BlackBerry’s sky high reception

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Literally, my friends. Literally. Thanks to our new pal Chris Thomas and his Pour Out blog for this tidbit. On a flight back to his homebase, Chris was probably checking his ‘Berry for the 254th out of 357 times on the plane when he noticed that his device was getting a solid reception signal – at 37,000 feet! Chris says that sure, there’s no way you can tell from the shot that he’s in the air, but we agree with his retort – who would make this up? Thanks, Mr. T.

  • R. Dykema

    Same thing works for mobile phones, but you’re supposed to have the radio off on your Blackberry at all times when you’re in flight.

  • R. Dykema

    Same thing works for mobile phones, but you’re supposed to have the radio off on your Blackberry at all times when you’re in flight.

  • George

    A lot of execs will still carry the old RIM 9xx devices that work on Mobitex because they get reception on their private jets.

    Has something to do with the Mobitex working on a different spectrum.

  • George

    A lot of execs will still carry the old RIM 9xx devices that work on Mobitex because they get reception on their private jets.

    Has something to do with the Mobitex working on a different spectrum.

  • http://www.kradest.com/ Krad

    what theme is that in the picture. looks hot!

  • http://www.kradest.com Krad

    what theme is that in the picture. looks hot!

  • http://www.kradest.com/ Krad

    can i get a screenshot or two of that new theme. I don’t have the 8700 and can’t see it on my 8100.

    thanks

  • http://www.kradest.com/ Krad

    can i get a screenshot or two of that new theme. I don’t have the 8700 and can’t see it on my 8100.

    thanks

  • http://www.kradest.com Krad

    can i get a screenshot or two of that new theme. I don’t have the 8700 and can’t see it on my 8100.

    thanks

  • karan

    I was actually flying back from Europe in Feb and had forgotten to turn off my wireless when all of a sudden i got a telltale vibration on my phone. I htought it was a reminder but when I pulled it out of the holster I noticed it was a welcome SMS from a carrier that you get when you roam with Rogers.
    I looked up at the map and we were flying close to the Faroe Islands 39,000 ft over the Atlantic. http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1&z=6&ll=61.940242,-6.981812&spn=8.441601,18.544922

    I tried sending an SMS to my wife back home as a test, but couldn’t get it sent off in time and I didn’t dare try a call. Anyway, I turned off the wireless afterwards.

  • karan

    I was actually flying back from Europe in Feb and had forgotten to turn off my wireless when all of a sudden i got a telltale vibration on my phone. I htought it was a reminder but when I pulled it out of the holster I noticed it was a welcome SMS from a carrier that you get when you roam with Rogers.
    I looked up at the map and we were flying close to the Faroe Islands 39,000 ft over the Atlantic. http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1&z=6&ll=61.940242,-6.981812&spn=8.441601,18.544922

    I tried sending an SMS to my wife back home as a test, but couldn’t get it sent off in time and I didn’t dare try a call. Anyway, I turned off the wireless afterwards.

  • Austin Friedman

    I want that theme please email it to me.

    afriedman92@gmail.com

  • Austin Friedman

    I want that theme please email it to me.

    afriedman92@gmail.com

  • Jason

    I had the total opposite situation last month. I flew to Tampa for vacation, I kept my phone on and had no signal from shortly after takeoff to until landing.
    I checked it over and over, mostly because I was trying to send txt messages to my wife gloating that she was sitting in the snow at home while I enjoyed cocktails on my way to florida. . .hmmm, anyone know a good lawyer?

  • Jason

    I had the total opposite situation last month. I flew to Tampa for vacation, I kept my phone on and had no signal from shortly after takeoff to until landing.
    I checked it over and over, mostly because I was trying to send txt messages to my wife gloating that she was sitting in the snow at home while I enjoyed cocktails on my way to florida. . .hmmm, anyone know a good lawyer?

  • Richard

    I’ve had a few instances on planes over the US where I left the BB turned on and it’s picked up a few emails.

    The problem is that all that hunting for cell towers five miles below sucks the battery life. It’s not really practical or reliable.

  • Richard

    I’ve had a few instances on planes over the US where I left the BB turned on and it’s picked up a few emails.

    The problem is that all that hunting for cell towers five miles below sucks the battery life. It’s not really practical or reliable.