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Riding on an airplane is the fastest way we currently have to get from one place to another, but boarding one is also one of the quickest ways to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. Not all flights provide Wi-Fi access, and connections are often slow on those that do. Thankfully, Gogo is working to speed up airborne Wi-Fi connections, according to the Wall Street Journal, and Virgin America has already signed up to give its new service a go. The company plans to introduce Gogo's service on its 53 planes starting in the second half of next year. Things have come a long way since American Airlines flew the first Gogo-equipped commercial flight back in 2008

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Gogo is promising that their new inflight Wi-Fi will reach speeds six times faster than its current best offering by using a combination of satellites and cellular towers. It should offer speeds of 60 megabits per second to each plane. Speeds tend to degrade as more people hop onto the network, taking what sounds like a fast connection and slowing it down to a crawl. Gogo hopes to alleviate this problem.

As should be expected, Gogo isn't alone in the race to speed up airline internet access. JetBlue plans to introduce a new service bumping up Wi-Fi speeds to 12 mbps. This service will land on every plane in the company's fleet by the end of 2015. United wants to add Wi-Fi to 200 of its 700 aircraft by the end of this year, and it also wishes to be fully-equipped by the end of 2015. The way things are going, expecting internet access on a flight may soon no longer be a luxury - and the connection you end up with may actually be worth using.

Via: The Wall Street Journal

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • GP

    Hopefully it won't be 6x pricier too.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      first company to offer free wifi will get a flood of business

  • Jdban

    I misread as "Google" and was disappointed when I saw my mistake :P

    • John O’Connor

      I'm just happy they are realizing it (the slow wifi) is a problem.

      I still have 6 free gogo inflight passes for my Pixel, it would certainly be nice if the connection would be a little more usable before I need to start paying for passes again.

  • gierso

    istead of 6 times faster it should be 4 times cheaper at least :P

    • Matthew Fry

      It's not so bad if you're flying intercontinental. 14 bucks for 24 hours worth. I'll probably get it for my flight to New Zealand.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        they should offer it based on a fair market value per hour. 14 bucks for 24 hours or 1 dollar an hour. I would buy it for 1 dollar an hour for sure and i am cheap

    • Paul

      Were in CA this month, flight took about 12 hours. They wanted 4 bucks from me, for one hour.
      Sorry, 4 bucks maybe per flight, but not an hour. I wouldn't want to pay for a full day either when i'm only a half on a plane.
      Just because some wealthy people pay anything doesn't mean the prices are acceptable for the average Joe.

  • ynksbsbll2

    Virgin America also has gorgeous flight attendants

    • Matthew Fry

      That is... completely unrelated.

      • ynksbsbll2

        Is it though?

        • Matthew Fry

          They're there to make up for Richard Branson.

    • John O’Connor

      I know a few. ;-)

    • jesuguru

      Now to be known as "Go-Go Stewardesses" as a promotional tie-in.

  • Matthew Fry

    How do they use cellular towers without messing up the plane? It's almost as if there's absolutely nothing to their claims about electronic signals.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      there isn't ^^ also they are using satellite most likely

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        Oh god, the ping. The horrible, horrible ping.

        • HopelesslyFaithful

          it is probably ~150-250ms.....that isn't ideal but more than usable. You can even play online with that ping. I did it for years and kicked some ass.

  • 8Charlie

    "Riding on airplane"? Weird choice of words...

  • BakedR

    it would be nice if they made it a little more affordable to