Scoot is introducing a new plan for those of use who like to Tweet, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Whatapps, Webo or any other social network they can grab – with a new in-flight WiFi package called “Social-Lite”.
The package costs US$5. This gives you 20mb of data to play with 64kbps surfing speed. Social-Lite is optimised for Optimised for messaging and chat services as well as light surfing according to the PR from Panasonic.
Scoot gives other options including
- 1 hour for US$11.95
- 3 hours for US$16.95
- 24 hours for US$21.95
It’s important to note – unlike the newly introduced plan – these are un-capped rates
Ok – I want to stop and imagine 20mb.
It’s difficult to imagine what 20mb looks like in any form, and I have additional bad news. Social Media apps are data hogs. Twitter and Snapchat are so data-dependent (With Snapchat loving speed as well as data). Facebook can be a hog when you start uploading or viewing images… and as for Whatsapp… add a video and see what happens to your data.
Combined with a capped speed, this isn’t going to be for the person who tweets every minute or so, or posts a picture of their food, or updates their Snapchat feed regularly. This is for those will post a picture or two, email a few things then turn off their phones or tablets.
Trust me – 20mb of data will vanish extremely quickly…. and you’d be better off with a 3 hour plan – or if doing more than one Scoot flight or a long haul flight – a 24 hour plan
Scoot and Panasonic seem to be pushing this, with Steven Greenway, Scoot’s Head of Commercial stating
“Our fun-loving guests have told us several times that they love our unlimited data Wi-Fi plans! Sometimes though, all they want is to send off a quick text to friends and family to let them know when they will arrive, or to not miss out on conversations with their friends and chat groups. We then realised there was a gap to fill, and since Scoot exists to give our guests the choice to pay for only what matters to them, ‘Social-Lite’ was born. It is affordable and perfect for most of our guests who love to stay constantly connected but only require quick messaging or chatting on the go”
Panasonic seem to have a better grip of this plan – light browsing and messaging – stating:
“Working with Scoot, we’ve changed the game in inflight connectivity to give guests more choices. They can opt for a broadband experience or, if they prefer, pay less for quick texting or light email services to contact friends or loved ones on ground”
It seems this plan is much more for the light user as opposed to the heavy social media users. Alas, when going a trip or on holiday – even the lightest user could go OTT without even realising it.
At least you’ll be aboard new planes with Scoot – the airline operates an all Boeing 787 fleet in a regional business and economy class seating.
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