Posted on: 10 December 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Satcom1’s AvioPhone system has been updated to allow passengers to use their own SIM card and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) number while flying.
The new AvioPhone GSM app, activated by SMS validation, means that when passengers with mobile US and European phone GSM numbers place a call from the aircraft to any phone on the ground (fixed or mobile line), their own GSM number will be displayed. Likewise, the GSM number remains active during the flight, so passengers are able able to receive calls from the ground.
The new Aviophone app is currently being tested as a beta version by a group of customers and is expected to be commercially available in Q1 2015. Soon afterwards, Satcom1 anticipate mobile number integration for the Gulf region.
Previously, the Aviophone system only allowed passengers to use personal devices for voice calls via an aircraft internet connection by installing an additional picocell system on top of the Satcom Data Unit.Using Satcom1 as a service provider, the app is based on the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband system (consisting of Honeywell, Cobham, Thales and Rockwell Collins Satcom Data Units) and requires a router with AvioIP software installed.