Google, Virgin America partner to push ChromeBooks, free WiFi in the clouds (the real ones)

Summary:With its Chrome OS getting a slow liftoff, Google has turned to Sir Richard Branson for help.Google has partnered with Virgin America on a special promotion called "Get In The Chrome Zone" that runs from July 1 through September 30.

With its Chrome OS getting a slow liftoff, Google has turned to Sir Richard Branson for help.

Google has partnered with Virgin America on a special promotion called "Get In The Chrome Zone" that runs from July 1 through September 30.

As part of the deal, business travelers can try out a ChromeBook on select flights from San Francisco, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Boston and Chicago at no cost.  Interested flyers can access a ChromeBook at departing gates at those airport's Chrome Kiosks and test it out -- as well as Virgin's free WiFi -- on their flights free of charge.

"The next time you take off with us, spend your flight in the cloud," the promotion quipped.  "Take it for a spin at 35,000 feet and get around with free WiFi."

The promotion also highliughts Virgin America's new Chrome App.

"Looking for a change of scenery? Gear up for upcoming trips or get inspired for your next adventure with Virgin America Traveler, our new Chrome app featuring local content by UrbanDaddy," according to the promotion web page. "Starting this July, you can check out a Chromebook to try the app onboard, or download it from the Chrome Web Store to get packed and on your way with a few clicks."

Only catch is you have to hand it back to the "Chrome staff waiting for you" upon landing. 

And what else is expected of you on the ground is unknown.  I'm sure a few questions about your experience are involved, but shouldn't be as bad as a time-share sell.

Topics: Google, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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Paula Rooney has covered the software and technology industry for more than 20 years, starting with semiconductor design and mini-computer systems at EDN News and later focused on PC software companies including Microsoft, Lotus, Oracle, Red Hat, Novell and other open source and commercial software companies for CRN and PCWeek. She receiv... Full Bio

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