JetBlue buys Verizon’s Airfone biz, to offer in-flight email (but not with BlackBerrys)

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JetBlue Airways has agreed to buy Verizon’s Airfone business to offer e-mail and messaging services aboard planes. Verizon has been shedding businesses lately to focus on its wireless service. The purchase lets JetBlue expand an in-flight messaging service it started testing on one plane in December and plans to add to other aircraft and carriers. JetBlue won a U.S. government auction of airwaves this month to provide Web service on flights.

While this won’t allow us to use our BlackBerrys yet for email goodness, JetBlue has said they’re studying ways to allow passengers to use them during flights. The wait continues…

(via Bloomberg)

  • Morgan from JetBlue

    Actually, it should be noted that on BetaBlue – the plane we are currently testing LiveTv’s Kiteline system on, we partnered with RIM to ensure that WiFi enabled Blackberry users would have a great experience.

    (Having personally played with my Blackberry Curve 8320 on BetaBlue – I’d even say the experience is more streamlined than on a computer.)

    Though it should be noted that cellular transmitters are still required to be turned off during flight.

  • http://j Morgan from JetBlue

    Actually, it should be noted that on BetaBlue – the plane we are currently testing LiveTv’s Kiteline system on, we partnered with RIM to ensure that WiFi enabled Blackberry users would have a great experience.

    (Having personally played with my Blackberry Curve 8320 on BetaBlue – I’d even say the experience is more streamlined than on a computer.)

    Though it should be noted that cellular transmitters are still required to be turned off during flight.