Google: Free WiFi for U.S. Flights

Google is joining forces with airlines AirTran, Delta and Virgin America
to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi Internet access on every domestic flight from
November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

The campaign — aimed to promote Google’s Chrome Web browser — marks a change from and expansion of Google’s free holiday WiFi offer last year.

Google first offered free WiFi in October 2009, when it contracted with
Virgin America to enable free WiFi on every domestic Virgin America flight from
Nov. 10, 2009,
through Jan. 15, 2010.

Google expanded the popular program a month later, offering free WiFi
in 47 airports across the U.S.
thanks to the help of Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport
Marketing Income and others.

This year, Google’s Chrome Web browser group got the nod to promote the
offer on this Web
page
, where it conveniently offers users a link to download Chrome.

Chrome has 70 million users for an 8.5 percent market share, compared with almost
60 percent for Microsoft Internet Explorer and 23 percent for Mozilla Firefox.

For more, read the eWeek article Google Dangles Free WiFi for U.S. Flights Via Chrome.

CIO Insight Staff
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