March 13 2009

Blogging From 35,000 Feet

Here I am, on a Southwest flight that left from Baltimore at 10:15a EST on Friday, March 13, going to San Diego.  It's 10:37a and I'm blogging from 35,000 feet.  The Southwest flight I'm on is one of two aircraft testing inflight Wi-Fi.  And guess what?  It works.  Apparently there are two aircraft that have no regular city to city schedules.  The aircraft I'm on now does not travel just from Baltimore to San Diego and back, so during the testing phase you just have to get lucky to get on one of the flights.  So is my luck!  And St. Patty's day is right around the corner:)

Note: Southwest won't allow heavy video downloads or VOIP service, and don't count on tech support.

I've gone from liking Southwest to loving Southwest.  Now I don't have to worry about all the work time lost traveling. Love it, love it, love it.

11:57a EST Update:  I just uploaded a 14MB video to YouTube, then watched it with no problem. Jim Adams first pitch, Padres vs. Cubs, June 4th, 2008.

I've been online 1:20 so far with no interruptions and excellent speed both up and down. 

A speed test from SpeedTest.net recorded speeds of 2.8MB down and 166kb up from a MO ping site.  DSLReports.com recorded 2.8MB down and 215kb up from a Chicago ping site.

My only concern so far is my battery life.  No too shabby.  If this is what we have to look forward to, we're in great shape.

Jim Adams - CEO
New Homes Directory.com

Comments

Posted by: Mike Sipes | March 13 2009 2:12 PM

Hey Jim, sounds like Southwest needs to add some 110V outlets on those planes!  Then again, maybe not.  You'd want to fly ALL THE TIME! ;)

Posted by: Jim | March 14 2009 12:20 PM

Hi Mike, no doubt on the plug ins, but I was just happy to have Internet during travel.  It was the best flight ever!  I hope they implement this quickly.  Jim

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