(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


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data, in-flight, voip, wifi



Voice Is Data: Tech Won't Be Able To Stop VoIP In The Air

from the of-course-not dept

With increasing attempts to turn internet access on in the sky, there's been some concern about people making VoIP calls from airplanes, just as there is a concern over mobile phone use in the sky being too "annoying." Some of the companies providing internet-in-the-sky have claimed that they would block VoIP calls, but that's going to be pretty difficult. As we've pointed out in the past voice is just data and you can always find a way to disguise the data, such that it won't be blocked. And, indeed, that seems to be exactly what's happening. Andy Abramson talks about how he got around AirCell's VoIP blocking when talking to a friend who was on one of these wired airplanes. There's always going to be away around those things, so unless Congress really decides to ban all voice calls on phones, why not wait and see if people chatting really is a problem?

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    Jake Petrick, 26 Aug 2008 @ 3:25pm

    What's really happening (Get a clue)

    Doesn't the FAA have governing authority over airplanes and isn't it regulated completely separate from the FCC?

    Shouldn't Aircell see themselves as a FAA-governed body?

    It seems Aircell's management and VC firm (both very heavy on the Telco side) may be trying to play this out in the public opinion circuit and with longtime friend and chum Kevin Martin (FCC) instead of addressing the real issues with the FAA.

    Sprint has been notorious for bringing products to market prematurely.

    I remain skeptical of everyone's intentions.

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