Jio has announced their ability to offer in-flight connectivity packs starting at INR 499, which will allow Jio customers to sign up for high-speed data access as well as voice calling and SMS message benefits for inflight communications. While there were new Jio Postpaid Plus plans announced earlier this week, there was no information about in-flight connectivity support they promised the subscribers. To power this, Jio has partnered with AeroMobile, a subsidiary of Panasonic Avionics Corporation which specialises in cellular-based connectivity.
The Jio inflight connectivity packs will be offered at INR 499, INR 699, and INR 999 denominations and all have one-day validity. These packs were revealed today on the Jio website.
Jio Inflight connectivity partner airlines
Jio will de-activate incoming calls on the in-flight connectivity packs, though incoming SMS messages are allowed and are free. Jio’s connectivity will be available on 22 airlines which are on board with Aeromobile at the moment and could change in the future. The airlines included are enlisted below (along with the routes on which Aeromobile services are activated). The ones who service India are also indicated, such as Emirates and Etihad. About 10 of the 22 airlines onboard Aeromobile don’t serve India altogether.
Once the services are available in the Indian airspace, all Jio customers will have first access to them, so that they are connected even on flights within India (once any Indian airline agrees to offer connectivity on domestic flights, that is). As per the Aeromobile website, Bharti India (Airtel) is already a partner.
How to connect to Aeromobile
Connecting to AeroMobile’s inflight service is quick and easy. Take your phone out of ‘Airplane Mode’ when the aircraft is above 20,000ft, and if your home mobile operator has a roaming agreement with AeroMobile, you’ll connect automatically. No onboard payment or registration required as you’re billed by your home operator for any usage inflight.
Jio has undoubtedly made it easy to buy internet connectivity on international flights, and also not break the bank while doing so in the future. But this will not be a daily use case in the immediate future and not useful for the domestic flying passengers anytime soon. However, it does give them a first-mover advantage to cater to the high-end business traveller market and get them to buy a new Jio connection or port to Jio.
What do you make of the new Jio partnership with AeroMobile to enable onboard connectivity planes for their customers?
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