Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Mobile in the Skies

"Two European airlines will allow passengers late next year to use their own cell phones on commercial flights within western Europe",this article in Wired says."TAP Portugal and British carrier bmi both have agreed to introduce OnAir's voice and text service for cell phones in separate three-month trial runs.The planes, which will be the first to allow passengers to make and receive calls with their own cell phones while onboard,will give OnAir the chance to assess its service ahead of its general release in 2007 for everywhere in the world but North America.Users of mobile phones and other handheld wireless devices with roaming capability will be able to make and receive calls using a base station within the airplane. They will be allowed to turn their phones on after the plane reaches 10,000 feet, when other electronic devices such as portable music players and laptops are permitted".

Full article at Wired

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