Aircell Adds Smart Phone In-Flight Broadband Tier
$7.95 for flights of any length...
in-flight broadband service is quickly becoming the dominant offering among airlines here in the States eager to begin offering in-flight Wi-Fi. Up until now, Aircell has offered just two pricing options for travelers: $9.95 on flights of three hours or less, and $12.95 on flights of more than three hours. Now, according to an announcement
, they're allowing users to access the service via their smart phone (on flights of any length) for $7.95 per trip. The Gogo service involves almost 100 EVDO cell sites aimed ever upward, designed to provide 2Mbps+ connectivity to each Gogo enabled plane that passes overhead. VoIP is banned, though VPN connectivity works.
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Re: Latency & Issues on EVDO
said by expert007:My personal experience in different areas of the country was that the jitter and packet loss were fine, it was the latency that really killed the experience. I didnt conduct any scientific tests mind you, all I did was fire up a VoIP call to see if it worked or not. I tried in from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast, and each time the speech of the other person was clear and uninterrupted (and they said mine was too), however the delay in transmission (latency) was unavoidable no matter what settings I tweaked.
Latency certainly makes conversation difficult on EVDO, but out of curiosity, is it also particularly bad with jitter & packet loss?
Just wondering because regardless of which tower I'm associate to, I'm seeing 200ms jitter and 5-9% packet loss.
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