All aboard Gogo's private jet to test new text, talk service (photos)

All aboard Gogo's private jet to test new text, talk service (photos)

Summary: ZDNet's Zack Whittaker boarded Gogo's private jet to find out more and test the company's latest service: texting and talking as though you were on the ground.

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  • All aboard Gogo One, the company's private plane

    ZDNet headed to Newark International Airport to check out Gogo's latest service: talking and texting in the skies, as though you were on the ground. We boarded Gogo's private plane to test the service out at 30,000 feet.

    Image: Zack Whittaker/CBS Interactive

  • Aircraft air-to-ground antenna

    Under the nose of the plane you can see two antennas. These are to communicate with ground-based antennas that broadcast signal across America. Gogo has more than 200 antennas across the country.

    Image: Zack Whittaker/CBS Interactive

  • Gogo One, the company's test plane

    We boarded the flight early in the morning, armed with our smartphones, ready to test out the service, which is pegged for an early 2014 launch. Texting and talking requires Wi-Fi access, so you can't keep a conversation going gate-to-gate, so even with recent changes to the aviation rules. You still have to switch your device to "airplane mode" until you're at 10,000 feet.

    Image: Zack Whittaker/CBS Interactive

Topics: Networking, Cloud

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