Samsung and Gogo have teamed up in a novel alliance to provide a year (36 flights) of free in-flight Internet access to buyers of any of the following tablets:
* Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (starts at $700)
* Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 (starts at $600)
* Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (starts at $450)
* Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (starts at $370)
Passengers with any of the above Samsung tablets can initiate web access by launching their browsers on any Gogo equipped flight and be directed to a special landing page that will grant them Internet access.
Gogo executives say tablets are a popular in-flight web access device, accounting for 34% of all devices accessing its service.
Gogo costs $14 for an all-day Internet pass and $5 for one-hour (domestic flights).
The Samsung tablet promotion looks like good value for frequent fliers, particularly on long-haul international flights.
But it's unclear if the free in-flight Internet access promotion will spur purchase of Samsung tablets since Apple's iPads are more popular with consumers.
Market researcher Gartner estimated that 70.40 million iPads were sold in 2013 versus 37.41 Samsung tablets.
Gogo is launching a contest on March 25, 2014 on Facebook to promote the new program. Winners get a Samsung Pro series tablet. Try your luck at www.facebook.com/gogo.
Gogo's in-flight Internet service is available on 2,000 commercial aircraft including on flights operated by Aeromexico, American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.