Gogo, the in-flight WiFi service, is rolling out the ability to make phone calls and send/receive text messages while in the air. The calls and text messages take place through Gogo’s new Talk & Text service. The Gogo Talk & Text service has to be used through the company’s iOS or upcoming Android app. The app will use the phone’s own number so people can still contact you in the normal way. This feature is not available on consumer flights yet. It should be launching by the end of this year or the first quarter of 2014 on commercial airlines.
“While we see this as more of a text messaging product for commercial airlines in the United States, the phone functionality is something that some international air carriers and our business aviation customers are asking for,” stated Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief marketing officer..
Gogo has not announced the pricing strategy for the new service yet. However, they will be launching the service as a separate package offering than currency Internet connectivity packages.