Recycling a mobile phone and splashing out on a brand new smartphone with the cash may never have been so appealing, especially to those who spend a lot of time jetting around the world.
Qatar Airways has become the latest airline to offer a new service to its customers with mobiles that connect to the internet.
It has teamed up with mobile content optimisation firm Mobiga to design a programme that allows passengers to use their handset to check-in for flights, select seats and learn more about their journey.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways' chief executive officer, notes: "Our mobile service offering integrates seamlessly with our operations globally and encourages our customers to self-service, whenever and wherever they prefer."
Owning a device such as the iPhone 4 or HTC Wildfire may ease the process of flying for thousands of travellers.
British Airways last month launched its own app that allows some of its passengers to check-in for flights via their mobile.
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Posted by Dan Latham