I’m generally a firm believer in the concept of “if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.” That’s why this offering leaves me scratching my head.
View from the Wing notes that US Mobile offers unlimited inflight internet service through iPass for just $10 per month. That’s an insanely good deal that gets you access to 35 million hotspots around the world. However, there’s another aspect to this that excites me a whole lot more.
What makes this truly incredible is that you get access to both Gogo and Panasonic wifi on one device with your plan. Here are the airlines that you get wifi on with this plan:
As you can see, this doesn’t just get you wifi on domestic Gogo flights, but it even gets you wifi on American’s international flights, Etihad, Lufthansa, etc. This is an insane deal. To use this on a Gogo or Panasonic flight you’d connect to the inflight wifi, and then you’d see an option to log in with your iPass credentials.
As a point of comparison, a Gogo membership on a single airline will cost you $50 per month, so this is 80% cheaper and gets you wifi on so many more flights.
The only catch is that you’re limited to one device. That works great for me — I get wifi on my phone through T-Mobile, and could use this for my laptop. And heck, I could even buy two or three memberships and still save a lot of money.
This is an unbelievable deal, I just don’t get what I’m missing. Some people have been using this for months without issue, but it’s just puzzling that Gogo and Panasonic are onboard with this. This is clearly a conscious decision on their part, though I think this will end with many of us canceling our Gogo memberships and switching to US Mobile for a fraction of the cost.
I plan on signing up for this and giving it a try, though for now I’ll keep my Gogo membership, since I have grandfathered pricing. I figure if nothing changes here in the next few months I’ll cancel my Gogo membership and just use this..
Do you plan on using this US Mobile iPass membership to access inflight wifi? Does anyone have any clue what they’re thinking here?