Steve Jobs was the guiding force behind the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. The scope of connectivity is vast. Do you think Jobs imagined that these devices would be used on flights across the USA while traveling at speeds over 500 miles per hour? Originally, they didn’t. Years ago, if airline Wi-Fi were available, it was so expensive that few customers were willing to pay for it. Gogo is a Wi-Fi carrier currently used by most USA airlines and offers rates that allow the average person Wi-Fi capability while flying through the air with the greatest of ease.
Gogo is a global leader of in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions. Using Gogo’s exclusive products and services, passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 1,800 Gogo equipped commercial aircraft. In-flight connectivity partners include American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Scoot and US Airways.
Gogo Internet operates on wireless signals provided by Gogo’s Air-To-Ground network, a reliable network of cellular towers spanning from sea to shining sea. While The Gogo Network has wired the entire continental United States for skyward Wi-Fi, actual signal strength and coverage may vary by altitude and network traffic volume. Gogo connect fees run daily, monthly, and unlimited. Whether you’re a casual or a frequent flyer, you’ve got Wi-Fi connectivity.
When it comes to staying connected at 30,000 feet, tablets and smartphones now make up a whopping 67 percent of the devices being used to connect to the Internet through Gogo’s in-air network. Tablets are now the preferred device at 35 percent, followed closely by laptops (33 percent) and smartphones (32 percent).
Apple products in general still reign supreme above the clouds, with the iPad being the device of choice to connect in air. Among all devices being used to connect through Gogo, 84 percent carry Apple’s iOS operating system while 16 percent carry the Android operating system. If you look only at the smartphones people use, the iPhone makes up 73 percent and Android devices make up 26 percent, with BlackBerry and Windows based devices each making up less than 1 percent of the devices being used to connect in air.
When it comes to Apple devices, 59 percent of passengers connect using the iPad, 36 percent using the iPhone and 5 percent using the iPod touch.
So what are passengers doing once they connect at 30,000 feet? It’s no surprise that general web surfing ranked as the number one. Besides that, passengers spend their time accessing personal email, engaging in social media, checking sports scores and shopping. Business travelers ranked accessing their work email and finalizing reports as the most frequent activity above the clouds. Passengers also utilize Gogo to explore their final destination’s weather, entertainment options and directions upon their arrival.
The data was compiled through surveys of Gogo users and using internal data compiled from the more than 35,000 average daily in-air connectivity sessions across more than 1800 Gogo equipped aircraft.
Steve Jobs was a visionary. Do you think his vision included airline use? If anything, Jobs dreamt big. Services like Gogo are just an example of how dreams and ideas can be inspirational. Use your Wi-Fi devices on your next trip through the air.