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glenbren
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glenbren,
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9/30/2014 | 11:53:40 AM
Re: Cell phone reception?
I hope not. I'm okay with 6 connections at a time, and at a cost of $10 a minute, I don't think many people will be using it just to chat. Please don't make it any easier.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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9/30/2014 | 9:22:11 AM
Re: Cell phone reception?
If the planes can maintain a Wi-Fi connection -- probably satellite? -- could they use that network to route calls?
BillB031
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BillB031,
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9/29/2014 | 7:52:27 PM
Re: Cell phone reception?
If the airline uses Aeromobile then sort of.   Aeromobile is a gprs network within the aircraft that you connect to, which switches you through a satellite to the ground.

So, no, the technology has not been hurdled where you can connect your phone to a cell tower on the ground while flying.

It's basically the same as satellite AirPhones on any aircraft except for the cell switching technology that allows you to use your own handset instead of the handset behind the seat.

The nice thing about Aeromobile is you can send and recieve text messages, and supposedly internet access.  Can't image that would be very good though.


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One more thing.  Aeromobile only allows 6 GSM connections on the aircraft at one time, since satellite comm bandwith is limiited.   International cell rates apply and a connection fee, which don't come cheap.  Aircraft CDMA networks are not in the works since Europe is exclusively GSM.  All Aeromobile equiped aircraft are required by the FAA to shut off the equipment with 250 miles of US airspace.

If you were on a flight with Aeromobile, chances are you wouldn't be hearing many people gabbing away on the phone or texting unless they could afford 10 bucks a minute.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/29/2014 | 7:07:12 PM
Re: Cell phone reception?
Well Virgin is offering in flight cell calls via Aeromobile. So clearly the technical hurdles have been overcome.
BillB031
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BillB031,
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9/29/2014 | 6:41:13 PM
Cell phone reception?
Since when can you get cell phone reception at 30,000+ feet?  And even if you somehow could, at 500mph you'd be switching from tower to tower so fast, seems like your connection would drop every 5 seconds.

I could be wrong, but I always understood directional cell tower antenna pointed in a more horizontal direction, than vertical.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/29/2014 | 6:08:56 PM
Re: Please, please, no
So you don't get to talk on your smartphone while the plane is in flight. Is that a big deal? Texting or email should suffice until you land. In fact, I'd extend this law so people can't talk on their smartphones on the ground either. Ok, inside your house is fine.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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9/29/2014 | 5:06:21 PM
Please, please, no
It would be one thing if texting were some complicated, obscure operation. But anything that needs to be communicated to a person on a plane can be done via text. Voice is just asking for more fights. People are already attacking one another over reclining seats. Imagine some drunk jerk bragging about his Vegas trip at full volume?

Just no. 


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