Review: GoGo In-flight Wireless – Pandora Streaming & Even UMA Calling in the Sky

gogo-wifi-blackberry4 Review: GoGo In-flight Wireless
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★
Site: www.gogoinflight.com

On my flight back from DevCon I was pleasantly surprised that there was GoGo In-flight Wi-Fi service on my American Airlines flight. I paid the $12.95 one time charge to get internet access on the plane and was amazed at the service. The internet access was a bit slow like a Verizon EVDO card but it worked! I was using it on my Macbook for about 3 hours before the battery died. It let me write quite a few articles but Slacker, Pandora, & Last.fm were a bit choppy and kept on cutting out on my laptop.

So once the battery died I fired up my T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 and used my same login to get back on the the Wi-Fi network by using the Hotspot login feature in the Wi-Fi setup wizard. The connection took a few tries to get working but afterwards it was just plain awesome!!! The coolest part is that GoGo did not charge me yet again to use a different device to connect to the internet. Sadly I did not think of testing out if both my laptop and BlackBerry could be connected at the same time for one charge but I doubt it.

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I connected to the Wi-Fi network and within a few seconds I had my latest emails and everything on my BlackBerry. What truly blew my mind is that I even had UMA T-Mobile@Home service in the air! I am not sure how I feel about people making phone calls on a close and cramped airplane but I was shocked that it was not blocked! The audio quality was also great. It was T-Mobile @ 30,000 feet in the sky! :)

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I started playing with the service and found that everything worked like it should. Google Talk, Facebook, and even SMS were working just fine. I then fired up Pandora and decided to try it out. It took a bit for my station to load but after about 30 seconds I was listening to Apologize by OneRepublic though I should have been listening to Stairway to Heaven…

Only one thought came to mind when I had all of this running. “I LOVE Technology!”

So I will end this off by saying that the next time you are on a flight with Wi-Fi give it a shot. The days of boring in-flight entertainment are over. Now if only they would provide us with power jacks or even USB ports to charge gadgets I would be in heaven!

5 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Did you actually try to have a voice conversation? I’m curious what kind of delay there would be.

  2. I tried this yesterday on my Delta flight. Delta is allowing free trials until the end of the year. It was a little difficult to figure out how to sign up as you had to pick a package. The key was to enter the promo code of trydeltagogo.

    I was able to stream my slingbox with no dropouts on my Bold. I posted on websites and listened to wunderradio streaming.

    Very pleased and you could get a discount of $7.95 for smart phones. Still pretty expensive for a two hour flight.

    • The person I called said I sounded a little far away but they could hear me. It cut out a few times but didnt disconnect. I tried calling my voicemail to record the audio but I was starting to get people staring at me on the plane…

  3. Pretty cool.

  4. It felt like an EVDO connection because that’s what GoGo uses for air-ground communications ;) (it’s a private network though, licensed for air-ground use)

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