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Internet-On-A-Plane: Strap in for In-Flight Nirvana (or Hell)
12.11.2007
Perhaps you're the type to mourn the loss of the very LAST place in the world you could be honestly dis-connected -- the airplane -- but we're certainly not.




Hallelujah!

Today, Jet Blue began testing a plane equipped with a wireless network and Yahoo and Blackberry email. Says CNET:


Passengers won't be able to surf the full Web. But if they bring Wi-Fi-equipped laptops along, they can access lightweight versions of Yahoo e-mail and instant messaging services; BlackBerry owners who have Wi-Fi-enabled handsets (the BlackBerry 8820 and BlackBerry Curve 8320) will be able to access their personal and corporate e-mail. BlackBerry models that have only cellular connections rather than Wi-Fi won't be compatible--the Federal Communications Commission still has a ban on cellular service in-flight.


Not sure why the airlines would limit access in such an odd way, and I doubt that will last.

Pricing is a question, but $10 seems about right and hard to turn down.

If you don't want to get online mid-flight, know that the same spectrum used to offer Net access can also be used to deliver in-flight entertainment, including quite possibly live programming.

Not missing a football game in-air? Now *that's* an advance worth noting.

This is all in the early stages, even the airlines admit, but it's hard to see in-flight broadband access not taking off:

“I think 2008 is the year when we will finally start to see in-flight Internet access become available, but I suspect the rollout domestically will take place in a very measured way,” Henry Harteveldt, an analyst with Forrester Research told News.com. But “in a few years time, if you get on a flight that doesn’t have Internet access, it will be like walking into a hotel room that doesn’t have TV.”

What do you think? Ready to go online on your next flight?


Posted By Rich Karpinski at 12:43 AM
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1. Sam: Wrote on 10/20/20 at 8:20 AM
I beg to differ my friend!

I hang out with all my mommy and daddy friends and we talk about their kids, their daycare, their speech progress and potty training. Well, it's amusing for the first 1 or 2 hours.

After that, they all go silent. They have nothing else to talk about, other than the last time their child was awefully sick and threw up all over the new sofa, or how their breasts hurt when they breasfeed or the stretch marks that makes them feel like they never want to go to the beach!

Then I go on talkign about today's paper, world news, stocks, new books that just came out, my new volunteer work, a conference that I will be attending in NY, and the fabulous restaurant that I just discovered somewhere.

Sure having a baby is adorable, and one day you (or I) will have one. But All I can think of is that "it is so tough". When we hang out, they are the ones left feeling sad and envious, not me.

You know why? Because I still have to time to enjoy mommyhood for another (at least) 10 years. But after having kids, who really ever gets a chance to travel (even for work), change career or find a better job, read new books or go to the gym freely anytime? Unless you have a personal chef, chofer and two nannies!

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