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March 21, 2011

Stay Connected Even While Flying with InFlightMessenger.com

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Individuals and business men spend a lot of time with their mobile phones and feel lost without it, especially when they have to switch off their mobiles during a flight. Imagine their plight then if they have to fly for more than 24 hours without using the mobile! Well, they can heave a sigh of relief as InFlight Labs LLC has plans that will to some extent alleviate the rather sticky situation.

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InFlight Labs LLC, empathizing with its fellow passengers, has announced the first ever advanced in-flight messaging service for use during air travel and on the ground. This powerful tool will allow those aboard the aircraft to stay connected with 25 business associates or family and friends while in-flight.

 The availability of this innovative new online service called InFlight Messenger uses the aircraft's WiFi (News - Alert) Internet connection to provide passengers with real-time two-way communications while in-flight. InFlightMessenger.com integrates all the best features found with text messaging tools and instant messengers to create a unique experience for subscribers -- advanced, real-time communication while in the air.

Support for the iPad is in the offing but as of now subscribers can use their laptops to access InFlight Messenger's simple Web interface. They can send and receive unlimited text messages through this interface and even when the aircraft is at an altitude of 30,000 feet, it just takes four to seven seconds to send a message. Any cell phone in the United States is capable of receiving such messages.

The Message History function and the Text Message Calendar are two other services that InFlight Messenger offers. Users can send text reminders to individuals at any time and replies will be forwarded directly to the subscriber's cell phone, even if the user is not logged in.

According to Tiffany Van Alst, head of strategic alliances for InFlight Labs, LLC, "This powerful tool offers the ability to send messages to groups of up to 25 persons at one time. It also provides the means to maintain text conversations in the air -- it's a powerful tool for business productivity, as well as for personal communication. InFlight Messenger will be an added incentive for passengers to sign-up for InFlight WiFi services from companies GoGo InFlight and Row 44."

InFlight Messenger will be priced at $1 for a 30-Day Pass and $1.99 for a 90-Day Pass of unlimited use. Currently, customers can sign up free of charge for this new service by visiting the InFlight Web site. 




Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell