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Delta announces Gogo Wi-Fi on all domestic flights

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Tue August 5, 2008

Delta offers Gogo Wi-Fi

Delta Air Lines announced on Tuesday it will offer broadband Wi-Fi access on all domestic flights in 2009, equipping over 330 airplanes with the ability to access the Aircell-created Gogo network. The service will allow data transfer speeds of more than 12Mbps, and will be offered in both first and economy classes. It will give Delta the distinction of being the first and only US airline to offer in-flight Wi-Fi on all domestic flights.

Gogo will enable travelers to access the Internet, e-mail accounts, log onto wireless networks and send out SMS and instant messages from their Wi-Fi-equipped laptops, smartphones and PDA devices. Testing is already under way of a faster 4G data network access by the end of 2009, allowing speeds as high as 300Mbps, Aircell claims.

The service launches this fall on 133 planes before expanding to the rest of the fleet during the first half of 2009, and will cost nearly $10 on flights that are less than three hours long, or about $13 on longer flights.



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  1. ebeyer

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    really?

    I'll be sure to look into that the next time I book a domectic flight.

    Seriously - you guys have spell check, right?

  1. jameshays

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    Flight Change

    For many business trips, this is a solid reason to spend extra money on flights. Air travel is relatively cheap and this just puts Delta one step above for Domestic travel. Now, if only they were on time and had friendly service...

  1. wymer100

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    Kind of cheap....

    in comparison to other things they charge for during flights. I was on US Air a while back and they charged $5 for headphones or a snack pack. I wonder if you have to pay twice if you need to make a connecting flight, probably yes considering it's the airlines.

  1. MeandmyMac

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    I bet...

    the airlines will take filling up the fuel tank of your car or truck any day of the week versus what they are paying out the nose for fuel these days to fill up a planes fuel tank while still trying to offer flexible pricing trying to beat out their competitors. Those $10.00 / $13.00 rates, I wonder how long that will last before they go up?

  1. Guest

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    Oh no. New problem.

    How do you enable WiFi on your iPhone without turning on the cellphone radio? As far as I know, you can't do it.

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