Google Is Stuffing Your Stockings

That’s right, kiddies. Every year it’s the most magical time of the year when all the good little boys and girls who have to travel during the holidays are rewarded with wide open WiFi, free of charge, from those jolly elves in Mountain View.

Last year at this time, in an effort to not be evil, Google gave travelers the gift of free WiFi as long as they were on a Virgin America flight. We’re sure this made tense Thanksgiving weekend flights all that much more pleasant. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that Google is bringing it back for this year’s holiday season and they’re going even bigger according to their blog.

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Virgin America returns as a partner for Gogo Inflight WiFi on every domestic flight starting November 20th of this year and going until January 2, 2011. But they’re not alone, as AirTran and Delta have been added into the mix bringing the carriers up to three. There’s nothing like a little Farmville to cure air rage, so we hear.

Interestingly, we notice that last year’s free WiFi was touted as being from Google itself, while this year there’s a slight twist. This year, the offer is coming from Google Chrome. The change is slight and subtle, but interesting. Another interesting piece that many people might have forgotten is that Chrome OS is still listed as being released “late fall 2010.” Seems like there might be a little overlap going on here. Could this free WiFi expansion be doubling up as a nice little launch advertisement? Or has Chrome OS shriveled up and died in the face of Android?

Only one way to find out for sure! Take to the skies!


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