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Gogo Touts In-Flight Talk And Text, But Will The Plan Fly?

Gogo Touts In-Flight Talk And Text, But Will The Plan Fly?

The Federal Aviation Administration announced last month that it would permit the gate-to-gate use of smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other personal electronic devises on planes across the United States (with a few exceptions) as soon as each airline could demonstrate that its fleet was capable of tolerating the radio interference. Now, leading in-flight wireless company Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO) wants to push the envelope further with a new app that leverages the company’s Wi-Fi to enable in-flight texts and calls.

Gogo, which has already cornered the U.S. in-flight technology market, said passengers would be required to download an app from the Apple Store or Google Play to utilize the new Text & Talk program. Armed with the app, they could then use their own smartphone to send and receive text messages in real time from 30,000 feet while traveling in excess of 500 miles per hour.

“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,” Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief marketing officer, explained in an announcement.

ElDifrawi said any smartphone user could roam onto Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi system as if they were roaming onto a land-based cellular network and continue accessing their messaging and phone services on Gogo-equipped aircraft. Current in-flight connectivity partners include American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America, as well as more than 6,500 private and charter jets.

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