updated 10:40 am EDT, Mon October 19, 2009
Free Virgin Air Wi-Fi from Nov to Jan
Google on Monday pushed its belief in widespread Internet access with a free Wi-Fi deal with Virgin America. The team-up will give no-cost Internet access to passengers on any of the airline's current flights between November 15th and January 15th. The search engine creator sees it as a way of easing stress during the holidays by keeping up on news from the ground, though it also encourages use of Google's services in the air.
Service would normally cost as much as $13 for computer access on a long-haul, daytime flight or $8 for a smartphone or other handheld device.
The ubiquitous is possible through Virgin's relatively small fleet, which primarily services major hub cities like New York, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as through Virgin's aggressive effort as one of the first implementing Wi-Fi on an aircraft.