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Wifi from Gate-to-Gate on Southwest

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by engicedave, Nov 20, 2013.

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  1. engicedave

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    No more powering down! Starting today, you will be able to use your small portable electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, in "airplane mode" from gate-to-gate on all Southwest Airlines® flights!

    Our satellite-based WiFi allows you to enjoy uninterrupted access to free live and on-demand TV compliments of DISH® or for $8 a day per device, you can stay connected onboard all day, even during stops and connections.

    We're proud to be the only airline to offer you gate-to-gate connectivity on the majority of our fleet. So as you get ready to head out for your Thanksgiving travel, be sure to bring your fully charged WiFi-enabled device and headphones with you to stay connected and entertained above and below 10,000 feet!

    For more information, visit southwest.com/wifi.

    See you onboard soon!
     
  2. smartone

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    I flew last week (SWA) and when they made the announcement, a guy in the row in front of me (like row 3) starts in on, "the FAA says we don't have to power down anymore, blah, blah, blah". The attendant was extremely nice and replied their policy at the current time remains the same... to which he started in with his "personal liberty bullshit". She walked right next to him and said, so that only those close could hear, "follow the rules or not, it's your choice..." and walked off. He, of course, continued powered-up and ran his mouth most of the flight. I just hate people like that...

    I fly again in the morning... the new policy should be nice... one less thing for some to rail against "the man" about.
     
  3. xmarksx

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    Smart, nothing demonstrates an amateur flyer like that-guy. In August some guy started arguing with the flight attendant because she rightfully told him his girlfriend could not sit in the exit row. She spoke no English and could not respond to the attendants standard questions. As he got up he started running his mouth about Southwest's Mickey Mouse rules... and that only SWA did that. Right, and they are the only airline to make you fasten your seat belt too...

    Regarding SWA's free Direct TV. When we flew in October I watched almost all of the Sunday night game. Amazing how that can make the flight time seem less. Really good signal too. Granted, the flight outbound had no wifi, it was down.
     
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    Whoa whoa - remember, it is DISH Network that is providing the free live TV on SWA. No need to give the other company a plug ;) just kidding. I agree I watched the Sunday night football game now twice coming back from Vegas and it really does help the flight time go by. The fact that we were going 645mph with a strong tailwind and got back to Chicago in 2 hours in 45 minutes helped also.
     
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    It's Dish Network and yeah I watched my Redskins/Vikings Thursday-nighter that I thought I'd miss. The signal was near flawless.

    Fantastic perk.
     
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    I was about to post this. You beat me to it. Good stuff. So your own phone service will be out of range?
     
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    I've never been on a sw flight with televisions, how many have them?
     
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    It's streaming to your device. No TVs.
     
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    Silly question ... will a smartphone in airplane mode receive a wifi signal?
     
  10. smartone

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    Absolutely
     
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    And it's $8 a flight? seems kinda high unless it's a long flight.
     
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    WiFi is $8, but the Dish TV is free until the end of the year. Mostly crappy TV shows, but like on this last flight, my DVD player died, so it came in handy to pass the time.
     
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  13. engicedave

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    Not exactly.

    You need to be in airplane mode, but you do need to turn on the wifi on smartphone
     
  14. Busyman

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    Sure, turn on it's wifi.

    Actually I think airplane needs to be off. Airplane mode all cuts off wireless signals.
     
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    Dag, I thought it would be a perk forever.
     
  16. IWannaBeInVegas

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    Androids, it depends on how the carrier set it up.

    On the iPhone airplane mode kills all signals but then you can manually turn on wifi.

    My galaxy and motorolas worked like the iPhone.
     
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    I went in last night and checked and my flight says N/A. Oh well, I guess I will do what I usually do....look out the window and try to nap (which is usually a no go) lol
     
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    Lean something new everyday. Just did a test on my android ... airplane mode turns off wifi but it can be manually re-activated. I didn't know that, thanks. :thumbsup:
     
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    Flew this morning and the announcement when they close the doors is, "the doors are closed all devices need to be in airplane mode, no more conversations." or something like that... no more "power down" or "10,000 feet" or anything... gate to gate.
     
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    Wish and Busy, I stand corrected. Made me laugh.

    I am beginning to cringe, looking into the future and realizing that someday they will allow phone calls. Can you imagine sitting next to that Jerry Springer-guest passenger who is fighting with the significant other on the phone, for three or more hours... Or the most important widget salesman in North America who is yapping about making sure Jimmy has lined up his aggregated leads for the week.
     
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