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Qantas' in-flight mobile trial ready to go

Brian White

Want to be asked to"switch on" that mobile handset on our next flight from or to Australia? You may be in luck if Qantas' public in-flight wireless trial bears fruit soon. While the FCC still cannot determine whether cellphones cause interference with ground-to-flight communication networks, Qantas is barreling right ahead with a trial. We have to ask: FCC -- what is the deal? C'mon guys -- we're sure some folks have used cellphones while flying and no planes have fallen from the sky as a result. It's been years and years and no movement. Sigh. Anyway, another kinda-important detail from Qantas: the in-flight mobile trial is for wireless email and text messaging only. The airline operator doesn't want rude fliers screaming into their handsets just yet.

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