(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – In the near future, smartphone users will be able to send and receive text messages and phone calls while 30,000 ft in the air thanks to Gogo’s newest in-flight technology.
Gogo’s Text & Talk technology uses air-to-ground connectivity by transmitting the information through the aircraft’s Wi-Fi network. This system works by having users download a companion app
Users who download a “companion” app, which serves as an extension of cellular networks, can freely use their smartphones as if they were on land.
More than 6,000 aircrafts have integrated this technology within their systems. Among these are American Airlines, United, Virgin America, and Delta.
Gogo’s VP of product, Brad Jaehn, told CNET earlier that “the service will launch on commercial flights in the first quarter of 2014, with the rest of this year spent on further development and testing.”
Google and Apple are currently the only devices capable of using the Text & Talk technology. Gogo hopes to expand its service to Microsoft devices in the near future.