Southwest Rolls Out Gate-to-Gate Wi-Fi

by William White | November 22, 2013 1:22 pm

Southwest Rolls Out Gate-to-Gate Wi-Fi

Southwest Southwest Rolls Out Gate to Gate Wi Fi[1]Southwest Airlines (LUV[2]), announced on Wednesday[3], that it will be rolling out gate-to-gate Wi-Fi.

This announcement means that passengers will be allowed to access Wi-Fi throughout the flight. The only limitations is that mobile devices must be set to airplane during the flight and that larger electronics, such as a laptop, can’t be brought out during taxi, take off and landing. Passengers will also have to pay an $8 fee for each device that will use the in-flight Wi-Fi, reports Skift.

The in-flight Wi-Fi will be provided by Row44, which provides the service via satellite for the whole flight. This is different from Gogo (GOGO[4]), which only allows Wi-Fi to be accessed after the plane has reached 10,000 feet. AMR’s (AAMRQ[5]) American Airlines, Delta Air Lines (DAL[6]) and United Continental Holdings’ (UAL[7]) United Air Lines all use Gogo for their in-flight Wi-Fi, Skift notes.

CNET’s[8] Danny Sullivan tested Southwest’s gate-to-gate Wi-Fi on Thursday. He said that he had trouble accessing the service at first, but that he finally got a solid connection and kept it for the duration of the trip.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Southwest.jpg
  2. LUV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LUV
  3. announced on Wednesday: http://skift.com/2013/11/20/southwest-is-the-first-airline-to-announce-gate-to-gate-wi-fi/
  4. GOGO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOGO
  5. AAMRQ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAMRQ
  6. DAL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DAL
  7. UAL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=UAL
  8. CNET’s: http://news.cnet.com/8301-33620_3-57613419-278/putting-the-southwest-airlines-gate-to-gate-wi-fi-to-the-test/

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