected to the internet. You'd need to run a speed test to determine that.

By orgy08 on 7/23/2009 3:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if they are using wireless data like a cell phone, then whats the big deal with just allowing you to use your own phone and tether to your laptop. One cannot be serious in saying electronics screw up the plane, especially during take off or landing. Maybe someone knows something I don't?

BTW, I don't mean allow cell phone use for talking. That should stay banned just because I would hate to spend the flight hearing the person next to me the whole trip.

RE: Well...
By FormulaRedline on 7/23/2009 4:36:42 PM , Rating: 2
Cell phones are not magical devices that pull voices out of the ether. They have to get a signal. You do not get a conventional cell phone signal at 40,000 feet altitude, nor are the cells spaced and calibrated to do hand offs for a vehicle traveling at 0.8 mach.

GoGo owns a national network of its own cell towers with special antennas that are pointed towards the sky. On the other end, the participating aircraft carry specialized receivers on the belly of the plane.

By RjBass on 7/23/2009 4:51:42 PM , Rating: 3
I flew US Airways last Christmas and it was not pleasant. I think before they add high speed internet to their flights they first need to fix up all those seats that were duck tapped together, replace the carpets and fix the bathrooms. I felt more like I was flying on US Ghetto Airways then anything else.

minor type-o....
By tlbj6142 on 7/23/2009 2:43:54 PM , Rating: 1
It sounds as though the service may be cheaper on mobile phones that on notebooks or netbooks

...than on....

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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