Free Gogo In-Flight Internet Apps for BlackBerry, iPhone Ease Connection Pains
Connect to the Web with one click while in-flight with the new Gogo Inflight Internet app for BlackBerry and iPhone.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
In-flight Internet provider Aircell this week launched a brand new mobile application for BlackBerry, iPhone and iPod touch devices that lets travelers connect to airplane Wi-Fi with a single click.
The Gogo Inflight Internet app is currently available for free via Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry App World software shop and Apple’s iTunes Store. But users must still pay to access the in-flight Web service.
A version of the app for Google Android devices is coming soon, according to Aircell.
I use Gogo in-flight Internet quite often—check out my related foursquare badge–and it can be somewhat frustrating to connect using a mobile browser, especially if you need to create a new account, so I certainly see value in this new app.
To connect to airplane Wi-Fi using the Gogo Inflight Internet software you simply open the app, log in and you’re good to go. (Tip: If you plan to use Gogo Wi-Fi in the future, it’s a good idea to create an account beforehand, and save your payment card information, so you can easily connect during your flight.)
Aircell’s Gogo Internet is currently available in the continental United States on more than 1,000 airplanes from airlines including Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, U.S. Airways and Virgin America.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.