Having the ability to access the Internet on a plane is a great development in the travel industry! Do you breathe a sigh of relief when you see the little “WiFi Onboard” sticker outside the plane?
Here in the US, Gogo is the most popular onboard service. We LOVE Gogo and use them as much as possible, but if you travel a lot, the price can be a little painful.
Pay Less for In Flight WiFi
When you log on to Gogo (and probably most other services), you’ll notice they charge less if you’re on your phone or tablet than they do if you’re on a laptop…
How can you get WiFi on your laptop for the price of a MOBILE access pass?
By the way, this IS a hack, and you’re a cheater if you do it! So don’t say I didn’t warn you!
To start with, I recommend you use the Chrome browser.
- BEFORE you get on the plane (while you still have an Internet connection on the ground), download and install the extension called User Agent Switcher.
- Now you’ll see a tiny icon in the menu bar that looks like a masked vigilante.
- Click it and change the browser settings to “iPad” or “iPhone”. That forces Chrome to tell Web servers it’s an iPad, which is great for developers, but turns out to be very useful for you too!
- Now connect to the airplane Wifi and use that browser to log in and connect to the internet.
- Once you’re connected, you can switch your browser back to Default and carry on as normal!
If you want to use Firefox:
- Click your Tools menu
- Choose Default User Agent
- Select iPhone
- Go to the Safari menu, choose Preferences.
- Go to the Advanced tab and check the box that says “Show Devleop menu in menu bar”.
- Then when you’re on a plane, click the Develop menu, then choose iPhone or iPad.
Okay, now you can save a few bucks on every flight!
More tips at geekbeat.tv/tipaday