AeroMobile has confirmed EE as its latest roaming partner, giving the phone operator’s 26 million customers across the UK the option to use their own mobile phones in-flight.
AeroMobile already has over 220 agreements with mobile phone operators around the world including O2, Three and Vodafone in the UK.
Now passengers using any of the UK’s main mobile operators can make calls, text or browse online at 30,000ft, simply by connecting to the AeroMobile network.
So far this year, more than 120,000 UK-based passengers have used the AeroMobile service, sending 175,000 text messages and making 25,000 calls.
The AeroMobile service is active on 150 aircraft across nine airlines including Emirates, Etihad, SAS and Virgin Atlantic.
All Virgin Atlantic flights between the US and London Gatwick offer the AeroMobile service, as well as selected flights from Manchester and Heathrow.
“Adding EE to our portfolio of roaming partners opens up in-flight connectivity to even more UK passengers,” explained Kevin Rogers, chief executive, AeroMobile.
“EE joins the three other big operators in the UK in offering mobile customers the option to use their own phones in-flight, and with more and more airlines offering the service, we expect to see increasing numbers of passengers opting to stay connected in-flight.
“In fact, our research shows that 70 per cent of travellers would use their mobile in-flight if they had the option.”
“So far this year, more than 7,000 flights have flown to or from the UK with the AeroMobile service onboard, and we’re adding more airlines and more routes every month,” continued Rogers.