I have a love-hate relationship with Gogo, which is the major in-flight internet provider for American Airlines’ fleet. They can often be frustratingly slow, and the bandwidth is extremely limited, which really shows on flights with lots of business travelers. But for some people, in-flight Wi-Fi is really the only way for them to stay productive in-flight.
Up until this point, Gogo didn’t allow you to use 2 devices simultaneously, even if you have a monthly subscription. For the most part, I utilize free internet on my phone, which comes with being a T-Mobile customer. However, the free Wi-Fi is only limited to one hour per flight, so for longer flights I’m out of luck.
It looks like Gogo is now rolling out somewhat of an add-on for those with a monthly subscription. For an effective monthly fee of $10, you will be able to use two devices simultaneously. This will allow you to connect to the in-flight Wi-Fi on both your phone and your laptop, and will eliminate the trouble of having to log-out and log-in if you switch between devices constantly.
The $10 “add-on” is really part of a new plan, and will only be available to specific US carrier. For instance, you won’t be able to add this to Gogo’s multi-airline or global plans. It also looks like the feature will only be able on American, Delta, and Virgin America at the moment (i.e. not on Alaska).
JetBlue already has super fast internet in-flight, and even offer a basic tier to all flyers for free. Gogo has plans to bring faster internet to the sky, with a roll out starting in 2018. But until then, we’ll still have to put up with the slow speed.
Do you value having access to Gogo internet on 2 devices simultaneously to pay $10 extra a month?
(HT The Forward Cabin)