Sunday, September 25, 2005

Cellphones-on-planes era poised to begin

European aeroplane passengers will be able to make cellphone calls during flights as early as 2006, with wireless internet following closely behind

European aeroplane passengers will be able to make cellphone calls during flights as early as 2006, with wireless internet following closely behind, according to two major European airlines.

British Midland Airways (BMI) and TAP Air Portugal announced on Tuesday that they will be the first to permit passengers to talk, text and surf the web using their cellphones through an on-board call-routing system called a pico-cell.

Trials of the system, made by OnAir in Geneva, Switzerland, will begin towards the end of 2006 on selected Airbus flights out of London Heathrow, UK, according to Nigel Turner, BMI chief executive officer. They will be available on an unspecified selection of TAP Air Portugal flights at around the same time.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

<< Home