du to connect in-flight passengers with new AeroMobile system
du, UAE’s new telecom operator, today signed an International Roaming Agreement with AeroMobile, a pioneering provider of mobile phone services to airlines, to bring in flight connectivity to its mobile users. The agreement is in line with du’s commitment to offer innovative and convenient communication services to its users.
du’s AeroMobile services will be launched by early 2008 in the initial launch phase with multiple airlines offering the service by the end of 2008.
UK-based AeroMobile offers passengers in-flight access to their du mobile phones and PDAs. Designed to enable mobile phones to operate at minimum power level, the system has no impact on any of the aircraft systems or subsystems.
Osman Sultan, CEO, du, said: “We understand customers would like to stay connected with their family members, friends and business associates even while air borne. With the introduction of this exciting new service, du will add comfort and value to customers through state-of-the-art communication modes.”
AeroMobile will enable customers to use their handsets the same way as when travelling abroad. By simply switching on their mobile phone, passengers can instantly start making and receiving calls in addition to sending and receiving text messages.
Mobile phones must be international roaming enabled. The service requires no additional subscription. Once service is operational, regular roaming rates will apply to call and text messages charges.