iPad gogo in-flight internet

Richdmoore

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Hey, I just thought I would point out that the iPad is considered a mobile device by the goo inflight wifi providers, so it actually costs less to use an iPad than a traditional laptop for inflight internet!

(Right now I'm enroute to Dallas, going to try netflix streaming next!) :)
 

bmms8

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Hey, I just thought I would point out that the iPad is considered a mobile device by the goo inflight wifi providers, so it actually costs less to use an iPad than a traditional laptop for inflight internet!

(Right now I'm enroute to Dallas, going to try netflix streaming next!) :)
thats good to hear, try to a free code for free internet :)
 

maroontigre

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Fantastic! Did you have any trouble reconnecting after it went to sleep? Or are you keeping it on consistently? Will be very interested in how Netflix works given GoGo's latency.
 

Richdmoore

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Netflix iffy

I was able to stream netflix, (I played the movie Raising Arizona). But after about 8 minutes it started pausing all the time. Not really useable in my opinion, which is a shame. The speed should be good for utube, since the clips are usually shorter and less quality.

I did a short test of Turing off the wifi then back on, no issue reconnecting.
 

ubercool

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Hey, I just thought I would point out that the iPad is considered a mobile device by the goo inflight wifi providers, so it actually costs less to use an iPad than a traditional laptop for inflight internet!

(Right now I'm enroute to Dallas, going to try netflix streaming next!) :)
This is great news! And with a battery that can actually last a whole cross-continental flight, this is actually a viable in-plane surfing solution! :D
 

Richdmoore

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Speedtest app reports ping 21, download 1112, upload 236.

(oh, if anyone has any free codes, I would love to hear them, I fly all the time, usually to cheap for the Internet however.)
 

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I was able to stream netflix, (I played the movie Raising Arizona). But after about 8 minutes it started pausing all the time. Not really useable in my opinion, which is a shame.
Disappointing, but understandable considering the bandwidth required and the number of users.

Can you set to load completely before watching?

Or can you set a larger buffer timeframe?
 

Richdmoore

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Here is what I found, the iPad uses the mobile $7.95 plan vs the more expensive notebook plan.

Pricing
Gogo Flight Pass - Inflight Internet on laptops and mobile devices
Single Flight (up to 1.5 hrs): $4.95
Single Flight (1.5-3.0 hrs): $9.95
Single Flight (more than 3.0 hrs): $12.95

Other Pricing Options
Mobile Flight Pass: $7.95 (single flight, mobile devices only)
30-Day Pass: $29.95 (promo price for a limited time - reg. $49.95)
Note: 24-hour passes currently available for $12.95 on AirTran & Delta, hopefully American soon?

Additional Information
Users have reported that accounts are tied to email addresses, and some have had success circumventing code usage limitations (i.e.: first-time use only) by signing up for separate accounts through multiple email addresses. YMMV
Gogo Inflight Internet (Official Website)

Oh, and no settings on the netflix app to preloaded a movie that I can find.

Rich

How many people in the plane are looking jealously at your ipad?:)
Actually no one, but I did get bumped to first class on the first leg... :D I did have two people start asking questions in the departure terminal waiting area however...
 

tflight

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Just an update on this. I contacted gogoinflight about two weeks ago and asked them if the iPad was considered a mobile device or a laptop. The guy said (with emphasis) that as of today it is considered a mobile device. (That was a couple of weeks ago.) I got the feeling the policy was going to change.

I flew on May 3 as well as today-- both times I was charged for the more expensive laptop rate and not the mobile rate. I'm not complaining, I imagine the amount of data an iPad uses is more like a laptop than a mobile phone. But as an FYI it does look like they are now charging the laptop prices for the iPad. I still happily forked over the $13 to have almost six hours of wifi.
 

antiprotest

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Just an update on this. I contacted gogoinflight about two weeks ago and asked them if the iPad was considered a mobile device or a laptop. The guy said (with emphasis) that as of today it is considered a mobile device. (That was a couple of weeks ago.) I got the feeling the policy was going to change.

I flew on May 3 as well as today-- both times I was charged for the more expensive laptop rate and not the mobile rate. I'm not complaining, I imagine the amount of data an iPad uses is more like a laptop than a mobile phone. But as an FYI it does look like they are now charging the laptop prices for the iPad. I still happily forked over the $13 to have almost six hours of wifi.
Nay!
 

lavrishevo

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I was just messing with gogo myself this morning. According to gogo cs there are no promotions right now. I should mention I was on a Delta flight, don't know if this makes any difference. The cs rep seemed to imply it does.
 

etaylor3971

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Make your iPad look like an iPhone

If you login to gogo with your iPad on safari you'll be charged the laptop price. I logged on with atomic browser ($0.99 in the app store) and changed the settings to show my browser identity as an iPhone and gogo charged me the mobile pricing!

I bought the 30 day pass for $14.95 since I'll be traveling again later in the month.

Download test indicated 384kb - probably not good enough for netlfix :-(
 

Richdmoore

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Dumb question, but if you purchase the plan at the lower rate using atomic browser, will it then cut off if you switch to safari later?
 

Richdmoore

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Has anyone actually tried to purchase with that bother web browser, then switch to the normal one? (always trying to save a buck.):D
 

FWW

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If you login to gogo with your iPad on safari you'll be charged the laptop price. I logged on with atomic browser ($0.99 in the app store) and changed the settings to show my browser identity as an iPhone and gogo charged me the mobile pricing!

I bought the 30 day pass for $14.95 since I'll be traveling again later in the month.

Download test indicated 384kb - probably not good enough for netflix :-(
Nice, I will definitely try this. Hopefully they don't find a way around this before my next flight in June...
 

GoCubsGo

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Anyone use this yet on an American Airlines flight 757, say MIA to LGA and back?
I'm not certain that the departure and destination city matters but I used it on an AA flight last week when I was given a free hour. It was pretty neat to surf and fly but completely unnecessary for me. I can be MIA for 2.75 hours without something exploding.
 

rdowns

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I'm not certain that the departure and destination city matters but I used it on an AA flight last week when I was given a free hour. It was pretty neat to surf and fly but completely unnecessary for me. I can be MIA for 2.75 hours without something exploding.
Yeah, but you have to admit it, it would be so ****ing cool to be streaming video from your Mac at home to your iPad on a plane. :D
 

iserian

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Great idea but when I think GoGo I think go go latency. Of the half dozen or so times I have used go go the latency at times has made the service painful to use,

Reminds me of the direct wave service back in the day.
 

GoCubsGo

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Oh I don't agree there but it could be that after the first hour free they hook you and you're ****ed. It was easy to use and I did stream a Netflix movie. Quality was downgraded though for slower net speed.
 

Chupa Chupa

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I was able to stream netflix, (I played the movie Raising Arizona). But after about 8 minutes it started pausing all the time. Not really useable in my opinion, which is a shame. The speed should be good for utube, since the clips are usually shorter and less quality.

I did a short test of Turing off the wifi then back on, no issue reconnecting.
I had the same issue w/ UStream. Streaming video on GoGo seems to be a NoNo.

If you login to gogo with your iPad on safari you'll be charged the laptop price.

Odd. That was not my experience. I was billed for the Mobile price.