Virgin Atlantic to offer full mobile phone use in the sky

14 May 2012

Bitterwallet - Virgin Atlantic If there’s one thing missing from the flight experience it’s the ability to use your mobile phone to its fullest capacity. How are we meant to function as human beings while cooped up inside a giant iron bird if we’re not allowed to make calls, send texts and surf the net on our beloved handsets?

Thankfully, Virgin Atlantic feel our pain and are about to become the first airline in the UK to offer full mobile access in the air. Their new Airbus A330 planes will be equipped with the technology that will allow us to do all that stuff that will inevitably annoy our fellow passengers. Wahoo!

If you’re travelling between London and New York with Virgin in the near future, you’ll be able to try out the new, ‘improved’ options for your phone, with it appearing on 17 planes on 10 routes by the end of the year. But there’ll be some snags – phone use will be banned on take-off and landing (and the phone service will be switched off when the plane is 400km from the US) and your enjoyment of it all could be ruined by limited bandwidth.

Sounds like a delicious juicy frustration pie for everyone concerned then….

TOPICS:   Travel   Mobile

11 comments

  • klingelton
    utterly pointless.
  • Spencer
    Now we can update our Facebook status mid-air... just over Atlantic. Still over Atlantic. Still over Atlantic. Just had airline food. Still over Atlantic. Had a poo. Still over Atlantic..... I can't wait...
  • Dom J.
    YES, I'M ON A PLANE. YES, OVER THE ATLANTIC. YES, ON A PLANE.
  • Spencer
    I CAN'T HEAR YOU. YOU KEEP BREAKING UP. YOUR WHERE?
  • P C.
    Will this now allow you to detonate an IED?
  • Sawyer
    I would've thought some of the other snags would include international calling rates and the fact that only O2 and Vodafone customers will be able to use it until a deal is agreed with the other networks.
  • ThayGuy
    Wer ma keys Wer ma phone
  • Marky M.
    Thanks for the warning. I'll go on any airline that DOESN'T allow use of mobiles.
  • Chewbacca
    Imagine trying to get some shut-eye whith some noxious cretin blabbering on for hours on end about some utter pish. I'd be tempted to ram the fucking thing down their throat. Bad idea, and air-rage beckons.
  • Kenneth N.
    Try using ya mobile sitting on a plane next to me, gaw on, I fecking dare ya. I'll ram a fecking knife in your eye socket.
  • Dick
    Why do they do this shit, instead of concentrating on things people really want? Like wanking booths?

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