Verizon Airfone Raises Stakes In Competition With Connexion by Boeing
United Airlines [NYSE: UAL] and Verizon Airfone are pairing up to offer a narrowband in-flight messaging and e-mail service that will heighten competition to the proposed Connexion by Boeing satellite broadband communication service.
The Chicago-based airline is the first U.S. commercial carrier to offer Verizon Airfone’s JetConnect service providing two-way e-mail capability on U.S. domestic flights. JetConnect is an in-flight e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging service that currently is the only provider of e-mail capabilities to passengers on U.S. commercial flights.
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