Google Chromebooks taking off with Virgin America

Summary:Virgin America is already known for gifting free Wi-Fi once in a while, usually around the holidays. Now the San Francisco-based carrier is bringing full-on computers to its flyers - specifically Google Chromebooks.

This certainly brings new meaning to the term "cloud computing." Virgin America is already known for gifting free Wi-Fi once in a while, usually around the holidays. Now the San Francisco-based carrier is bringing full-on computers to its flyers - specifically Google Chromebooks.

Between July 1 to September 30, select VA flights stemming from San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Boston, and Chicago will offer Chromebooks with free Wi-FI for passengers to try out. Naturally, participants in this promo just have to return the Chromebook to the airline staff upon arrival.

Additionally, in case it's not available on the plane, the following airports will be hosting "Chrome Zones" (which sounds more like some 90s kids game show on Nickelodeon) with Chromebook kiosks near departure gates: Dallas Fort-Worth, Chicago O'Hare, Boston and, of course, VA's spectacular new, eco-friendly terminal hub in San Francisco.

There is an opportunity for VA customers (or anyone with a Facebook account) to win a Google Chromebook. Those interested must sign up on Virgin America's Facebook page by July 20 for a chance not only to win one of Google's new netbooks, but also a trip to New York City and...more free Wi-Fi.

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Networking, Wi-Fi

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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