In flight connectivity is all the rage these days, with Gogo offering various all day packages in the USA for $16 upwards, Emirates offering 500mb for a $1, and so on.
Yesterday, I was aboard an Iberia flight – and there was WiFi offered aboard the plane. Which is all well and good.
The A330 had the “new” Iberia cabin installed – but we’re not interested in that in this post (that’s another post completely)
However, the Iberia A330s seem to be equipped with onboard WiFi to allow you to be connected. This sounds like it’s worth exploring.
Booting up the IFE system, there’s a nice video to explain the WiFi system
Uh oh. Not recommending using laptops, large files and multimedia content? This can only end badly. The guide advised checking in the seat pocket for prices.
And, it’s expensive.
For those who can’t see the wording above:
- 4mb (yes, mb) plan -US$4.95
- 22mb plan – US$19.95
- 50mb plan – US$39.95
- Every extra Megabye – $1.75
And that my friends is expensive.
Whilst the coverage is pretty good, cost is going to be a barrier to uptake of the service.
As the rush to install and adopt WiFi aboard planes, putting barriers up like high costs. Whilst it does preserve bandwidth, I do wonder if providers actually know how much modern devices consume in data, along with data needs.
Iberia’s WiFi system is operated by OnAir (who’s prices on other airlines are “reassuringly expensive”.
Because with the prices above and knowing what my device could possibly consume – I took the safe option… and didn’t bother to connect at all.
Whilst some argue for tiered access, pricing must be fair and appropriate.
And with devices consuming data like it’s flowing water, for the casual flyer, the budget constrained flyer and those without expense accounts, the Iberia WiFi offering needs to be carefully considered if you actually need it.
… and if you can afford it.
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