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Southwest Airlines to provide onboard Wi-Fi

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines is on its way to providing in-flight Wi-Fi access on all of its aircraft.

The airlines and Internet Wi-Fi service provider Row 44 have plans to roll out the program in the first quarter of 2010.

Southwest has been testing the service on four aircraft since February 2009. Customers have been using the service for many applications during the testing phase, including e-mail and streaming video.

Southwest has tested a variety of price points for the service and will continue testing price points through the end of 2009.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines and Atlanta-based Delta Airlines already offer onboard Wi-Fi service on some of its aircraft, and Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways says it'll begin offering service next year.