Phones On Planes
from the yakkety-yakking-in-the-air dept
Well, now that we’ve got WiFi in the sky, we’re getting closer to yakking in the sky as well. A few months back we mentioned the idea of sticking a cell tower on the plane itself as a way of avoiding that whole messy phone-connecting-to-hundreds-of-cell-towers-on-the-ground thing. Now, American Airlines and Qualcomm have successfully tested just such a solution. Passengers were able to make calls, send text messages and surf the internet from their phones. Of course, if this works out, and 3G wireless networks become more popular, airlines may not even need to worry about setting up internet access on a plane — people will do it by themselves using their phones. Of course, the test only ran for CDMA phones (it is Qualcomm running the test, after all), but that does raise a question about whether every plane will need to carry such micro-cells from all the major carriers to make this really work. Some may also wonder whether or not airlines will need to create special “quiet zones” (like those found on many train lines) for those who are annoyed at the possibility of sitting next to someone screaming (and with all that background noise, they will be screaming) on their mobile phone for the whole flight.
Comments on “Phones On Planes”
WiFi in the Sky
Was local news for us last evening. Sadly, it will be at least 2 years before anything rolls out.
Based upon today’s usage, maybe the airlines won’t price this out of sight. The connect fee alone is already a hefty $10.
Re: WiFi in the Sky
Christ, Now I will hafta listen to idiots in planes asking such important questions as “Where are you at?” and then hearing them brag that they are calling from 30 thousand feet up.
I’m buying a cell phone signal blocker. I don’t give a shit weather they are legal or not.
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I’m leavin’ on a jet plane … I don’t know when I’ll be home again …