Through Gogo’s new Text and Talk service, it has become possible to text and even talk while on flights.
The news, which was announced Friday by Gogo, indicated that those who wished to have the ability to text or talk while flying should download the Gogo Biz app. They will also have to buy a software key, and use that key to activate the Gogo Biz the app when they are connected to to the plane’s WiFi. Your phone still has to be in airplane mode, and this will only work on planes that currently support in-flight WiFi and are above 10,000 feet in the air. But, still, it beats the ridiculous amounts airlines charge for their built-in phones.
The emphasis right now is on texting and, according to CNET, texting with Gogo Biz works perfectly while calls are still iffy. “There is strong demand for this service and the ability to text in flight,” Brad Jaehn said to NBC. Brad is Gogo’s vice president and added that, “we think a lot of our users will want to have the option to text while in flight.”
I can definitely see the benefit of being able to text in flight, especially when on a long flight and for the more business-oriented person. I am hoping that they only leave it a texting though, because the idea of hearing dozens of people on their phone, talking, while in an airplane, which can already be a stressful situation for some, is not that appealing.
There is no word yet on how much the software key will cost. And it isn’t entirely clear if Gogo Biz allows for free phone calls and texts vis-a-vis VoIP or if it charges per minute or if it uses your phone carrier’s billing/plan system. Hopefully we will learn more in the near future.