Jio Becomes India’s First Mobile Operator To Offer In-Flight Calls & Data Services At 20,000 Feet

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by Sanjana Shenoy
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Imagine being on a long flight without the internet to accompany the lonely journey while an uncle snores away beside you. We all have been there, right? Well, not anymore and all thanks to Jio. Reliance Jio on September 25, announced that its customers now will be able to access mobile services during international flights after the aircraft reaches a height of 20,000 feet. Air India will soon have a flight to nowhere on the lines of Australia and Taiwan. 

Jio To Now Provide In-Flight Voice Calls, SMS & Data Services On 22 International Flights

Jio has become the first Indian mobile operator to have started in-flight voice calls, SMS and data services. In a statement, they announced that “Jio users with valid in-flight connectivity packs can start using the pack, once their flight (supported) reaches 20,000 feet or higher.” Jio has partnered with AeroMobile to launch mobile services on 22 flights on international routes, with plans starting at Rs 499 per day.

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“JioPostpaid Plus brings with it industry-defining and highest-quality user experience, and through our partnership with AeroMobile we will now offer in-flight roaming services at an attractive price. “We are delighted to bring this new service to our customers, who will be able to enjoy seamless, high-quality and secure roaming at 20,000 feet, keeping every JioPostpaid Plus user connected, always,” Jio Director Akash Ambani said in a statement.

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Jio Partnered With Virgin Atlantic, Swiss, Etihad & Emirates For Internet Services

Jio partnered with several well-known airlines including; Virgin Atlantic, Swiss, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Euro Wings, Lufthansa, Malindo Air, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Alitalia. “With the new in-flight roaming bundle, JioPostpaid Plus customers no longer need to worry about connectivity whilst travelling. This new market-leading proposition shows continued commitment to providing the very best service to customers,” AeroMobile CEO Kevin Rogers said.

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Now le’s tell you about the Jio Plan. All the plans offer 100 minutes of outgoing voice calls and 100 SMSes. The ₹499 plan shall provide 250 MB of mobile data. The ₹699 plan offers 500 MB and ₹999 plan comes with 1 GB of data. First-time users of the in-flight mobile services will need to activate the plans on Jio network. “Data and SMS services are available in all Airlines. However, voice services are available in select Airlines,” it added.

Customers using Jio’s in-flight service will get data, SMS and outgoing call facility on 14 partners airlines. However, only data and SMS service will be available on the rest of the airlines. This includes Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific. Meanwhile check out this video to know more about Taiwan’s unique flight to nowhere. 

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