QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1683 posts, RR: 7 Posted (7 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 3934 times:
Quote: Emirates in-flight mobile calls
Emirates will become the first airline allowing mobile phone calls to be made during flights, through technology from Aeromobile, the airline said in statement. The service is expected to start on one of Emirates' Boeing 777 planes in January 2007. Call charges will be "comparable to international tariffs", according to the airline. Cabin crew will be able to switch the system into text only mode at night, to reduce disturbance.
ANstar From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 4990 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 3850 times:
Was watching BBC this morning, apparently the cost will be about $2 per minute to make a call. I certainly hope they introduce QUIET zones on aircraft as I don;t fancy trying to have a snooze and being awoken by someones ring tone!
764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 610 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 3827 times:
The only thin that really annoys me about this is that now they are allowing mobile phones (which of course emit a significant amount of electromagnetic waves), but I still am not allowed to use my digital camera during takeoff and landing (which of course doesn't tansmit anything). WHY? I want to take pictures!
UAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 941 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 3796 times:
Little bit weird to me, Emirates have a telephone set on every seat in their fleet. How-come they will allow others to use mobiles? and what network can cover the space? are they going to withdraw the telephone from their fleet?
Raptor72 From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 3702 times:
Eek! I'm already going crazy on the 1h train-travel from Bern to Zurich about all those veeeery important cellphone calls (Honey, I'll be home at 5.30pm, blablabla) every few seconds. Not to mention all those loud and annoying ringtones!
I agree, that nowadays business-needs are going in this direction, but it is really necessary to be connected to the world every f... second? They should use the in-seat phone, thats what it is for, for gods sake!
I wanna have cellphone-free and baby-free zones on airplanes
RJwrench85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 3627 times:
Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter): Cabin crew will be able to switch the system into text only mode at night, to reduce disturbance.
I guess this helps a little bit but still worries me that when you get a few people on phones next to each other the will keep trying to overtalk the other person or Especially the ones who automatically yelling when there on the phone (and don't realize it).I like the feeling of not being "connected to the world (And flying) it is relaxing but now it seems this is in jeopardy. just my
Bongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3327 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 3499 times:
Quoting LeonB1985 (Reply 10): LeonB1985 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 590 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted Wed Nov 8 2006 12:19:18 UTC+1 (53 minutes 40 secs ago) and read 84 times:
Don't like the idea of this. Don't like it at all!
Don't like it ? I would go a bit further, the very thought of sitting next to some boring idiot for 10 hours or so, who is repeatedly making pointless calls to inflate his own importance fills me with dread. At least in most situations you can move away, but on a plane no chance.
You would think that business people with hectic lives would welcome the chance to escape from continous phone calls; but no they seem to welcolme the disturbance.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16340 posts, RR: 66 Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 3488 times:
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 12): You would think that business people with hectic lives would welcome the chance to escape from continous phone calls; but no they seem to welcolme the disturbance.
Most of us business travelers do. Flights are a welcome respite from constant accessibility. I think you will find that business travelers are typically not the ones constantly chattering on their cellphones. Granted, I use mine a lot, but I do try to step away from people since I don't want to be rude. On a plane, I think text messaging would be more my thing.
As a previous poster stated, a cell phone free zone, like on many trains, would be a good thing.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - from Citadel by John Ringo
AIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2409 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 3467 times:
Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 13): Most of us business travelers do. Flights are a welcome respite from constant accessibility. I think you will find that business travelers are typically not the ones constantly chattering on their cellphones. Granted, I use mine a lot, but I do try to step away from people since I don't want to be rude. On a plane, I think text messaging would be more my thing.
I totally agree with you. My job requires me to be reachable almost 24h a day. Those few hours wher I fly or transit through an airport are great for me. I feel relaxed because I can keep my mobile phone switched of (that's why I choose always to take connections and no direct flights )... So I will be avoiding Emirates from now own (I have never travelled with them, always choosing BA).
Ptugarin From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 326 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 3425 times:
Quoting Raptor72 (Reply 7): all those veeeery important cellphone calls (Honey, I'll be home at 5.30pm, blablabla)
I don´t know about most of you, but I wouldn´t be making long pointless calls at $2/min. I don't think it will be a problem at this cost. At 30 cents a minute, maybe. The solution is to keep phone service relatively unaffordable for general public.
Higherflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 131 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 3402 times:
I see air rage incidents increasing exponentially with the introduction of this 'service'. Sitting next to some loud and boring git's cellphone calls for 14 hours to SYD or JFK will certainly impact my choice of airline. On the other hand though, if I was one of the loud and boring gits, I might just want to travel more on EK....