So here I am, after around 30 hours from usual Internet Activity, back online (Article written originally on the 9th of January 2015) ; but from a quite different place. I am on board an Emirates A-380 flight bound for Mauritius from Dubai (EK 701) and I am enjoying and testing the complimentary WiFi service provided on board. This article will be a little walk-through of the service, a quick test and some comments. The whole of this article was written using that service except for minor changes noted when I touched ground and after a good post-tiresome-delayed-flight. – and if my battery does not drain out after usage at the Airport. The tests and screenshots were conducted and taken on the flight itself. I resumed the tests on my return trip.
Emirates, an airline with the UAE as its home, has been serving Mauritius with its A-380’s since October 2014  and is now offering two flights daily to Dubai . Being among the leaders in aviation, Emirates decided to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity on board its flight with the collaboration of Switz’s based OnAir.
Annoncement by Emirates on its homepage
Well let’s connect from 30,000 miles above sea level
As from the 1st of September 2013, all mauritian mobile phone numbers moved from 7 digits to 8 digits with a ‘5’ at the start of the number. This targets all subscribers of Orange Mauritius, Emtel, MTML/Chilli and all devices that uses the GSM protocol to communicate. Explained as a means to increase the capacity of the number allocation system as “we will soon be lacking numbers”, this decision has had mixed reactions from the population as a whole. For some, nothing great has changed whereas for others, that has had a huge impact on their way of life. In this post i will try to enumerate the problems faced together with solutions and suggestions.
Press ‘5’ to continue…
Imagine yourself in one of these situations; You are on the road, traffic jam and you badly need to connect to the Internet on your laptop… You are at home; there’s a power cut and you need an Internet Connection on your laptop but your router does not have backup battery.. How on Earth can you connect to the Internet ?? There exist Mobile Internet USB dongle, but the rains pouring outside, and you do not have a new SIM card to insert in the dongle. BUT !! You have a smartphone ! that already has a data plan or that can connect to the Internet and that very smartphone has a Wi-Fi antenna. Can you browse the Internet using your mobile phone as access point ?? Read on 😉