Virgin Atlantic is soon to allow passengers on its London to New York route to make phone calls, send and receive text messages, as well as accessing emails and using a basic internet access via GPRS. The system is like having a telecoms base station on the plane relaying the signals to a satellite or land-based system without interfering with the aircraft’s instruments.
The system for O2 and Vodaphone subscribers will only allow 10 users simultaneously and will bill the customers for international roaming charges.
I think I can wait to get back on the ground before I make a call.
More details on the new service can be found here: