Emirates A380 In-Flight Wifi

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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 [1] and is now offering two flights daily to Dubai [2]. 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

Annoncement by Emirates on its homepage

Well let’s connect from 30,000 miles above sea level :)

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Orange Mauritius Mobile Internet Packages

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Since long, I was looking for some ‘real’ saver-packages provided by mobile phone providers in Mauritius. By real, I  mean those which will make you take make the best out of your mobile but at little cost (call, sms, and data). Especially today, with the advent of Internet connected services and the huuugge library of apps that require Internet connections. Recently, I had a issue whereby somebody with only some minutes of Whatsapp conversation over data connection, had Rs.30+ of mobile credit deducted. I thought to myself, is it that expensive? If yes, then this would slow-down the rise of Internet-Connected services both at developers’ side and users’-side.

Even if I often and always criticize Customer Services, note that the Customer Services responded kindly and explained to me clearly what was eating up the credit and all and did not mind to keep on replying my emails. Thanks buddy

Then, I came across an advert by Orange Mauritius whereby they are offering packages with SMS, data and unlimited Facebook and decided to write this article.

So, in this article; I will be touching the following points;

  1. Are the packages offered by Orange Mauritius ‘real’ (as mentioned above?)
  2. How to make the best out of those existing packages and save money you spend on mobile credit.

So, let’s go !

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Wi-Fi Tethering – Use your mobile as Wi-Fi access point

wifiImagine 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 😉

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