6/18/2009 10:24:00 AM
Vodafone and Orange to allow customers to use mobiles on aeroplanes
Vodafone and Orange have agreed to open their networks to allow customers to use mobile phones on aeroplanes, according to reports.
The operators had previously refused permission to OnAir, the company that provides mobile services to carriers such as Ryanair, because of fears of the affect of high charges on consumers, according to The Times.
The newspaper reported that the operators will now join O2 and T-Mobile in allowing customers to use the OnAir system ‘within weeks’.
Calls from aeroplanes cost £2.50 per minute and networks feared that their customers could suffer from ‘bill shock’ from the high costs.
However, Vodafone has denied the move. A spokeswoman said: 'We are always interested to explore different ways of offering our customers the opportunity to use mobile services where ever they are', but added: 'There is currently no agreement between Vodafone and OnAir. '