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

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.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Google, Mobility, Wi-Fi
10

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

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

10 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • When did Google have to start asking others for help?

    Just curious.
    Will Pharaoh
    • When did Google have to start asking others for help?

      @Will Pharaoh <br><br>Yeah, that's just not fair. Says the nayser.

      PS. In the spirit of open source, ask and you will receive.
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • Receive what?

        @Return_of_the_jedi
        A limited function cloud based tablet for the duration of the flight. Nice for free surfing, but why would a business traveler want Chrome when iPads are so much better?
        Cynical99
  • RE: Google, Virgin America partner to push ChromeBooks, free WiFi in the clouds (the real ones)

    Aww, your second paid "ad" passed off as a news article. Did they kiss you before putting the money on the dresser Paula?
    kyleoster
    • RE: Google, Virgin America partner to push ChromeBooks, free WiFi in the clouds (the real ones)

      @kyleoster I thought the article was useful. It might make me favour Virgin. Pity they don't offer it on their transatlantic flights.
      colinmeister
    • harsh criticism

      @kyleoster That's a bit harsh dont you think. Yeah she has to shill a bit since Google is "open" and so by definition better than Apple and M$.

      But of course, if chromebooks were so great, such publicity stunts wouldnt be needed. iPad didnt need gimmicks. I dont think Chrome books have a chance, but I dont care if they succeed either.
      otaddy
  • RE: Google, Virgin America partner to push ChromeBooks, free WiFi in the clouds (the real ones)

    Spybooks ?

    No thanks. Give them to all those idiots that are willing to tradeoff their privacy for convenience. They won't know the difference.
    bitrate
  • RE: Google, Virgin America partner to push ChromeBooks, free WiFi in the clouds (the real ones)

    What this blog doesn't mention is how much control Google is exacting over the <a href="http://www.demetgelinlik.com">gelinlikler</a> internet you and I use every day. They have control over mail services, video, etc. <a href="http://www.demetgelinlik.com">moda</a> This is clearly the next step in their plan. Google Dashboard lets each user control the content <a href="http://www.demetgelinlik.com">elbise modelleri</a>they provide as well as receive in each of these services. It's silly to say that <a href="http://www.havaperdesi.info">Hava Perdesi</a>Google+ is anything like Farmville, and it's already received so much hype and momentum in the media from it's invite-<a href="http://www.havaperdesi.info">Hava Perdeleri</a>only status during it's first few weeks: Google+ is quickly becoming the <a href="http://www.havaperdesi.info">Hava Perdesi Fiyatlari</a>new standard. People don't want to juggle multiple services, <a href="http://www.havaperdesi.co">Hava Perdeleri</a>they want to own each<a href="http://www.havaperdesi.co">Hava Perdesi Fiyatlari</a> service under a single platform, and that is what Google+ provides.<a href="http://www.havaperdesi.co">Hava Perdesi</a> This isn't kid's stuff, it's what's next.
    seocu
    • RE: blakepedersen

      Implement has numerous meanings according to the way you use it. In a noun form, this refers to an article or equipment which is use in some activity. http://www.implement.ca/

      An inch is a unit used in measuring length in a variety of systems like customary units of the United States and the Imperial units. Square inch and cubic inch are the units of area and volume respectively. http://www.inches.ca/

      According to a certain journal newspaper in Russia, the said nation had a significant increment of PC users annually. Dominantly for purposes of internet and computer printing purpose such as in work or home use printing. http://www.inktoner.ru/
      blakepedersen
  • RE: Google, Virgin America partner to push ChromeBooks, free WiFi in the clouds (the real ones)

    Somebody told me that buying a Chrome book is a waste of money,It would be better if I buy an iPad 2 or one of the better Android tablets or buy a lightweight laptop instead where I can enjoy both computer and the web apps world. Even if they offer this to other Virgin Airlines destination like in <a href="http://www.flightscanada.ca">flights Canada</a>, I don't think I'll buy the offer. I think Google is really trying hard to market chrome books which is as hard as marketing <a href="http://www.listingcondos.com">condos for sale</a>. Chrome book is facing a tough competition against the more popular iPad. But,It was never hard for me to choose the iPad over chrome books, choosing <a href="http://www.apartmentsforrentwinnipeg.com ">apartments for rent in Winnipeg</a> was harder.
    jessijan