Google’s gift: Free in-flight Wi-fi


Yup, Google is feeling quite generous as the gift-giving season is slowly approaching.

The internet giant has teamed up with Virgin America to bring free Wi-Fi Internet to the latter’s flights from November 10, 2009 to January 15, 2010.

The internet service itself will be provided by Gogo, an in-flight broadband provider owned by Aircell. And as Information Week put it, Google will be “picking up the tab” during the two-month period.

But wait! Just because it’s free doesn’t mean people can do just about anything they want on the Web. Certain limitations have been enforced by Gogo’s Terms of Service to ensure that passengers can get the best in-flight web experience. These restrictions include requiring users not to display offensive content that that can be seen by fellow passengers and the prohibit of use of VOIP applications like Skype.

According to the company, VoIP blocking was implemented to manage bandwidth use and to prevent passengers from annoying each other with their phone chatter. 🙂