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Gogo Unveils NextGen Text & Talk Application for Airline Passengers

Airlines & Airports | American Airlines | James Shillinglaw | November 10, 2013

Gogo Unveils NextGen Text & Talk Application for Airline Passengers

Gogo, which dominates the wireless in-flight digital communications market, will now offer new Text & Talk technology. The new service leverages Gogo's in-flight Wi-Fi system to allow passengers to send text messages and make phone calls using their own smartphone much like they do on the ground.

To use Gogo Text & Talk, passengers will be required to download an App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Once they have the App, they will be able to send and receive text messages in real time from 30,000 feet traveling in excess of 500 miles-per-hour.

Gogo's Text & Talk application serves as an extension of a GSM or CDMA cellular network without the need to install picocells, which is a small cellular station that is often installed on planes to deliver similar services. This enables smart phone users to roam onto Gogo's in-flight Wi-Fi system as if they were roaming onto a land-based cellular network where they can continue to access their messaging and phone services anywhere a Gogo-equipped aircraft flies.

Gogo’s in-flight connectivity partners include American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Scoot and US Airways.

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