Aircell launches next-generation cabin handset

Inflight connectivity provider, Aircell, has unveiled Smartphone, a next-generation cabin handset designed specifically for business aircraft.
With intuitive, menu driven features, the Aircell Smartphone allows passengers to place and receive voice calls aboard business aircraft as easily and conveniently as they do with mobile phones on the ground. In addition, its flexible Android OS platform sets the stage for a nearly unlimited set of rich-media features and functions in the future.
Among a host of groundbreaking capabilities, Aircell claim that Smartphone will provide the best voice quality in aviation through a number of embedded technologies and design features. At 3.8” diagonally, the bright, colour touchscreen display is the largest telephony device in the aviation industry, exceeding the size of most consumer smartphones on the market.
“The result of extensive industrial design and human factors study, the Aircell Smartphone epitomizes the notion of next-generation inflight communications,” said John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice president and general manager, Business Aviation Services. “We’ve received extraordinary feedback from all corners of the industry on this achievement, and we look forward to bringing it to market later this year.”
The Aircell Smartphone will be backward-compatible with all Aircell Axxess communications systems currently in production, and available as a drop-in replacement for the company’s flush-mount handset. It will also be fully compatible with the forthcoming Gogo Biz Voice service via the ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 systems.

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