Itasca, IL.- In the past, using mobile phones and similar devices during flights were forbidden because of potential disruption of the airplane’s communication system, but thanks to a new in-flight text and call service by Gogo, the in-flight Internet provider, mobile phones can now be used safely while in the air.
Though only available for business users for the moment, the app, which is available for downloading at the Apple App Sotre of Google Play, allows users to send and receive text messages in real time from 30,000 feet traveling in excess of 500 miles-per-hour.
“Gogo Text & Talk is just one more way Gogo is keeping airline passengers connected to their lives on the ground. While we see this as more of a text messaging product for commercial airlines in the United States, the phone functionality is something that some international air carriers and our business aviation customers are asking for,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief marketing officer.
According to ElDifrawi, the new technology doesn’t require the installment of any new equipment on aicrafts. “We have already launched the service with some of our business aviation customers and we are talking with our commercial airline partners about launching the service for their passengers.”
Airlines using the Gogo in-flight service include Virgin America, American Airlines, Delta, U.S. Airways, AirTran, Frontier, United and Alaska Airlines.