Inflight wifi on the A380 from LAX

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  1. Whendoublewidesfly

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    (Posted on When Double-Wides Fly on 3/8/2012)

    Qantas is leading the way down under and on the A380 Fleet and is the first of any carrier on this never ending flight from the USA to Australia to offer inflight connectivity. In addition to the first commercial airline to offer internet on the A380! Six of the carriers airbus A380s have been equipped with wifi access points to begin testing over water satellite based internet through onair.

    The Wifi will be tested for 8 weeks on the LAX - SYD and LAX - MEL routes. For now the ONLY business class and First class passengers will have access to the inflight wifi and may be rolled out to others at a later date. Like GoGo internet in the USA, internet will be fast enough to check emails, browse the web, apps, etc. however all VOIP applications such as Skype, google chat, etc will be blocked.



    Passengers will be able to connect their smartphone, tablet or laptop to the A380's internal wireless network. Qantas announced that for the initial roll out of the wifi will be free of charge, and then, after the initial test phase, Qantas will begin testing charging for this offering and rolling out a number of different data plans. Qantas spokeswomen said, "Initially when we launch the trial it will be free, then there will be a period with several paid packages so we can get an indication of the demand at different price points. We're working through the details of those packages at the moment, and once the trial is finished we'll be setting the cost based on that."

    After the initial testing Qantas will test the viability of rolling out of internet on all A380 routes. However don't expect this service to be free or cheap! If it's anything like other overseas data plans, you can expect a mighty credit card charge for email access!
     
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    This. $0.71 cents per MB. Ok, it isn't cheap. But my point is if satellite internet over the Pacific can be this low (assuming QF rates will be comparable to EK), why can't global data on a cellphone be anything this reasonable? I don't want to have to buy prepaid SIM's every time I enter a new country!

    /End Off-Topic Rant.
     

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