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Now you can stay connected and share right from the clouds. Travel guru, armchair journalist, or gossip junky–you′re sure to hear the latest inflight connectivity buzz from above as travellers surf the stratosphere.


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Short haul flyers love GSM

By: Jack Gordon of AeroMobile

During short haul flights there is typically no inflight entertainment system, so smart phones partnered with mobile connectivity are the perfect travel diversion. The two or three hours between cities can provide a great opportunity for entertainment and working, and all via your smartphone. Passengers on connected flights can make the most of their flight accessing emails, SMS, check social networking sites or listen to voice messages.

One of AeroMobile’s recent short haul customers has seen rapid uptake of the service on their short haul B737-800s, with an average of 70 per cent growth each month, during the first three months the airline provided connectivity.

A recent survey from AeroMobile uncovered a huge appetite for inflight mobile services. Over 70 per cent of Brits surveyed said they would use their mobile phones during a flight, if they had the option. Almost half of people would use inflight mobile services to send text messages, while 44 per cent would like to access apps including Facebook and Twitter (see below table). The survey of 2,000 UK consumers conducted by One Poll on behalf of AeroMobile reflects Britain’s increasingly connected society.

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April Week 4 – Premier League & Bundesliga

SPORT 24 April Wk 4There is a very busy weekend of LIVE football being brought to you on Sport 24 from the Bundesliga and the Barclays Premier League.

As the jostling for positions in the Bundesliga is coming to a close there are still some exciting matches to be played this weekend. Champions Bayern Munich will take on SC Freiburg who are battling for 4th place. There is also action from Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 and Hannover 96.

In the Barclays Premier League Manchester United have cemented their quest to victory and claim the title of champions. Arsenal will be taking them on and will try to secure some valuable points that will maintain their 3rd place and fend off Chelsea. Wigan Athletic, Queen’s Park Rangers, Reading and Aston Villa, who are all teetering on the edge of relegation, have everything to play for over the next few of weeks.

Catch all of the action LIVE on Sport 24!

DON’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD!

You’re Onboard. You’re Connected. Now What?

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@Altitude has just the thing for you. Join us on Twitter for our new in-flight fun with connectivity…#FltChk.

Each week we’ll choose a different day to randomly call for a “Flight Check” changing our avatar to the orange one featuring the hash tag #FltChk and that will be your cue. If you’re on a connected flight that day tweet with your airline and route details and include the hash tag #FltChk to share your experience with the @Altitude community.

Be on the lookout for especially themed #FltChk’s in which we ask you to include pictures of different items you can find onboard, like a scavenger hunt in the sky. Of course there will be bragging rights for those we declare the best #FltChk each week. And maybe some other special surprises too.

Join the fun at 30,000 feet. Connect with #FltChk. But don’t forget that you can always share your in-flight connectivity experience with the @Altitude community any day of the week by using the hash tag #AltitudeConnect.

Connect. Communicate. Discover.

Cruising @Altitude

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You’re about to board a flight to New York… or London… or Tokyo. You’ll be in the air for hours. You’ve got work to finish, you’re stressed, and you already miss your kids.

Not to worry. In-flight connectivity has opened up a whole new world for passengers. You now have Internet access, live TV and the ability to use a phone—all from your seat at 30,000 feet.

Get Onboard. Get Connected.

That business report you desperately need to finish? Take your seat, pull out your tablet, work away, and then email the document to your colleagues back at the office. Or check those last-minute emails you were expecting from your client. If you need to relay an important message to your spouse, or your boss, grab your smartphone and send a text.

When you’re done with your work, watch the news on TV—streamed to your seatback monitor, tablet or phone—to find out what’s going on in the world right now. The guy sitting next to you is having a ball: He’s rooting for his home team in the finals of his favorite soccer league.

Before you close your eyes for some sleep, grab your phone and send a picture message to your family—and get one back of your kids’ smiling faces.

Welcome to the world of in-flight entertainment … and to @Altitude, which tells you all about it.

The @Altitude movement promotes the awareness, development and use of in-flight technologies. Why? So that passengers can be connected on every single flight. Which means they can always be entertained and productive in the air. The @Altitude website provides information on the latest in-flight services and the carriers that offer them. The mission: to help passengers have the most positive experience possible.

Look around this site and you’ll see:

  • Services & Technology. This section provides information about available connectivity services and how they work.
  • News & Events. You can read the latest industry news about in-flight connectivity.

