Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic has said it will be the first British carrier to allow passengers to use their mobile phones on board.

Customers will be allowed to make calls, send and receive text messages, as well as use the internet via a GPRS on Virgin's new Airbus A330 aircraft that flies from London to New York.

The service will also be offered on the airline's Boeing 747 planes that are currently going through a £50 million refurbishment.

People will not be permitted to talk on their phones during take off or landing and American laws state that the device will have to be turned off around 250 miles from US airspace.

Virgin Atlantic's chief operating officer Steve Griffiths said the firm was offering this to customers as it is what they want.

"We have listened to what customers want and connectivity in the air is always on the wish list," he continued.

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