World’s first airborne smartphone launching later this year

Posted: March 25, 2011 by Emma Dibdin in News
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by Emma Dibdin

Is there anything more irritating for a journalist than needing desperately to make a crucial phone call, or file that copy before end of play, and being held back by something as petty as altitude? It’s a common pitfall of the professional globetrotting lifestyle, but US company Aircell may just have found the solution.

As reported in the Independent today, the new Aircell Smartphone offers all the features of a smartphone, but is specifically designed for use onboard an aircraft. The phone’s features include:

– Android operating system

– Access to apps

– 3.8″ diagonal touch screen

– Bluetooth access

The device is designed for business travellers, which according to the Indy may means it’ll be a while before it’s available anywhere other than on a private jet.

In-flight wifi access is still something of a rarity, particularly for international flights. Most airlines currently only offer internet access via a GPS connection, which can’t cater to the high-bandwidth demands of a smartphone.

So while this is a step in the right direction, it looks as though it’ll be a while before the common man – or journalist – gets their hands on one of these airborne smarties.


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