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EASA: Approves Cell Phones On Airbus

Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:03 pm;_ylt=AsHyXsWWaw9lIRjffT1LEnnMWM0F

Passengers will be able to make and receive calls and send and receive e-mails and text messages once the system is in place, Airbus said.

Cabin crew will be able to engage a "voice-off" mode which only allows SMS text messaging and e-mail services, Airbus noted.

The beginning of the end, at least they can turn the voice mode off. But I would imagine that there will be some pretty annoyed people on board, especially if they get stuck next to a loud passenger, who feels the entire plane should hear their life story or some great deal they closed. And I bet some business people will be annoyed, no longer will they be able to say getting on the plane so I have to turn my phone off.

I did a search and could not find a topic on this news, if there is sorry.

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RE: EASA: Approves Cell Phones On Airbus

Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:39 pm

Oh no....

How awfully annoying. But more than an annoyance, how can you tell the average passenger that they can use their phone on one aircraft (fitted with a base station keeping the mobile phone happy with a signal) and not on another that doesn't have a base station so the phone starts "screaming" for contact messing up the plane's avionics?

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RE: EASA: Approves Cell Phones On Airbus

Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:01 am

Since the system they are speaking of is only suited to the GSM technology (and then only at certain frequencies) you will probably find people using mobiles that employ one of the other technologies not supported, such as CDMA, TS-CDMA, or using a different frequency than the aircraft system. Since hardly anyone knows just what technology their phones employ they might be very surprised to find that their mobiles don't work or, worse, their phones will stay in high-power mode radiating all sorts of odd signals across the spectrum.

And that doesn't even include the noise and confusion that might be occasioned by people using other technologies (Skype, Vonage, whatever) to use a datalink to send voice rather than using the phone itself. Sigh.


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