InFlight Labs introduces inflight text messaging via Wi-Fi

InFlight Labs announced the availability of a new online service called InFlight Messenger that makes use of an aircraft's Wi-Fi connection to provide airline passengers with real-time two-way communications while in-flight.

Using a laptop or iPad (support for the iPad will be coming soon), subscribers can access InFlight Messenger's web interface and send and receive unlimited text messages. Messages can be sent to any cell phone in the U.S. and up to 25 mobile phones at once.

Features of the service include a message history function and a text message calendar that allows users to include appointments, events and schedules.

Tiffany Van Alst, head of strategic alliances with InFlight Labs, said in a release that the company believes "InFlight Messenger will be an added incentive for passengers to sign-up for InFlight Wi-Fi services from companies GoGo InFlight and Row 44."

InFlight Messenger will be priced at $1 for a 30-day pass and $1.99 for a 90-day pass of unlimited use. Customers can sign up free of charge for this new service by visiting www.InFlightMessenger.com.

For more:
- see this release

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