Originally Posted by DanDanDan
I'm sitting here on a plane catching up with some work and it occurs to me that the internet connection at a decent speed only cost be $8 for the entire duration of the flight.
Has anyone looked into the possibility of getting a service like this while at sea? This company is GoGo, but there may be others. Seems like if it works on a long haul flight it should work at sea. Depending on the satellite coverage I would imagine.
I can certainly google
it, but the fasten seatbelt light will be coming on in just a minute so I though I'd see if anyone has explored the idea.
Just flew United TransPac. They are piloting "United WiFi"
It appears they hope to eventually get rid of the cabin
entertainment systems. The email
they sent in advance said to download the latest United App for iPad
and log in on the flight with your iPad.
Movies and TV shows were basically local in cabin WiFi
with the media stored on-board - not a great selection BTW. SFO to TYO there was email
and basic browsing but no off aircraft streaming (i.e. broadband
internet). TYO-SIN I could log in to the home page (watch this space splash screen) but the WiFi was inop or not installed yet in the aircraft.
There was also Direct TV but I didn't try it over water. I suspect as someone said above streaming TV works over land based networks. Probably not TransPac.
The pilot program is free but the website is set up to charge $19 per flight (probably or perhaps per day if multiple flights).
I streamed a movie
on the cabin WiFi and had several pixellation and sound drop outs and one crash/reboot. I usually load up my iPad for flights and based on the performance and content I won't be changing my strategy any time soon.
Satellite internet is coming but it is slow and expensive at present. Reasonably priced broadband
is probably a few years away if ever...