“I’m on the plane” – calling and texting in the air

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The massed switching on of mobile phones as the plane lands may soon be a thing of the past. Travellers on Vodafone and Orange mobiles will be able to use them on aircraft within weeks, according to this article today. O2 and T-Mobile are already using OnAir, which provides mobile services to more than 20 airlines. Calls cost £2.50 a minute, and British Airways will introduce the system for its service from London City Airport to New York this summer.

OnAir is already available on 15,000 flights worldwide and it has observed that the highest volume of traffic is text and BlackBerry messages, but voice calls rise depending on the destination. The number of people using the system rises after one hour because passengers on short flights will wait until they land to call or send texts.

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