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Super pricey Android app saves the rich half a mil

At $12,500 for a single license, SafeCell delivers phone service on private jets for a fraction of the cost of conventional in-flight systems.

The app costs $12,500--a fraction of conventional in-flight systems. Asiq

Don't you hate it when you drop $10 million on a new private jet, and you don't have any cash left over to afford the $500,000 in-flight mobile phone system?

A new Android app is out to bridge that gap between those who can go anywhere, anytime and those who can go anywhere, anytime and call their other wealthy friends while they're doing it.

SafeCell, developed by ASiQ Limited Australia, enables users to make in-flight calls with their Android smartphone. At $12,500 for a single license--add $5,000 for multi-channel--it is likely the most expensive Android app yet, but that's still a big savings over conventional half-mil in-flight systems.

"The development of the Android app follows on from our initial Blackberry and Symbian versions...We now see why Android has gained such a high consumer acceptance," ASiQ CEO Ron Chapman said in a press release. "The app is very fast, which means that making a call at 30,000 feet or sending a message is just as simple as if you were using your mobile on the ground."

The app works with an onboard Bluetooth Access Point. Asiq

Basically, the app uses Bluetooth to sync up to whatever satellite system is already in use in the jet to place calls. According to ASiQ, using satellites rather than the plain old global mobile phone network has two central advantages: Calls are up to five times less than global roaming charges, and it circumvents the more heavily regulated cell phone sector, which prevents the vast majority of inflight systems from even being installed in the United States.

The company is targeting the more than 16,000 satellite-equipped corporate jets out there. And yes, Apple fans, an iPhone version of the app is in development.

(Via Luxury Launches)