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August 17, 2005

Cellphones on planes? It's irrelevant: VOIP + Skype is already here

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I saw a news story about this last week and then this morning came upon this interesting February 20, 2005 post in the blog of one Edward Vielmetti of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He wrote about the experience of talking to a friend of his while said friend was over the Atlantic Ocean on an SAS jet returning home from Eastern Europe.

The friend told Vielmetti that he'd simply paid a flat fee of $29 at the outset of the flight for 6 hours of WiFi service, then used his own Skype.

The sound quality was excellent using the built–in microphone on the friend's PowerBook.

As I said: the battle over cellphones on planes is the last war.

Sure, lots of people are fighting it but that doesn't mean you have to.

Whether or not you like the idea of phone calls aboard planes, the horse has left the barn and the door's off its hinges.

Next slide, please.

[via Edward Vielmetti]

August 17, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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