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.

TOPICS: Networking, Cloud

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  • Hitting 10,000 feet and climbing

    Here you can see New Jersey's industrial landscape as we continued to climb to cruising altitude.

    Image: Zack Whittaker/CBS Interactive

  • Testing out the texting service

    Although the app itself is still in "beta" development, its functionality is simple. Voice calls were tricky, but are much at the mercy of the plane's Wi-Fi network. Text messages were sent and received instantly.

    Image: Zack Whittaker/CBS Interactive

  • And it works!

    By utilizing Gogo's air-to-ground connectivity, calls and texts back on Earth are now routed through the aircraft's wireless network rather than in-flight cell towers, otherwise known as "picocells."

    Image: Zack Whittaker/CBS Interactive

Topics: Networking, Cloud

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