Mobile Handhelds

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Mobile phones clear for take-off?

A few months ago I commented on some of the technical developments in passenger in-flight systems ('In-flight Internet access...and mobile phones too?'). In recent weeks, there have been some rapid developments, not on the technical front, but in terms of regulation and operation, with announcements from the UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom and the European Commission. On the 26th March, Ofcom…

In-flight Internet access…and mobile phones too?

I read a business article in The Economist ('Mobile Phones on planes - Your call') during the Christmas holidays about the current developments in passenger in-flight systems, specifically the provision of Internet data access and the potential to support mobile (cell) phone voice calls during flight. The article reports on trials of a Wi-Fi (Wikipedia) data service by JetBlue and…

Integrated Modular Smartphone?

The title of this blog might suggest that I've got mixed up between Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) and consumer devices, but if you bear with me, I'll try to explain why I think there are some parallels. I was recently given a shiny new smartphone (wikipedia), which will enable me to keep up to date with important emails when I'm…