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Google sponsors free Wi-Fi on Virgin's US flights

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Should be free everywhere!

    Wifi on a plane should be an included service. This shakedown for a few extra dollars every chance you can by airlines is frustrating. Someone please come up with an all inclusive airline that bundles this into the ticket price. I'd gladly pay $20 more for my ticket up front for that even if I don't use the servcies every time.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Should be

    Of course you want it included. You'll use it, and if they include it in the price, then all the people not using it will more than subsidize your cost.

    Next thing you know, you'll want your baggage fees to be part of the fare as well.

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