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In-Flight Wi-Fi Explained

Artwork: Chip Taylor

In this week's special episode of the PC World podcast, Aircell VP Niels Steenstrup joins editors Tim Moynihan and Mark Sullivan to talk about the technology and challenges behind providing in-flight wireless access.

Aircell's GoGo Inflight Internet service is available on nearly 700 North American planes.

Download the podcast here.

We ask Steenstrup why we still can't make VoIP calls while in the air, how planes stay connected to the Web while in flight, what the future holds for airborne Internet services, and why we have to shut down our gadgets during takeoff and landing.

You can also stream the podcast via QuickTime:

Read additional PC World coverage about in-flight Wi-Fi:

Virgin America and Google Team up for Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

Survey: Road Warriors Clamoring for In-Flight Wi-Fi

Lufthansa to Relaunch Intercontinental In-Flight Internet

Nine Notebook Rules for Using In-Flight Wi-Fi

In-Flight Entertainment on a Netbook

Virgin and YouTube Party With Wi-Fi in the Sky

Have you used the Internet while several thousand feet in the air? We want to read your take. You can reach us at podcast@pcworld.com and review our podcast on iTunes. Also, you can subscribe to the weekly PC World Podcast either on iTunes or via the PC World RSS feed.

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