Soon, You'll Be Able to Text Your Friends from an Air New Zealand SkyCouch
It seems like the smarter our phones get, the less actual calling we do. And Air New Zealand seems to have figured this out, since they will be adding the ability to text, email and otherwise use your smartphone normally onboard their new Boeing 777-300s later this year. Except you can't make any voice calls.
This is in addition to Air New Zealand's coming long-haul in-flight WiFi on the new 777s, and the SkyCouch seats, so you could pretty much hold business as usual from your seats. Don't get too excited however; you'll still be paying international roaming on your phone bill, just as if you were on the ground in another country and texting and emailing away. And data roaming abroad can be a real pain in the arse.
For those wondering how they'll ever sleep on an Air New Zealand long-haul flight again, what with everyone receiving Blackberry messages and texts to their iPhones...don't worry. Air New Zealand flight crew will request that everyone who does wish to take advantage of the new technology keep their phones on silent mode.
· Air NZ plans to let u text, email n fly - but quietly [Reuters]
· Check out Air New Zealand's New SkyCouch and Premium Economy Seats--in Video! [Jaunted]
· Phone Home from Oman Air [Jaunted]
· In-Flight Cell Phones news [Jaunted]
[AirNZ plane photo: griffs0000]