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sep 09 2010

Do you use Wi-Fi when you fly?

Gogo Inflight Internet, the Wi-Fi service available on routes flown by American, Delta, United, and Virgin America among other airlines, was recently installed on the 1,000th plane in North America.

Gogo is installed on more planes than any other service in the world, and it is now available on more than 3,800 daily flights in North America. Overall, travelers are able to log on to Gogo service on about one-third of all domestic departures in the U.S., as a Gogo press releases states.

With Gogo hitting the notable four-digit mark, it got us wondering: Have you actually paid for and surfed the Web while flying? Are you in the habit of using the service regularly? And if you were calling the shots, what, if anything, would you change about the service?

For the sake of the uninitiated, please share your experiences and insights, including whether you give the experience as a whole a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Also, it's worth noting that Gogo isn't the only in-flight Internet service available in the U.S. As a Los Angeles Times post recently reported, Row 44 Internet service now offers Wi-Fi on more than 540 Southwest Airlines flights (all of the carrier's planes will be outfitted with Row 44 Wi-Fi by 2013), and the company has raised $37 million to expand the service to international flights.

As we noted in a previous story about "Wi-Fi in the Sky," because Gogo is a land-based service that relies on antennas on the ground, it won't work on planes flying over oceans -- which pretty much means it won't work on international flights. Row 44, on the other hand, uses satellites and is potentially functional when flying above oceans, deserts, and pretty much everywhere else.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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