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United Selects Panasonic To Install Wi-Fi On Entire Fleet Except 737

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) today announced that it has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide Wi-Fi connectivity on more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline aircraft beginning in mid-2012. Panasonic's Ku-band satellite technology offers faster speed than air-to-ground technology (ATG) and will provide connectivity on flights worldwide. The system will also enable wireless streaming of video content. United Continental Holdings expects to… ( Mehr...

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With all the uproar about jobs, why didn't they at least choose an American company? Remember the catch phrase: "Buy American!"
Mark Duell 0
The 737s are supposed to get wifi from LiveTV via a satellite system.
aggieflyer 0
Oh good. I was about to ask why they were hating on their 737's.
Mark Duell 0
The 737-500s are being hated upon, and will remain ghettobirds.
Nice! access to LiveATC *AND* Ch. 9! Sweet.
Stephen Brown 0
Ronald Padgett 0
Ok... having my cell phone turned on will send us miles away from my destination (intended destination rather)... but WiFi won't. Intewesting... vewy intewesting.
Chris Bryant 0
Here's the fun part. On my phone, if I put it in airplane mode, it turns OFF my WiFi.
philip bigge 0
It is about time!!
I wonder how much it's gonna cost?
Scott Campbell 0
About time, Thanks United ! now that your keeping 1K status out of reach for me.
Hello Virgin America when I can, to little too late.....
Scott Campbell 0
Continental was already in the process of adding direct tv / sat to all there aircraft.
Paul Zisser 0
How much are they going to charge for this? We all know, there's no way they're giving this away.
There will, of course, be a $35 "Wi-Fi" fee added to your ticket. It will not be refundable or removable, even if you do not intend to use the service mentioned.

They will integrate it into the plane in such a manner that the plane will not function without it being on, thus the requirement you pay the fee even though you may not partake in using it during your journey.

Kind of how Windows integrates IE into the OS to where you can't remove it, though a good portion of users don't touch that browser whatsoever.
Shenghao Han 0
For explanation to those who don't know the difference between your WIFI and Cell phones.
WIFI is using a short range raido wave to acuess near by (usually in 10 Meters, rear 20)
But Cell phones' can reach at least 100meters some can reach even miles. Also the radiowaves from Cell phone will interferance data transfur in wires(in this case voice to pilot and ATC). If you don't believe it try this: wear a pair of earphone and plug it in some thing that make sound, than put you phone near you earphone wire. Listen into the earphone while send a text. Usually you will hear some thing like "BEE BEE BEE....BEEEEEEEEEE..." but if you plug the ear phone in to a wireless PC there will not be anything anoying while enjoy your music
Daniel Baker 0
Wow WiFI on the international fleet as well.


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