Imagine… if during a long flight you could talk, chat, and send photos to all your friends and family for free?
Well “Airline technology consultant Michael Planey thinks Airline companies will be offering free Wi-Fi as early as mid-2011″!
This means that with your Nimbuzz account, you could stay connected with your friends from Facebook, MSN, AIM, Gchat, Yahoo and more, during a 12, 13, 14 hours flight absolutely free. Yay!
Already today 1 out of 3 US planes is equipped with Wi-Fi.
Travelers are currently paying $5 or more to use the wireless Internet service offered by airline companies. Check graph below!
|Airline||Wi-Fi status||Laptop Price|
|Air Canada||Limited A319 aircraft||$9.95 (US)|
|AirTran||All flights||$4.95 – $12.95|
|Alaska Airlines||Select flights; full fleet by end of year||free through 7/31|
|American Airlines||“All 767-200s, select MD80s, soon on 737s”|
|Delta Air Lines||More than 500 aircraft||$4.95 – $12.95|
|JetBlue||BetaBlue test of limited access||free|
|Southwest||6 planes||testing prices of $2-$12 per segment|
|United Airlines||13 planes on transcontinental flights|
|US Airways||Select A321s||$4.95 – $12.95|
|Virgin America||All flights||$4.95 – $12.95|
For this service to become free, Airlines would still have to cover the cost, or find another way to compensate those $5 dollars.
Michael Planey predicts:
- Getting big companies like Google or Verizon to sponsor free Internet service. Those providers would make money through advertisements.
- Pay for some part of the service themselves and then use it to cut costs. For example, a flight attendant could use the inflight Wi-Fi to connect with reservations at the terminal and make new arrangements for passengers who missed a connecting flight.
- Airlines could arrange ways to get a commission when travelers buy things online. Via Cellular News
So what do you think? Is it time to get some Free Internet up in the skies? Let us know, we would love to hear from you!
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via Computer World