Aircell Announces New Android Airphone
Aircell, an in-flight communications provider, will be releasing an in-cabin, Android-based handset in late 2011. The airphone will target business users who like the option of staying connected. Aircell claims that their airphone will offer better sound quality than your typical land-line or land-based mobile phone. Aircell chose Android for it’s ease of use and current popularity amongst mainstream callers. Although we do not currently know the details of the airphone (e.g. processor, memory, or software), we do know that it will be powerful enough for your typical multimedia use.
The phone will be equipped with a 3.8-inch touchscreen, allowing for a pleasant toy to play with during your flight. The futuristic airphone also comes with a standard 3.5mm audio jack and supports a hands-free Bluetooth headset. The phone will run on Aircell’s ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 in-flight communication systems, through their Gogo Biz Voice service. We cannot cite specific average download/upload speeds as many variables come into factor. Whether the plane is full or empty, the plane’s altitude, and the location will all be factors determining data speeds. There is currently no information about the cost of use for business travelers.