BMI says OK to Mobile Use on Planes... But No Calls, Please!
According to Silicon.Com, almost "half of all airlines plan to offer in-flight mobile phone connectivity for passengers by the end of 2008", with a majority of 59% of airlines planning to offer internet and email access by the end of this year (Airline IT Trends Survey).
So when should we expect to have this here in the UK? Well, it's already happening. BMI sets the trend here in Great Britain as the first British airline to allow passengers to use their mobile phones on planes, joining forces with in-flight mobile tech company OnAir in a 6 month trial, specifically for the LHR and Moscow route, until other routes adopt this 'later this year'.
But... there is one caveat: you cannot make any calls. Nope, for real. According to Which?:
BMI will only allow passengers to use mobile phones to text or to access the internet. The price of texts or internet access will be set by the customer’s mobile operator and will be in line with their roaming charges.
I suppose being able to text pepople and browse the web with a ridiculously slow and inconsistent GPRS signal would still be more entertaining than crushing your legs in economy.