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Delta Airlines launches Gogo

Delta Airlines are launching the Gogo inflight Internet service on their US internal flights. It can only work on internal flights as Aircell (who run the network) used a ground based transmission network. The system acts as an inflight WiFi hotspot. VPN corporate access is allowed, but VoIP services are blocked (which probably means the […]

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BMI ditches paper plane tickets for MMS

BMI has become the latest airline to consider ditching paper tickets for a mobile equivalent. According to the Glasgow Daily Record. The paper says the airline is trying a new system which works by sending a barcode to a passenger’s handset over MMS, which is then scanned at the boarding gate as well as when […]

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No talking please, we’re on a plane

Who really wants to be able to use mobile phones on planes? It seems not as many of us as the airlines might be hoping, according to a new survey commissioned by Yahoo. The research found that nearly three out of four people questioned wanted in-air mobile phone use restricted to silent features like SMS. […]

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Air New Zealand goes for in-flight SMS

Europe gave the thumbs up for mobile usage on planes, after Emirates, Continental Airlines and Qantas decided to introduce the service. Now, it seems, New Zealand is next in line. According to the New Zealand Herald, the Kiwi’s national carrier is planning to introduce an in-flight texting service. Meanwhile, several reports have highlighted that despite […]

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Europe give go-ahead for mobiles on planes

After Ofcom decided to allow mobiles on planes last month, the EC said it’s paving the way for more of the same from other European Union member states. The era of pan-European in-flight mobility will be ushered in by two measures announced by the EC this week: a “Commission Recommendation for a harmonised approach on […]

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Ofcom gives green light to mobiles on UK planes

If you’ve been reading the news about Emirates and Qantas’ launches of in-flight mobile access and wondering when such mile-high talk and text would be coming to the UK, Ofcom has the answer. The regulator has announced that it will permit mobiles in aircraft as long as the airline has the backing of either the […]

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Qantas opens up SMS and email for Aussie flyers

Just days after Emirates announced plans to offer in-flight mobile connectivity, Qantas has revealed its going ahead with a plan to provide passengers with SMS and e-mail functionality on planes, also using Aeromobile kit. The launch follows a trial which finished earlier this year. During 2008, Qantas will start rolling out the service on some […]

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In-flight mobile calls take off with Emirates

The world has finally got its first commercial in-flight mobile service, thanks to Emirates and supplier AeroMobile. Emirates saw its first call on flight EK751, on a plane travelling between Dubai and Casablanca yesterday. According to AeroMobile, it’s the first time that voice calls have been allowed on commercial airline flights, after the European Aviation […]