ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5585 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1297 times:
Don't worry. If it was true, I think they only would work while take-off and landing and there no private electronic devices are allowed anyway. I don't think that, on 30000 feet a mobile phone would reach an antenna.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1289 times:
It'll probably be true sooner than you think, and not just on Airbuses. The FAA is currently conducting tests on the safety of cell phone usage inflight. While cellphones are still officially banned, the general consensus is that they're not really a safety risk more than an annoyance to cell signal relay systems.
Milan320 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 873 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1233 times:
Quoting ZRH (reply 1): I don't think that, on 30000 feet a mobile phone would reach an antenna.
Not true at all ... I worked on mobile systems whereby cruise ships can install normal mobile networks onboard (far away from the nearest land-based antenna) by utilizing satellite communications.
There is a delay on the signal of course, but it's not that noticeable.
The same thing can be done on planes.
Now roaming from one operator to another while moving, is another story, but whoever gets the contract will iron that problem out.