Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Will the cabin boy be using the phone?

Let's just hope that the folks in the cabin won't be taking advantage of being able to make cell phone calls in flight. Has anyone ridden in a cab in Chicago? Holy crap! Those freaks are on the cell phone the whole damned time. My favorite is when I see the cop driving by with his bluetooth on. Just imagine that:

(bang bang) Honey, I'm going to have to call you back. My squad car is being shot at right now. Do you need me to pick up anything from the grocery store on my way home? Milk, eggs, or anything? No? Okay. I'll call you back as soon as I finish planting this evidence.

Can you hear me now?

Original posting from engadget

Dubai's Emirates airline first to allow mobile calls in flight

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In a move that is bound to simultaneously please and annoy most airline passengers, Emirates is busting out in-flight cellphone service for its planes, in partnership with Aeromobile. The service will be similar to that of Ryanair, 'cept Emirates plans to beat them to the punch by having its first 777 equipped by January, as opposed to mid-'07 for the competition. Rates for phone usage are apparently "comparable to international tariffs," meaning "dang expensive," but it should be at least a bit better than the extortion of those lame satellite phones. Also, the whole system can be controlled by the cabin crew, so phone operation can be limited to texting for overnight flights or whatnot. Aeromobile claims to be currently in talks with other airlines in regards to implementing its system, and expects in-flight call revenue to be as large as £1.5 billion (2.85 billion US) by 2010.

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