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JetBlue Launching Free In-Flight WiFi In 2016
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jagibbons
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10/17/2015 | 9:39:20 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Agreed. On a long flight, silence is golden.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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10/17/2015 | 9:38:06 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Unsure about the bandwidth, but from a common courtesy standpoint, using WebEx or Facetime could be pretty rude to your fellow passengers.
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10/17/2015 | 8:13:05 AM
Re: It's about freaking time
I got hit with the checked luggage fee last month on JetBlue which really annoyed me! And from time to time their inflight and/or wifi systems do not work. Fortunately i was on short flights so it did not matter as i could just listen to music or watch videos on my iPhone. While JB's service is far superior to most other domestic airlines, they have to get their electronics together. For international flights i like British Airways. Especially with all my frequent flyer miles!!!
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10/17/2015 | 8:09:06 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Jet Blue is a very good airline. From my experiences with them, their service is superior to many of the larger airlines. Their wifi is free-but you never know if it is going to be available or not. Same with their inflight entertainment. I've been on flights where both did not work. While i got credits from JB, it was somewhat inconvenient.
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10/17/2015 | 8:04:25 AM
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Some airlines (JetBlue I believe for one) already have free wifi. Others do not. While having wifi is a good feature on the surface, the question is how would the performance be if a lot of folks are using it at the same time? I ask this because i have run into problems at hotels with wifi and the performance is spotty at best-especially in Europe. Even worse if you are doing a Webex or Facetime.
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10/17/2015 | 8:00:16 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Sort of reminds me of the Air Phone from the late 90's. The airlines had these phones embedded into the back of a headrest so that people can use them to make calls. The prices were so insanely expensive that the AirPhone's soon disappeared. I think the wifi options will remain because our culture has completely changed from the "old days" but i think the prices will eventually come down.

The one thing i do NOT want to see is allowing cell phone calls on flights. That would be a catasrophe.
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10/16/2015 | 11:00:22 PM
Re: Pretty cool
I can imagine that a lot of people will be very happy with having Wi-Fi on their flight.  I do know whether wifi connectivity will be an important factor that will impact customer choice from one airline to another. I know for business travelers it will be a great feature.  I use delta and I do not mind not having Wi-Fi on a flight.  Would IT professionals choose an airline and be willing to pay extra for Wi-Fi?
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10/16/2015 | 2:01:12 PM
Re: Pretty cool
I second that sentiment. Usually, I prefer to veg a little during flights. The high cost or unavailability of WiFi gives me an excuse to unplug from work. However, sometimes there are things that have to get done and the ability, whether or not I use it, would be appreciated.
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10/16/2015 | 1:54:09 PM
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If nothing else, one thing I would like to see come out of this is that Go Go wifi will have to lower their prices.  Since its inception, the prices have become completely unreasonable to the point where I refused to log on based on principle alone.
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10/16/2015 | 12:53:13 PM
Re: Pretty cool
There's a definite need for strong security and segmentation.

I haven't flown JetBlue, but it sounds like truly free WiFi, unlike some carriers that only give you free WiFi for a very limited set of their own content.
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