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In-Flight Cell Phone Use Coming

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Oct 23, 2002, 12:57 PM   by (staff)

AirCell is developing technology to let passengers use their cell phones on planes. AirCell's system would reduce cell phones' power and limit the number in use at once, to avoid disrupting plane electronics. The system would send calls from airborne planes to its ground network of upward-pointing antennas, currently used by corporate jets. Passengers would effectively be roaming on AirCell's network. The FAA and FCC must approve the service before it can be deployed, although FCC officials favor such systems, because they provide an alternative to Verizon Airfone's monopoly on airliner pay phones. A division of Verizon is also working on a system similar to AirCell's.

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