Mobility

Mobile phone calls onboard planes soon

If regulatory go-ahead is given, passengers could soon find themselves using their mobile phones when planes are more than 3,000 meters high in European airspace.

If regulatory go-ahead is given, passengers could soon find themselves using their mobile phones when planes are more than 3,000 meters high in European airspace.

Plans are afoot across EU countries to introduce technology which permits mobile calls without risk of interference with delicate aircraft systems.

Here's how the system works, according to BBC News:

The proposed system utilises an on-board base station in the plane which communicates with passengers' own handsets. The base station - called a pico cell - is low power and creates a network area big enough to encompass the cabin of the plane.

The base station routes phone traffic to a satellite, which is in turn connected to mobile networks on the ground.

Airlines, such as Virgin Atlantic, are "watching developments closely." Individual airlines still need to decide whether to implement this technology.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the United Kingdom says that the technology could be implemented next year.

Is being able to make mobile phone calls onboard a plane a good thing?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

9 comments
Pioneer0943
Pioneer0943

Planes used to have a smoking and non-smoking section. Maybe they could create a cell-phone section and partition it off with something to keep the racket in that section only.

deepsand
deepsand

for cell phones users [b]everywhere[/b], including aboard aircraft!

DanLM
DanLM

I like it... If smokers have no rights to infringe on others..... Then cell phone aholes shouldn't either.. Second hand smoke kills... If you don't shut the f up, I'm going to kill.... hehehehe, I can see the advertisement now for being against cell phones on planes.. I like it... I defiantly like it. Dan

deepsand
deepsand

No matter your vice of choice, you're sure to make a splash.

deepsand
deepsand

far less crowded places in regards to the use of cell phones, should we then believe that they will act any better in the crowded cabin of an aircraft? The obvious answer is a resounding "no." That alone is more that sufficient reason for not allowing such outside of a sound-proof area dedicated to such use.

paulmah
paulmah

Is being able to make mobile phone calls onboard a plane is a good thing?

mark.snedecor
mark.snedecor

Business travelers and others want to make calls during flight, and airlines and wireless companies want to make revenue from this service, but most people onboard don?t want to be bothered by people yapping while they fly. So, why not have the airlines pass a rule that says you can use your cell phone during fight, but only if you use a ZipIT (www.ZipItInc.com) like device? This makes a Win-Win-Win situation for ALL!

deepsand
deepsand

which, of those who are the most offensive in their dis-regard for others, can be least likely to be had.

SWThomas
SWThomas

Visualize the loud person yakking away on their cell phone in the airport waiting area. At least you can move away. Now visualize that same person yakking away on their cell phone for several hours in *the seat next to you*! You can't escape. How do you feel? Just say no.

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