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November 16, 2012

Gogo Inflight Internet Picking up Speed

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

The days of long, boring flights are over. No longer is the single movie shown to everyone on a few monitors around the plane. Now, Gogo is bringing inflight Wi-Fi into the friendly skies.

Having the ability to access the Internet allows passengers the freedom to browse the Web for entertainment, but it also offers the business traveler the chance of being more product while they are trapped on a plane for a few hours. The biggest problems passengers are having with their new source of entertainment is the speed at which the Internet comes to them.

Gogo has heard the cries of passengers everywhere, and they are bringing a 9.8 Mbps internet connection to the masses on board. This is an immense improvement, as the current speed of the internet is 3.1 Mbps.

The old ATG (News - Alert)-3 system could not keep up with the demand of the passengers. The internet was slow enough on its own, but when a flight is full, the more users meant the slower the speed. With the new ATG-4, internet experience should be much better, as websites should run fine on full flights, but being able to use video streaming may still be next-to-impossible to achieve.

Gogo launched inflight Internet in 2008, and currently, there are more than 1,500 aircrafts capable of internet connection over the United States. Those aircrafts are split amongst: Air Canada, AirTran, Aloha Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America.

A passenger goes on to the website and creates an account, and they are practically done. All that is left to do is to pay for the services. An All Day Pass is a 24-hour pass that is good on all partner airlines for only $14.95. For the frequent travelers, they have two packages. The first is the Gogo Unlimited Pass for $39.95, which has an automatic renewal feature and is good on any Gogo equipped flight, regardless of which partner airline. The third option is the Traveler Pass, which is similar to the Gogo Unlimited Pass except it is only valid on the airline that you specify.

Thanks to Gogo, travelers will be able to start enjoy seamless connection in the skies in the near future.

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