Connecting in-flight is becoming increasingly common. Globally, more than 2,500 planes are estimated to have connectivity access—and that number is rising rapidly. It’s predicted that more than 6,000 aircraft will be equipped with connectivity by 2015.

The practical benefits for passengers are endless. You can surf the Web, research places you’ll visit on your trip, check on a sick family member, and text flight-status updates to whoever is picking you up at the airport. As you look down on the clouds, look up your friends’ Facebook pages.

And share your experience. Connect with others in this online global community. Go to our @Altitude pages on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #AltitudeConnect to be part of an open forum.

Tell your fellow passengers how you’re enjoying Wi-Fi in the sky. Or what game you’re watching. Or where you’re traveling. Or which airlines have connectivity services like Wi-Fi, live streaming TV and the capability to use phones.

In the coming months, check back often on this site to read guest blogs and learn details about future live events.

Enjoy the journey.

April Week 3 – Formula 1, ATP 1000s, MotoGP, Premier League & Bundesliga

Sport 24 logoWe are extremely pleased to be bringing you LIVE action from some of the best sporting events taking place this week from around the globe.

Sport 24 will bring you LIVE matches from the Bundesliga.

Fast paced action from Andy Murray, Thomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo at the ATP Tour 1000s.

In the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United will push forward to try and take hold of the title whilst the battle to stay out of relegation continues to heat up.

Exhilarating speeds and accurate decisions shouldn’t be missed in the Bahrain Formula 1 and MotoGP of Americas.

DON’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD!

The 2013 Masters Golf Tournament

Sport 24 logoSport 24 is excited to announce that it will be broadcasting the Augusta Masters 2013 LIVE this week.

It is an electrifying event that brings together all ranges of people from sports fanatics, dreamers, insomniacs, sportsmen, gardeners and the like. It’s a wonderful setting where the best golfers in the world come together to play their finest golf with the hope and desire to win this golfing Grand Slam.

You will be able to watch the action LIVE throughout the tournament on Sport 24 from players such as Tom Watson, current world number 1 Tiger Woods, José María Olazábal, Rory McIlroy and newcomer Guan Tianlang.

Don’t miss it for the world!

Sport 24 – ATP 1000s Miami, Premier League, & Bundesliga

Sport 24 logoThis weekend’s LIVE events that will be broadcast on Sport 24 include the last days of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000s in Miami where the tension is rising and you will be able to watch the Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals as you travel.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday there is also LIVE action from the Bundesliga and the Barclays Premier League. As the end of the season is in sight, each match matters more than ever for those valuable points.

Catch all of the action LIVE on Sport 24.

Don’t miss it for the world!

Staying in touch at 30,000 ft – Why mobile’s taken off in-flight

By: Jack Gordon of AeroMobileAeroMobile logo

There’s been huge growth in the use of in-flight mobile over the last 12 months; today’s technology makes it possible, and perfectly safe, to use your phone in-flight, whether it’s to call, text, email or surf the web, and more and more people are taking advantage of it.

On the ground, smartphone ownership has rocketed; over 40 percent of us have something akin to a mini computer in our pockets. Up in the air, the percentage of people with smartphones is even higher; 81 percent of devices onboard fall into this category. We’re all used to being connected 24/7, and being at 30,000 feet is no longer an exception.

Smartphones have become a critical tool for everyday life, replacing everything from alarm clocks to cameras. The average user spends over two hours a day on their phone, not just talking but using the multitude of apps available, including Twitter and Facebook. Similarly in the air, people are using their phones for much more than just voice calls, with texting, emailing and browsing proving most popular.

According to AeroMobile, which provides an in-flight roaming service for mobile users, 5.5 million devices connected to their network in 2012, and figures are expected to rise dramatically in 2013. More and more mobile operators and airlines are switching on to consumer demand for in-flight connectivity, making sure passengers stay connected no matter where they are.

Sport 24 – Formula 1 and ATP Masters 1000s – Miami

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This weekend Sport 24 will be broadcasting coverage of the ATP World Tour Master 1000 series LIVE from Miami. After his storming come back post injury, Rafael Nadal is having a rest, however still competing are some of the best male tennis players in the world including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and many others. Miami has gained the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year award 6 times, voted for by the players; it’s a place where they relax and play inspiring tennis.

Also this weekend, Sport 24 is pleased to be bringing you the Formula 1 Grand Prix LIVE from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. An exciting course that tests the drivers, who are still settling into the new season and their new cars. It proves to be an exhilarating race.

Don’t miss it for the world!