Email and SMS to be popular in-flight activities?

By Derek Sooman on June 21, 2005, 9:21 AM
Travelling in the air may well be a quieter affair than expected, when more planes become mobile-enabled, it has been revealed. Analysts have predicted that most people are interested in using data services such as email and SMS, rather than voice functionality, whilst flying.

Of the 50,000 people quizzed by the research firm, 11 per cent were in favour of using their mobiles on planes for voice calls - whether throughout an aircraft or in special mobile areas - and 64 per cent gave the thumbs up to accessing data services on their phones. IDC also found the most popular data application would be sending text messages.

This new data trend will not only be good news for the carriers - both the operators and the airlines - but also for phone makers, by encouraging demand for smart phones, the analyst house predicts.

However, we could be looking at a minimum of one year before in-flight chat is a reality.

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