The Ultimate Managed Service: Inflight WiFi Is Here
Greetings from 35,000 feet. I’m blogging live during my flight from Los Angeles to New York. The American Airlines flight features Go Go Inflight WiFi service. For better or for worse, inflight WiFi service is a game changer for road warriors. Here are the details.
Go Go Inflight costs $12.95 for an inflight WiFi broadband connection. I’ve only been using the service for about 10 minutes. But my initial reaction: This is a fantastic service and the broadband connection seems to be faster than many of the hotel WiFi services I’ve used in recent months.
Still, I have plenty of questions:
- Will the WiFi speeds slow down as more people on this flight activate their respective Internet connections?
- Will the WiFi connection to the outside world drop off from time to time because of bad weather, airplane velocity and other issues? We’ve all experienced dropped TV connections on JetBlue flights. I wonder if the same will occur with in-flight WiFi?
- Will businesses expect their traveling employees to work, work, work as in-flight WiFi becomes widely available?
- Who’s going to troubleshoot the service if it goes dark? Does Go Go Internet monitor its inflight systems to ensure network failures (if they occur) are quickly corrected?
Generally speaking, I sleep on flights because I rarely stop working when I’m on the ground. But today, I’ll make an exception. The Go Go Inflight service demanded my attention. Despite my concerns above, I’m pleased to say the following:
- Signing up for the service was simple. My MacBook Pro quickly discovered the Go Go Inflight WiFi signal, and it took me less than five minutes to sign up for an account and activate the service.
- Did I mention the signal is strong and the broadband connection is fast?
Road warriors rejoice (or revolt): You inflight WiFi signal awaits you.