By: Jack Gordon of AeroMobile
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.