Lufthansa brings mobile connectivity to long-haul flights

Passengers on Germany's biggest carrier will soon be able to use mobile roaming for texts and data while airborne.

Passengers flying long-haul with Lufthansa will soon be able to use their mobiles during their flight.

The airline has already rolled out mobile connectivity on eight of its planes flying between Munich and Frankfurt to North America and the Middle East, and it expects kit out the rest of its 100-strong long-haul aircraft with the functionality later this year.

Travellers will be able to use the service send texts and go online using their mobile devices, and will be charged roaming rates for doing so. Typically, such services aren't available during take off and landing, and are only operational when the aircraft is above 6,000 feet.

Customers of the 240 mobile operators that Aeromobile, Lufthansa's supplier, has a deal with will be able to use the in-flight service. Among the networks that have signed an agreement with Aeromobile are Vodafone, EE, and Three in the UK; T-Mobile, Vodafone, e-Plus and O2 in Germany; and AT&T and Verizon in the US.

Good news for passengers hoping for a bit of shut-eye on the flight: there will be no calls allowed on the flight, and any customer using the Aeromobile service will be reminded to put their mobile on silent or vibrate.

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