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.
Sprint, Delta, Others Aim to Bring Broadband to the Big Blue Sky
A handful of companies have banded together with the goal of bringing real broadband to airplane passengers. The founding members of the Seamless Air Alliance include Sprint, Delta, Airbus, OneWeb, and Airtel.
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.
AT&T Brings WiFi Calling to Android Phones
AT&T today launched WiFi Calling on Android. Starting with the LG G4, AT&T customers will be able to make/receive calls and send/receive text messages via WiFi.
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?