Southwest Joining In-flight Wi-Fi Crowd

Southwest Airlines is joining the in-flight Wi-Fi crowd thanks to a deal it struck with Row 44. The airline plans to begin adding Wi-Fi service to its planes soon, and expects to finish equipping its entire fleet by early 2010.

Instead of using GoGo's 3G-based service like many other airlines, Southwest will offer satellite-based Internet access through Row 44.

Southwest seems to have a pretty good idea when it will complete its Wi-Fi rollout, but doesn't yet know how much in-flight service will cost travelers.

"We're still testing a variety of price points on the four aircraft that currently have wi-fi," said Southwest's David Ridley on the company's blog. "We'll have a decision on price in the second quarter of 2010."