Wi-fi in the air

Wireless technology (Wi-Fi – Wireless Fidelity) is being used in home networks, mobile phones, video games and at some other places. Wi-Fi technologies are supported by nearly every modern personal computer operating system and most advanced game consoles, printers, and other peripherals. What next? Users will have Wi-Fi in the air.

News is out and it says that two of the airlines are moving ahead to offer Wi-Fi in the air; American Airlines will be offering Wi-Fi on select flights within a week and Delta will follow soon after (Delta’s on board Wi-Fi service called Gogo is priced at $9.95 for flights shorter than three hours and $12.95 for flights longer than three hours). Virgin Airlines will also be offering service sometime in the future.

Wireless Fidelity has come a long way since its inception in 1985. Earlier, most airports and hotels have already gone Wi-Fi allowing high end users to stay connected without interruption. Particularly so when cell phones are controversial subject for use in airplanes.

The purpose of Wi-Fi is to enable wireless access to applications and data, media and streams. The main aims of Wi-Fi are to make access to information easier, ensure compatibility and co-existence of devices, eliminate cabling and wiring and eliminate switches, adapters, plugs, pins and connectors. Everyone thinks that in flight wireless would be great. Particularly so for senior executives, decision makers and those who have to frequently toggle between different locations and need to stay in touch with ground stations. Even common users will be able to simply surf the web or instant message some of their friends from the air. No?

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