TALKING ON THE PLANE

gogo airStarting next year, you can call or text friends from up in the air — if your airline allows it. (Joy thinks it’s amazing that calling from an elevator is virtually impossible but calling from the air won’t be. The reason, of course, Bob says irritatingly smugly, is the steel shell of the elevator acts as what’s called a “Faraday cage,” named for the famous scientist. This cuts off wireless transmission. You can look all this up.)

You’ll find the GoGo Air app (Text and Talk) in the Google Play and iPhone App store sometime in 2014. The regular “GoGo Air” Internet service costs $14 for an all-day pass or $40 a month of unlimited use on your favorite airline. An all-airline pass costs $50 a month. It’s available on about 2000 airplanes and most airlines.

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