Air France Tests Free E-Mail, Text Service

Susan Hall

Joining the airlines flocking to offer mobile communications service in the air, Air France is testing a free e-mail and text-messaging service based on standard cell phone technology. Because it's only on one Airbus A318 in the airline's fleet, passengers won't know ahead of time whether they will have access to the service, according to an Associated Press story on


But here's a clue: They can look for a "no mobile" light next to ones for "no smoking" and "fasten your seat belt."


To avoid annoying other passengers, no voice calls will be allowed initially, reports InfoWorld, but they will be allowed in three months. The airline said it will regulate the service "to maintain passengers' comfort and well-being."

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