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gogoI just used the new wireless service Gogo on a flight from Chicago to San Diego, and was extremely pleased with it. Over the round trip, I learned Joomla, an open-source content management system. I also cleaned out my email, Skyped my husband (with video) and listened to streaming radio over iTunes. Talk about a painless four-hour trip!

If I had my noise-cancelling headphones with me, I could even have streamed a movie over Netflix; I tried, and it was streaming beautifully, but I could not hear well enough to enjoy it.

At $12.95 for flights over 3 hours ($9.95 for shorter flights) Gogo is priced right. It is completely worth it for the distraction and reduced stress alone. And for you working attorneys, imagine clocking up an easy 7 hours billable time by doing research and answering email on a coast to coast flight.

Try it. I think you’ll like it.


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  • Dan

    $12 per flight is far too expensive a rate for wireless internet, considering that a mobile broadband card can be had for significantly cheaper. Yes, you lose out on being able to browse in flight (at least, until cell-phone service becomes enabled on more flights, which according to reports shouldn’t be too long), but really, I can’t justify paying that kind of price for something I’m likely only going to have access to for an hour or two.

    If it were an international flight, it would be worthwhile, but for a domestic flight you’re simply not in the air long enough that you can’t download your email in advance, check it, save any replies in draft, download any material you need to pdf and review it offline, mark up any edits or additions, even draft something new, and put it all into a queue to submit as soon as you land. You can still bill that entire time.

    Until people vote against arbitrarily high Wi-fi prices with their wallets, the costs won’t go down.

  • While I agree that $12 per flight ($13, really) is pretty exorbitant, put it in perspective. If you bill two hours while you are in the air, at $400-600, total, $13 is a pretty minor expense for the increased productivity.

  • I don’t think the price is outrageous. It’s not free, but it’s cheaper than checking a bag on most airlines.

    But it would take a really long flight for me to actually use gogo. Since you can’t use your laptop during takeoff and landing, a significant chunk of internet time is cut off. I just had a flight from Dallas to DC, and you really only get a little over 2 hours of computer time. I guess that’s still enough time to do some serious work. Or watch a movie. :)

  • Greg

    Ten to thirteen bucks is not that bad, particularly if you are working and billing for time. But for a movie or just messing around? A bit too much, but whatcha gonna do? Other electronics are easier and faster and more reliable for what you need- i.e., a laptop or DVD player or even an iPod, plus you can clean out e-mail anytime and even draft responses that are sent when you have an Internet connection. I guess you cannot Twitter or Skype, but don’t you need a break anyhow?

    But, more amazing, you learned Joomla in four hours, less other time spent on other tasks? Now that’s remarkable! :)