iPhones account for significant chunk of in-flight Wi-Fi connections


In-flight Wi-Fi service provider Aircell said that iPhones account for nearly two-thirds of the mobile devices that access its Gogo-branded in-flight Wi-Fi service, while Android devices make up about 12 percent.

BlackBerry devices made up about 6 percent of usage while Windows Phone and other phones are rarely used. Mobile-device users pay lower fees on longer flights when they use Gogo, with access usage maxing out at $7.95, compared with $12.95 for laptops.

When it comes to the iPad, Aircell counts them as computers that have to pay a higher fee. Still more than two-thirds of these connections used Gogo in June.

Since introducing an in-flight Wi-Fi subscription service in April 2010 for its iPass Mobile Network customers that leverages Aircell's service, enterprise mobility services provider iPass has seen that part of its business grow substantially, said iPass President and CEO Evan Kaplan in a recent interview.

Kaplan also pointed to the popularity of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) devices as a contributing factor to the strong growth.

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