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JetBlue to roll out WiFi next year

JetBlue to roll out WiFi next year



Good news, frequent flyers. JetBlue, the airline that boasts lots of legroom and TVs at every seat, is finally getting one amenity it lagged behind on—in-flight Wi-Fi.

But don’t get too excited for it just yet. If you have a flight booked in the next few months you won’t be able to enjoy it—JetBlue won’t roll out its new in-flight Wi-Fi service until the first quarter of 2013.

The new service was first reported yesterday by the folks over at The Verge, who got their hands on an internal company email detailing the plans. JetBlue confirmed the news on its website Tuesday, noting it will launch in-flight Wi-Fi in partnership with ViaSat, which JetBlue calls the airline industry’s “best broadband connectivity solution.”

ViaSat’s satellite technology “will bring JetBlue customers exponentially more bandwidth than any other product in commercial aviation today,” the airline said. A number of other airlines rely on Gogo for in-flight internet service, including American Airlines, Delta, United, U.S. Airways, and Virgin America.

There’s no word yet on JetBlue’s exact data speeds with ViaSat, but according to the company, its Exede Internet service for commercial airlines promises 12 Mbps or more to each passenger. The Verge reported that JetBlue claims to have loaded ten Web pages in an average of one minute and 18 seconds, while an unnamed competitor’s service took more than eight minutes to complete the same task.

Even better—JetBlue will initially offer in-flight Wi-Fi for free until at least 30 planes have been outfitted with the satellites, according to The Verge. A source told the media outlet that after the trial period, JetBlue’s Wi-Fi service will remain free for “basic email and browsing,” but streaming movies or music during a flight will cost you.

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