Aircell (NASDAQ: GOGO) reported its Gogo Biz service will expand to include voice capabilities, beginning October 1st. Gogo Biz was originally launched in 2009 as an Internet-only service in the business aviation market.
Because Gogo Biz operates on Aircell´s air-to-ground technology, its voice calls are among the clearest in aviation on par with mobile phone calls on the ground. As a “two-in-one” service, Gogo Biz offers Internet and voice capabilities from a single system, which can eliminate the need for separate systems, dramatically reducing equipment requirements and installation costs.
In flight, passengers and flight crews can use the new Gogo Biz voice capabilities on their own smartphones and/or with Aircell´s new cabin handsets.
Gogo Text & Talk operates over Wi-Fi technology (not cellular) and uses the passenger´s own mobile number (not an auto-attendant, two-step dialing or call-forwarding protocol). Because the service is 100% software-based, it can be added to any standard Gogo Biz equipment package without additional hardware, weight or installation downtime. This makes Gogo Text & Talk practical for aircraft as small as light jets and turboprops while being hundreds of thousands of dollars less expensive than traditional, picocell-based solutions, which offer similar capabilities.
Aircell, a Gogo company, is a provider of in-flight connectivity equipment and services to the business aviation market. The company´s website is at www.aircell.com and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aircellbizav.