In the past few days Google has made two very interesting announcements regarding Free Wi-Fi. Google will be providing free Wireless Internet access in on all Virgin America flights as well as offering free Wi-Fi in 47 airports through January 15, 2010. As you might have guessed the in-flight Wi-Fi used by Virgin America is none other than the Aircell’s Gogo In-flight internet which we reviewed back in July on Airtran.
Between November 10, 2009 and January 15, 2010 you can enjoy the service for free on all Virgin America flights as a holiday gift from Google. We find the January 15 date to be a bit interesting considering the fact that most people are already back home and working after new year?s. This makes us believe that maybe Google is trying to overlap with CES in order to make things a little more enjoyable for the IT crowd as well.
Do note that Seattle-Tacoma will be launching in late November.
In addition to that, they are going to be running a Picasa Photo contest giving away prizes to people who take pictures of themselves using the free Wi-Fi. As if that weren?t enough Google is also going to be matching donations made by people to the three selected charities while using Google?s Wi-Fi.
Google claims that they will match up to $250,000 across the 3 different non-profits and as if that weren?t enough they will also donate $15,000 to the local charity of the airport?s choice who has the highest dollar amount contributed per passenger.