updated 09:55 am EDT, Fri July 29, 2011
iPod touch comes in ahead of Android, BlackBerry
iPhones represent almost two-thirds of the mobile devices using Gogo's in-flight Wi-Fi service, the network provider says. The category notably excludes tablets and notebooks, which are classified as computers and require people to pay more for in-flight connections. In the mobile arena the iPod touch is in fact the second-place device, with a 20 percent share.
By contrast, Android devices account for 12 percent of usage. BlackBerries represent 6 percent. Other devices, such as those running Windows Phone, are considered marginal.
Within computers, though, Windows remains the most dominant individual platform on Gogo, holding 41 percent. Apple fares better only when considering multiple platforms. The iPad alone is said to make up a third of the category, while Macs rank just below 20 percent.
Gogo's statistics are significant mainly because of the company's wide reach. All domestic AirTran, Delta and Virgin America flights offer the service, along with some planes operated by airlines like American, United, Air Canada, and Alaska Airlines. One skewing factor may be demographics, since the people likely to pay a premium for Internet access may be businesses travelers or simply wealthier than the average air passenger.