Whenever we are up in the skies on a plane, there is very little to do but sleep or enjoy the limited multimedia content available there or on our PMPs. The flights can be boring for the common traveler and I can't imagine what a non-productive nightmare-long flight must be for the businessmen and businesswomen of today. Well, not anymore, especially for those that are using US Airways to get from A to B via airplane, as the company has announced their new Gogo Inflight Internet
product, which will provide wireless connectivity to US Airways users. Aircell's Gogo internet service will be available on five of the company's Airbus A321 aircrafts.
“We are pleased to announce US Airways' deployment of Gogo, and we look forward to providing US Airways with in flight Internet access to enhance their customers' travel experience," said Michael Small, Aircell’s president and chief executive officer. "The ability to remain connected to the ground at 30,000 feet provides a significant improvement to the airline travel experience. As travelers throughout the country come to expect in flight Internet
service, we are thrilled to be able to deliver this experience to US Airways and their passengers."
The even better news is that by the first day of June, all 51 of US Airways' airplanes will have Gogo Inflight Internet aboard, thus everybody flying with the American company will have access to the internet,
from their laptops or smartphones. Until June, look for the Wi-Fi symbol on the exterior of the plane you are flying with in order to know whether you will have internet access. Whenever booking a flight on the internet, you will also be able to know whether that particular aircraft is Gogo-equipped. Or you can wait until you get to 10,000 feet when the flight attendants will make announcements to let passengers know that they can turn on their wireless-capable devices.
On the plane, you will have to create an account as soon as you open your browser. The internet sessions will be paid with a “major credit card,” but if you are a first time Gogo Inflight user, the first session will be free. If you want to stay online for more than three hours, the cost for netbook internet access is $12.95 and for a mobile device, $7.95. For a wireless connection outside the contiguous 48 U.S. states, the price for mobile connectivity is the same, while from a netbook, it is a little cheaper, at $9.95. You will not be able to use the internet if 100 miles outside the U.S. mainland border, though.
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