Emirates Wi-Fi review

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traveller99

Member since 18 Nov 2015

Total posts 110

I recently flew Sydney to Dubai and Dubai to London.


The inflight Wi-Fi is pretty much absolutely useless other than the most basic of email on your phone.

Forget about trying to do email on your computer.  Doesn't work.

And forget about browsing any websites.

The only thing that worked was the most basic functions on a phone eg iMessage, Whatsapp and basic email.

Mal

Member since 14 Jun 2013

Total posts 109

The problem with Emirates WiFi is that it's free, so everybody jumps onto it. I find it's much more usable if you get on at the start of the flight while everybody else is checking out the inflight movies or having their meal, or during the 'late night' or 'early morning' portion of the flight when everybody else is asleep.

nixjet

Member since 03 Jan 2013

Total posts 24

I used it SYD-BKK and had no problem - using my iPhone for web browsing, iMessage and Messenger. I opted for the free offering - 2 hours and 10mb. It was fine for my needs. Beyond that there's paid options starting for as little as $1.  Don't expect high-bandwidth speed.

traveller99

Member since 18 Nov 2015

Total posts 110

But it was totally unusable.  Not even email worked on a laptop.  The most was iMessage and Whatsapp.  They may as well not have it.  

Agreed that the problem is that it's free for 10MB then just $1 for 500MB.  I'd happily pay $20 to get decent speeds.  I don't need ground broadband speeds, just half decent reliable speeds.

MrDamage

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 May 2017

Total posts 5

I used it regularly SYD/BKK. It comes and goes just don't expect stellar speeds. Perfectly fine for IMs (Whatsapp) and I have even had a Whatsapp call go through, it was passable for a quick chat but choppy and droppy. Outlook works fine just slow. I wouldn't plan to rely on it and web browsing is painful especially on sites that require a tonne of bandwidth.

MrDamage

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 May 2017

Total posts 5

Posting this from EK418 off the eastern coast of Thailand. Ausbt is pretty snappy on an iPhone!!

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