The iPhone is The Device of Choice For Airline Passengers [Report]

The iPhone is The Device of Choice For Airline Passengers [Report]

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If you’re a member of the Mile High Club, chances are that you own an iPhone.

A new report from AllThingsD says that two-thirds of Gogo in-flight WiFi users favor the iPhone as their browsing device of choice. 20% of mobile WiFi usage is attributed to the iPod touch, while Android only accounts for 12%.

RIM’s Blackberry accounts for only 6% of airline WiFi usage, while Windows Phone, webOS, and other platforms don’t even claim enough of a percentage to mention.

Gogo’s numbers don’t reflect the iPad, mainly because the device is considered a “computer” on commercial flights. The iPad still accounts for one-third of “large screens” using Gogo WiFi on flights. The Mac accounts for about 20% of computer usage.

Smartphone users pay a max of $7.95 for in-flight WiFi from Gogo, while Mac and and PC users pay an upwards of $12.95. Hopefully these rates will be lowered as in-flight WiFi becomes more of a commodity and less of a luxury.

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  • linzheng1
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  • acrosstheline

    Um, Alex, do you know what the Mile High Club is? I doubt members would be surfing the net at a club event.

  • GooneyGooGoo

    Well, let’s be honest.  Apple users are used to paying extra for things and don’t mind being ripped off.  Android users just hack the wifi and surf for free.

    http://bit.ly/dI3hcF

  • Hampus

    Seeing how most android users are just people who walked in to a store a bought a cheap phone it isnt all that likely they would know how to hack a wifi at all…

  • Hampus

    You know, I think they got the results backward, or at least the phrasing.
    I don’t think it is that most in-flight WiFi users prefer iPhones, I think it’s more about iPhone users being more interested in in-flight WiFi than others.

  • dongche70
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  • lwdesign1

    Ahem! Regarding the “Mile High Club”, I’m reminded of Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride”, who says “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

    Here is the definition:  The term “Mile High Club” refers to two people engaging in sexual activity (sexual intercourse) at an altitude of no less than 5,280 ft (a mile high above the earth) in an airplane.

    As one other commenter suggested, Mile High Club members would be interested in something other than their phones.

  • Zulvianes Budiman

    and hacking is considered legal? what a bunch of ‘proud’ prick.

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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