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Airline Will Allow Cellphone Service During Flight!

There has been endless debate over the use of cellphones on airplanes during flight, and while most of us know you can use a cell phone without disrupting the plane, we still aren't allowed to use it - until now. According to the New York Times, Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, installed satellite-based technology that allows voice calls and text messaging on one of its Boeing 777’s late last year and expects to begin offering the service to passengers on an international route yet to be announced early next month.

Apparently, calls will work at altitudes above 9,800 feet to avoid potential interference with land systems. The downside is users will reportedly be billed at $3 to $3.50 a minute for outbound and inbound calls. For more about this, just

A handful of other airlines, including Air France-KLM, Ryanair and Qantas, are expected to offer similar service in Europe and Australia later this year. Travelers in North America will await the outcome of reviews by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration, the NYT said. While some might argue it isn't necessary to have access to cell phone use when you are 10,000 feet above the ground, I see this as an exciting trend. Pretty soon we'll all be using wifi in the sky too!

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Neural Neural 9 years
Yes, WiFi in the air will be sweet... but they'll need to do like a $10/hour or $20/flight price in order to get me to buy in!
Linny Linny 9 years
oh fun... the person next to me is going to be yacking the whole time. "can you hear me? I'm on a plane! can you hear me?" airplanes used to be the one place in the world where you didn't have to listen to that. on the other hand... I can't wait for the internet!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
How much for a text? This is a good idea...I've been on countless 12 hour flights and have remembered something that I needed to do, tell someone, etc., and I have to wait another 10 hours before I can do anything about it :? :( :oops:
jaydog jaydog 9 years
Bout time! ;-)
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