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WiFi on the Plane! Does it Work?


Dr. Z is writing this blog post while he is on a plane from Vermont to California.

He is trying to prove that it can be done while you are connected to the internet 35,000 feet in the air.

He is flying Southwest today. It costs $8 to have wifi on your iPad or iPhone while you are in the air. It is good for one day and only one device. This means if you use your iPad and your iPhone, you have to pay $8 each for both of them.

The rest of the domestic airlines use a service known as “Gogo.” Gogo usually charges $14.95 for a day or $39.95/$49.95 a month. Sometimes the airlines offer a special for a limited period of time. Sometimes, if you buy before you fly, it could be cheaper than if you buy while you are airborne.

Is wifi in the air as good as the wifi at your home or office? From my experience, the answer is NO! I use it only when I have some urgent work or matters to attend to. But if I had a choice, I would pass on that until the airlines get better with this. It is still not good enough for video communication in the air. The connection can be described as “sputtering.” Sometimes it works great then it sputters. Knowing how technology progresses, Dr. Z is of the opinion it will get better with time.

For a link to “Gogo”, click this: Gogo Link

By the way, if you need video communication (VP or VRS), why not try Z5, you will like it! Click here to get it! (See if you qualify to get a FREE tablet with a stand!)

Dr. Z is proud to be part of the team that understands and listens to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community!

Dr. Z cares about your communication access.

Disclosure: Dr. Z (Philip W. Bravin) is associated with CSDVRS, currently its Vice-President of Business Development

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