Jet Blue Wi-Fi Not Fully Cooked
2008 and Yahoo Mobile in flight is the best we can do?
At this point we've been talking about potential in-flight broadband services for so long -- we'd prefer the industry to wake us when it arrives instead of teasing us with press nuggets. Allowed to take part in the maiden voyage of the airline's only Wi-Fi equipped plane today, CNET's Caroline McCarthy says Jet Blue's in-flight broadband service isn't worth writing home about just yet
. Not only does the trial service restrict you to just IM and e-mail traffic, the e-mail doesn't even allow users to upload attachments:
The e-mail application is very light. You have access to your address book, but you can't send attachments, which is why you aren't seeing any awesome photos of me hanging out with the flight crew. It all reminded me of an ultra-low-end mobile browser, which leads me to the hack I found. Indeed, as I learned, it's Yahoo Mobile.
That means you can still get around the restriction on browsing mobile content, but it's still far from the in-flight broadband revolution you've been waiting for. Jet Blue is starting small because of bandwidth limitations, and with the early bugs -- that's a good idea. PC World
does a good job of breaking down the in-flight broadband services coming from Jet Blue and three other airlines.
Virgin and American Airlines are using technology from Aircell, while Alaska Airlines is using a Wi-Fi solution from a company named Row 44. Jet Blue's service is a collaboration between Yahoo and Research in Motion. They're using technology from JetBlue in-flight entertainment subsidiary LiveTV, who recently acquired a 1-MHz segment of spectrum previously owned by Verizon Airfone.
All four implementations aren't getting off the ground until 2008 or later, so wake us when we get to our destination.
Re: Cost Cost Cost I don't see how jetblue is not doing well... When I've been asked to give up my (non-revenue) seat twice in the past 3 months.
I get to fly free on JB, so I try to take advantage of the sitatuion as often as possible... Usually at least twice a month. JB's terminal at JFK is worst than Grand Central Station during rush hour.
I've wonder about the in-seat power source, but I'm guessing they actually want people to run out of battery so that they don't spend 6 hours download crap while flying.
Re: why not...
said by stridr69:Sorry, boss: It's "Johnny Mnemonic" (Mnemonic = relating to memory). Apologies for pointing it out, but I just couldn't let it go.
....just enjoy the flight. Granted I'm a "Johnny Numatic" freak as far as being "on the grid".
said by stridr69:Westerners always seem to have a problem with sitting still and simply being at ease with themselves. It's pretty much a given nowadays: even simply walking down the sidewalk isn't enough to keep people occupied and they have to have a 'phone in their hands to help their hands/head "stay busy." [shrugs]
But when I'm on a plane, I simply enjoy the flight. It's getting to the point where folks want cellular service while in-flight. Jeese people, get a grip. You can be "off-grid" for awhile...right?
On an airplane flight, I can almost understand why people are so tense, though. Being in an aircraft isn't really a "natural" state to find yourself in. Add in the fact that people have a tough time sitting in one place, (see above)
along with the airlines' never-ceasing efforts to shove an ever-greater number of people on their planes, and you're onto a winning formula if you're able to provide these people with some means of "escape" from having to face the fact that they're sealed in a tin can....surrounded by other people who are just as angst-filled as they are.
said by stridr69:It'd be nice if airlines could offer some sort of "in-seat yoga" or even something as basic as simple breathing exercises for their passengers to do to help them relax. However, I'm not going to......hold my breath.......while waiting for such things to appear.
Love it when the plane lands and people are able to use their cell phones-sounds like walking past a tree with a few hundred birds in it. Gawd. Glad I was able to fly back in the pre-Blackberry days-so much nicer.
| || |said by TheMG:I was not going to say that. That would be totally rude and uncalled for. Absolutely.
Personally I'd like to see seat power outlets becoming a standard in airplanes, I don't care so much about internet, I want to be able to keep juice going to my laptop long enough to watch a few DVDs!
Yeah yeah, I know what you're gonna say, "get a laptop with more than a half hour battery life", whatever...
I was going to say...get a portable DVD player instead.