- Dec 6, 2004
theaustralian.news.com.au said:Mobiles take to the skies
Steve Creedy - August 29, 2006
THE curse of the mobile phone will reach new heights next year when Qantas allows calls, SMS messages and emails to be sent from and received on flights.
New technology to be introduced on one of the airline's Boeing 767 aircraft will allow passengers to use their own mobiles and Blackberrys to communicate through a low-power "picocell".
The airborne base station, which will eventually operate on routes between major cities, will transmit the signal through a satellite to the ground network.
The airline will use the trial to refine the system before introducing it more widely, wiping out one of the last refuges from the ubiquitous mobile phone.
"Qantas will be one of the first airlines in the world to offer this service," said Qantas's Lesley Grant.
I guess it had to happen.