Singapore Airlines launches in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile phone services

Singapore Airlines launches in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile phone services

In-flight connectivity is now available on 14 aircraft
Excuses like "Sorry I didn't respond to your e-mail, I was on a flight" are slowly becoming obsolete.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) passengers can now use their mobile phones and the Internet -- even on long-haul flights between Singapore and Newark and Los Angeles. 

Following a recent soft launch on a limited number of aircraft, In-Flight Connectivity is now available on 14 aircraft, including the Airbus A340-500s used on its United States' flights. 

This means -- for a fee, of course -- travelers can use the Internet on their computers or iPads, send and receive e-mails on smartphones and other electronic devices, and send and receive SMS text messages with GSM-compatible mobile phones.

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Through a partnership with OnAir, the technology will be rolled out across all of SIA’s long-haul Airbus A380-800, A340-500 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over the next two years.

Promotional price plans are available on the flights with in-flight connectivity at a cost of US$25 for 30 megabytes of data and US$10 for 10 megabytes of data.

Other airlines already offering Wi-Fi and mobile services to their passengers on international flights include British Airways, Thai Airways, Oman Air, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Lufthansa, Saudi Arabian Airlines, EgyptAir, Libyan Airlines, AirAsia, TAM, Aeroflot, Air New Zealand, TAP Portugal and Emirates.

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