Aircell Unveils In-Flight Calling and Texting for Personal Smartphones [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aircell, a provider of in-flight connectivity equipment and services to the business aviation market, announced that its Gogo Biz service will expand to include voice capabilities, beginning October 1.
Gogo Biz was originally launched in 2009 as an Internet-only service in the business aviation market.
According to a release, because Gogo Biz operates on Aircell's air-to-ground technology, its voice calls are among the clearest in aviation on par with mobile phone calls on the ground. As a "two-in- one" service, Gogo Biz offers Internet and voice capabilities from a single system, which can eliminate the need for separate systems, dramatically reducing equipment requirements and installation costs.
Aircell said that in flight, passengers and flight crews can use the new Gogo Biz voice capabilities on their own smartphones and/or with the company's new cabin handsets, as detailed below:
Gogo Text & Talk is an exclusive new service that allows passengers to use their own smartphones for calling and texting in flight with their own mobile number.
It's easy to use because it mimics the native features and operation of the passenger's smartphone. Passengers can use their own contact lists and hands-free devices. Features like Caller ID and call histories are supported. Calling someone in flight is as simple as dialing their number.
Gogo noted that Text & Talk is a game-changing service because it operates over Wi-Fi technology (not cellular) and uses the passenger's own mobile number (not an auto-attendant, two-step dialing or call-forwarding protocol). Because the service is 100 percent software-based, it can be added to any standard Gogo Biz equipment package without additional hardware, weight or installation downtime. This makes Gogo Text & Talk practical for aircraft as small as light jets and turboprops while being hundreds of thousands of dollars less expensive than traditional, picocell- based solutions, which offer similar capabilities.
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