Saturday, November 23, 2013
Most airlines will charge for cell phone service aloft in the US, if they offer it at all
Airlines will be allowed to install firmware to enable passengers to make cell phone calls when over 10000 feet, but it’s not clear that airlines will want to, and most passengers say they don’t want to sit next to chatters.
So airlines are likely to charge heavy fees for the service.
My own cell phone usually simply doesn’t have a signal on the air until landing, but the clock works and local apps work.
The FAA press release Oct. 31, 2013 is here.