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Better Amtrak WiFi: Maybe Not So Crazy
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Joe Stanganelli
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6/18/2014 | 7:34:05 PM
Re: WiFi SchmiFi
For my own part, the only time I've seen device charging on a plane was when I flew Lufthansa internationally.

Good to know about Delta!
PaulS681
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6/18/2014 | 7:19:39 PM
Re: WiFi SchmiFi
Good point about charging your device Joe. Delta does have some planes where you can charge your device on the plane. It's not widespread but it is there. However, in general terms I agree with you.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/18/2014 | 7:39:00 AM
Re: WiFi SchmiFi
As unpleasant as air travel can be at times, I find the vibration/bumpiness of the train to be sometimes unbearable.

Incidentally, one thing that a number of carriers -- train or plane -- don't seem to realize: What good is WiFi if you have nowhere to charge your device?!?!?!?
Pablo Valerio
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6/18/2014 | 5:43:37 AM
Re: WiFi SchmiFi
Joe, I find difficult to justify traveling by train if the trip takes more than four hours. Of course it is easier to work on a train than in an airplane, especially if you're flying couch (then it is impossible)

Now most airlines offer some kind of connectivity, but I found the best thing to do when flying is to read a book or try to sleep.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/16/2014 | 8:23:24 PM
Re: WiFi SchmiFi
Boston<->NYC may be a special case where train pricing is competitive with flight pricing, but certainly air travel is cheaper farther than that from Boston (Baltimore, DC, and farther).

Of course, the real deals are to be had on buses...but who wants to spend that long on a bus if you can help it?
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/16/2014 | 8:21:43 PM
Re: Plane or train? is Wifi really a factor?
WiFi is just the easiest, most palatable problem to solve in the transportation industry.  No one in the industry wants to think about -- much less acknowledge -- the real pain points for their customers.
MarciaNWC
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6/16/2014 | 7:30:01 PM
Re: Plane or train? is Wifi really a factor?
I wish we had the choice of train out here on the West Coast. Amtrak routes here are more for scenic leisurely trips than practical logistics.
PaulS681
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6/15/2014 | 9:21:40 AM
Re: WiFi SchmiFi
@Joe... How is air travel cheaper?? I'm sure it depends where you go but a train from Boston to NY is much less than a flight. You could argue it takes about the same time when you figure in how much time you have to put into just getting to the airport and going through security.
PaulS681
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6/15/2014 | 9:14:51 AM
Plane or train? is Wifi really a factor?
Is the decision to take a train or plane really based on which one has better wifi?

I think Amtrak should be commended on trying to improve it but they face some pretty understandable barriers. They are in competition with air travel obviously but I don't think people choose air travel because their wifi is better.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/15/2014 | 5:45:08 AM
Re: WiFi SchmiFi
Part of the issue, too, is that air travel is so much cheaper that (well, perhaps until recently, anyway, given all the obnoxious security measures you have to deal with these days) it is preferable to many travelers than train travel.

As for me...I prefer to drive, even if my car doesn't have WiFi.
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