by Seyi Lawal
Have you ever wondered when technology will come of age, allowing us to finally make a phone call using our mobiles on a long distance flight? Well, the time is here thanks to Virgin Atlantic.
The airline has announced passengers will soon be able to use their mobile phones while flying with the airline. Courtesy its new Aeromobile initiative, passengers will be able to use their own mobiles for around the same price as it costs to roam abroad.
On the Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330s, mobiles will automatically connect to the aircraft’s own network, which ensures there’s no interference to its on-board electronics.
Passengers will need to activate international roaming on their handsets and the device must be switched off for takeoff and landing. As well as making calls and texts, BlackBerry users will be able to receive emails for a little extra charge, though the airline recommends other smartphone users turn data roaming off so as to avoid racking up the pounds.
Critics wonder how this new technology will work considering the long standing rule [on no-phone use] but Virgin Atlantic asserts that there’s no risk to the aircraft and hopes to have Aeromobile in place on 13 aircraft by the end of 2012.