Qualcomm Demos In-Flight Cell Phone Service
Jul 16, 2004, 8:19 AM by (staff)
On a special two-hour American Airlines test flight over Texas yesterday, Qualcomm publicly demonstrated its solution for in-flight CDMA cell phone service. The service uses a picocell - a cell phone tower the size of a laptop - to provide in-cabin coverage. Because the picocell is so close, phones automatically emit a weaker signal, preventing interference with plane navigation systems and phone networks on the ground. Calls are relayed to the ground via satellite, causing a 1-second delay. While Qualcomm's solution works only with CDMA phones, two other companies - WirelessCabin and AirCell - are developing similar solutions for WCDMA and GSM.
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This is Good News
2. If you don't need to turn off your cell phone, that's one less thing you have to remember to do when you get on a plane.
3. This is great for those things that you really do need to call someone about on the plane like calling the people who are picking you up to tell them that your flight is being redirected because of fog, or is being delayed...etc etc.
4. And of course, now you could call the person picking you up as your plane is landing to tell them that you've arrived.
Can this really be safe?
Anyway I just don't think we need cell phones EVERYWHERE. It's like people that Bitch about why their phone doesn't work in a National Park or at the Grand Canyon!
Date Posted: Mar 3, 2004, 11:49 AM
Source: Verizon Wireless
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