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Archive for April, 2013

Craving Wi-Fi, Preferably Free and Really Fast

Source: nytimes.com »

TRAVELERS hitting the road with their mobile electronic devices have three questions about staying connected away from home: will there be Wi-Fi, how much will it cost and how well will it work?

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Passengers are insatiable for bandwidth; how can airlines cope?

Source: blog.apex.aero »

When airlines started rolling out inflight Wi-Fi at the end of the last decade, passengers had far different bandwidth requirements than in 2013. Armed with smart phones and tablets, today’s mobile, social, vocal passengers can’t seem to get enough bandwidth.

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Oman Air report strong take rate in internet and phone use

Source: pax-intl.com »

The airline tracked the growth between January 2012 and January 2013. Oman Air said its Muscat to London Heathrow service saw the greatest use of inflight connectivity and the most popular method of accessing the internet was via smart phones, “indicating that most users relied on the connectivity service for leisure, rather than work, purposes,” said the airline.Oman Air was a pioneer in inflight telephone use for passengers.

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April Week 4 – Premier League & Bundesliga

SPORT 24 April Wk 4There is a very busy weekend of LIVE football being brought to you on Sport 24 from the Bundesliga and the Barclays Premier League.

As the jostling for positions in the Bundesliga is coming to a close there are still some exciting matches to be played this weekend. Champions Bayern Munich will take on SC Freiburg who are battling for 4th place. There is also action from Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 and Hannover 96.

In the Barclays Premier League Manchester United have cemented their quest to victory and claim the title of champions. Arsenal will be taking them on and will try to secure some valuable points that will maintain their 3rd place and fend off Chelsea. Wigan Athletic, Queen’s Park Rangers, Reading and Aston Villa, who are all teetering on the edge of relegation, have everything to play for over the next few of weeks.

Catch all of the action LIVE on Sport 24!

DON’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD!

You’re Onboard. You’re Connected. Now What?

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@Altitude has just the thing for you. Join us on Twitter for our new in-flight fun with connectivity…#FltChk.

Each week we’ll choose a different day to randomly call for a “Flight Check” changing our avatar to the orange one featuring the hash tag #FltChk and that will be your cue. If you’re on a connected flight that day tweet with your airline and route details and include the hash tag #FltChk to share your experience with the @Altitude community.

Be on the lookout for especially themed #FltChk’s in which we ask you to include pictures of different items you can find onboard, like a scavenger hunt in the sky. Of course there will be bragging rights for those we declare the best #FltChk each week. And maybe some other special surprises too.

Join the fun at 30,000 feet. Connect with #FltChk. But don’t forget that you can always share your in-flight connectivity experience with the @Altitude community any day of the week by using the hash tag #AltitudeConnect.

Connect. Communicate. Discover.

AeroMobile predicts movement by the FCC to allow mobile phone use in-flight

Source: blog.apex.aero »

Airborne GSM service provider AeroMobile is optimistic that sentiment in the US over the highly-charged issue of mobile phone use in-flight is shifting, and believes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is just determining the proper regulatory framework in which to introduce onboard mobile phone access.

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Cruising @Altitude

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You’re about to board a flight to New York… or London… or Tokyo. You’ll be in the air for hours. You’ve got work to finish, you’re stressed, and you already miss your kids.

Not to worry. In-flight connectivity has opened up a whole new world for passengers. You now have Internet access, live TV and the ability to use a phone—all from your seat at 30,000 feet.

Get Onboard. Get Connected.

That business report you desperately need to finish? Take your seat, pull out your tablet, work away, and then email the document to your colleagues back at the office. Or check those last-minute emails you were expecting from your client. If you need to relay an important message to your spouse, or your boss, grab your smartphone and send a text.

When you’re done with your work, watch the news on TV—streamed to your seatback monitor, tablet or phone—to find out what’s going on in the world right now. The guy sitting next to you is having a ball: He’s rooting for his home team in the finals of his favorite soccer league.

Before you close your eyes for some sleep, grab your phone and send a picture message to your family—and get one back of your kids’ smiling faces.

Welcome to the world of in-flight entertainment … and to @Altitude, which tells you all about it.

The @Altitude movement promotes the awareness, development and use of in-flight technologies. Why? So that passengers can be connected on every single flight. Which means they can always be entertained and productive in the air. The @Altitude website provides information on the latest in-flight services and the carriers that offer them. The mission: to help passengers have the most positive experience possible.

Look around this site and you’ll see:

  • Services & Technology. This section provides information about available connectivity services and how they work.
  • News & Events. You can read the latest industry news about in-flight connectivity.

Connecting in-flight is becoming increasingly common. Globally, more than 2,500 planes are estimated to have connectivity access—and that number is rising rapidly. It’s predicted that more than 6,000 aircraft will be equipped with connectivity by 2015.

The practical benefits for passengers are endless. You can surf the Web, research places you’ll visit on your trip, check on a sick family member, and text flight-status updates to whoever is picking you up at the airport. As you look down on the clouds, look up your friends’ Facebook pages.

And share your experience. Connect with others in this online global community. Go to our @Altitude pages on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #AltitudeConnect to be part of an open forum.

Tell your fellow passengers how you’re enjoying Wi-Fi in the sky. Or what game you’re watching. Or where you’re traveling. Or which airlines have connectivity services like Wi-Fi, live streaming TV and the capability to use phones.

In the coming months, check back often on this site to read guest blogs and learn details about future live events.

Enjoy the journey.

April Week 3 – Formula 1, ATP 1000s, MotoGP, Premier League & Bundesliga

Sport 24 logoWe are extremely pleased to be bringing you LIVE action from some of the best sporting events taking place this week from around the globe.

Sport 24 will bring you LIVE matches from the Bundesliga.

Fast paced action from Andy Murray, Thomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo at the ATP Tour 1000s.

In the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United will push forward to try and take hold of the title whilst the battle to stay out of relegation continues to heat up.

Exhilarating speeds and accurate decisions shouldn’t be missed in the Bahrain Formula 1 and MotoGP of Americas.

DON’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD!