Air France to Offer In-Flight Mobile Calling
Air France is set to begin a two-stage, six-month trial of OnAir, which allows people to use their mobile phones while in flight aboard certain Airbus 318s. The first stage of the trial will permit passengers to send and receive SMS, MMS and mobile email messages only and will last three months. The second stage of the trial will add voice calls. Passengers will be able to make calls once the plane has ascended higher than 10,000 feet. Calls are placed through an on-board picocell and routed via satellite to the ground-based networks. Call costs will be comparable to normal international calling rates and will be charged through passengers' regular carriers. Air France may discontinue the voice call service at the end of the trial if it feels the quality is not good enough.
Gov't Revives Possibility of Voice Calls On Planes
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday proposed rules that could eventually pave the way for making voice calls on airplanes.
FreedomPop Launches Free International Calling
FreedomPop today made a free international calling plan available to all Android and iOS smartphones. Smartphone owners need only download the FreedomPop Free Talk and Text app and they'll have access to 100 free voice minutes good for calling 52 countries, including Mexico, the U.K., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, and India.
US Gov Leaning Towards Blocking In-Flight Calls
The U.S. Department of Transportation is preparing the legal groundwork needed to ban airplane passengers from making cellular voice calls while in the air.
AT&T iPhones Gain International WiFi Calling Via iOS 9.3
AT&T customers who have newer iPhones can now make WiFi calls when traveling abroad. The company enabled international WiFi calling with the iOS 9.3 update from Apple and refreshed carrier settings.
Verizon Prepaid Customers Gain HD Voice
Verizon Wireless today said its prepaid subscribers will have access to VoLTE services, including HD Voice and video calls, starting September 25. Prepaid customers will need to add HD Voice to their account before they can make HD calls, but the add-on will be free.
...and if the quality is not good enough...
The person in front of you or next to you will not mind at all.
Its crazy the technology they come up with huh?