Aircell, which describes itself as “the world’s leading provider of inflight connectivity”, has chosen this week’s International Convention & Trade Show in Nevada to show off the imaginatively-named Aircell Smartphone. To be fair, there’s not quite as much competition at 30,000ft.
The Aircell Smartphone is tailored for jet-setting business guys, and boasts a 3.8in touchscreen. Aircell points out that it “exceeds the size of most consumer smartphones on the market today.” To give that figure some context, the iPhone 4 has a 3.5in screen, while the HTC Desire is 3.7in diagonally.
It’ll use Android, though it’s not yet clear just what version will feature. Aircell reckons it’s so easy to operate that no user manual is required. You can plug in headphones, or connect your Bluetooth headset for hands-free action.
John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President & General Manager, says: “The result of extensive industrial design and human factors study, the Aircell Smartphone epitomizes the notion of next-generation inflight communications. It gives passengers exactly what they want – the best-sounding, best-looking and easiest-to-use handset in aviation.”
Aircell hopes to start shipping the Aircell Smartphone later this year.