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Inflight texting and calling arrives with new Gogo app

on November 9, 2013

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Gogo(s gogo) wants to make its inflight Wi-Fi services useful for more than just checking email and posting to Facebook(s fb). The mid-air ISP earlier this week announced a service with Glympse that allows passengers to share their locations in the skies, but on Friday it unveiled a voice calling and SMS service that could overcome both the technical barriers and social taboos preventing us from communicating wirelessly in the clouds.

Phone calls and SMS typically rely on cellular networks, which we’re still banned from accessing when the plane’s door closes. But Gogo has developed a way to route those calls and texts over its inflight Wi-Fi networks and then through the CDMA and satellite-based systems that link planes to the ground. You can think of it of like the VoIP calling apps many carriers offer as an extension to their regular cellular voice services – for instance T-Mobile’s(s…

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