Virgin Gogo goes fleet-wide

On Wednesday, Virgin America went fleet-wide with GoGo Inflight Internet, enabling all Virgin America costumers to experience the Internet at 37,000 feet.

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Last November, when Virgin America debuted Gogo's Wi-Fi service on a single flight, it stated that by the second quarter of 2009, the service would be available fleet-wide. On Wednesday, it announced that it had reached its goal.

Virgin America has done that with GoGo Inflight Internet, enabling all Virgin America customers to experience Internet service at 37,000 feet.

The company demonstrated its Wi-Fi tech by hosting a Skype video chat conference with Oprah Winfrey during a live taping of her show. The segment is set to air Thursday, May 21. Unless you're a billionaire media personality, however, don't expect to be doing any video chatting yourself on flights. Virgin America doesn't typically allow voice over IP (VoIP) products like Skype due to concerns about keeping the cabin as quiet as possible.

The Gogo service is available for $12.95 for daytime flights of more than three hours, $9.95 for daytime flights of less than three hours, $5.95 on red-eye flights, and $7.95 for handheld devices.

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Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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