Superfast and super cheap, a LUV-ly review



Okay, so I didn’t do the reviewing, but this blog, Need2Know Travel, did try the Row 44 in-flight Wi-Fi system being fitted to Southwest Airlines’ entire Boeing 737 fleet (some 60 aircraft are expected to be equipped by year-end).

Row 44 runs over Ku-band satellites (versus Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG)-based Gogo). I’m highlighting this review as it is the first I’ve seen since the change-out in antennas and it contains some interesting info.

Here is what Need2Know says about the speed and price of Southwest Wi-Fi (click through to the original post for more info) :


SPEED: The speed definitely exceeded my expectations. 2.89MBS would be faster than your Internet if you had for example a QWEST 1.5MBS connection.

PRICE: I thought it was more than reasonable to charge $3.00 to use my laptop from Phoenix to Albuquerque. I also noticed that I wanted to only use the Wi-Fi for my iPhone it would have only been $1.00 an extremely reasonable price.



It is important to note that Southwest told attendees at last week’s APEX convention that it is still testing price points for in-flight Wi-Fi (wouldn’t things get very interesting if Southwest offered Wi-Fi for free, as it does for luggage)?

Separately, for the in-flight Avgeeks among us (you know who you are), Row 44 divulged some very interesting news at APEX about its plans for Ka-band-based connectivity. Read all about it in APEX’s latest WIN newsletter, which is now available to non-members!

(Photo above from Brent Payne’s Flickr photostream)

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3 Responses to Superfast and super cheap, a LUV-ly review

  1. Caio Nery September 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Thats so cheap!
    I wouldn’t expect that!

  2. TransWorldAirline September 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Mary,
    I do not understand why people get excited about Ku…The technology is old before it was even born!!!
    To me if your are an international airline the only rational and business wise way to go is SBB today and Ka tomorrow if and when there is a need to upgrade.
    Ku systems are way too heavy and drag is also a factor that need to be taken into account.

    Keep up the good work.

    Joe

  3. Edison Brletich November 14, 2010 at 3:39 am #

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