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Do you want to make a call on a plane?

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Snakes on a plane

Airlines Ryanair and Emirates have both recently announced that their passengers will soon be able to make mobile calls during flights. However, a recent poll by Wanderlust Magazine shows that the majority of travelers would rather fly with snakes. Polling over 1000 readers, 76% said they would never use a mobile phone in the air and only 2% said they would use their phone regularly. Dan Linstead, Editor of Wanderlust indicates that the negative response relates to both cost and sanity:

“The message from our readers, who are all seasoned travellers, is loud and clear. Planes are one of the last sacred mobile-free havens and they want it to stay that way – let’s hope the airlines start listening… The interruption is one thing but people also need to realise that mid-air chats won’t come cheap. Emirates say the average call costs more than £2 a minute, so someone’s making quite a bit of money out of it too.”

Now, obviously, I’m sure every reader of BlackBerry Cool would love to send and receive emails during flights. Making calls is another issue, however. Would you want the ability to make a call from you BlackBerry during a flight? Or would you rather make sure your fellow passengers can’t? Post a comment and let us know.

(via CN)

JetBlue buys Verizon’s Airfone biz, to offer in-flight email (but not with BlackBerrys)

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BlackBerry Plane

JetBlue Airways has agreed to buy Verizon’s Airfone business to offer e-mail and messaging services aboard planes. Verizon has been shedding businesses lately to focus on its wireless service. The purchase lets JetBlue expand an in-flight messaging service it started testing on one plane in December and plans to add to other aircraft and carriers. JetBlue won a U.S. government auction of airwaves this month to provide Web service on flights.

While this won’t allow us to use our BlackBerrys yet for email goodness, JetBlue has said they’re studying ways to allow passengers to use them during flights. The wait continues…

(via Bloomberg)

Continental Airlines to offer inflight Wi-Fi service

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Continental Airlines logoContinental Airlines has announced that they will be offering Wi-Fi service to customers as part of their new LiveTV service, pending testing. LiveTV offers a wide variety of TV channels free to first class passengers or to economy class for a $6 fee. They are testing Wi-Fi access as part of the service and if all goes well, smartphone and laptop users will able to access BlackBerry email and instant messaging as well as Yahoo! equivalents. This isn’t the first time the BlackBerry has taken to the skies, but it seems a little more restrictive than other services.

American Airlines getting in-flight Wi-Fi?

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American AirlinesIn tandem with JetBlue’s announcement, American Airlines will also be offering Wi-Fi on transcontinental flights on their Boeing 767-200s for ten bucks a pop. The program might not be landing until next year, but still, American Airlines is a big name and could get other airlines to follow suit – after all, if the technology’s there and they can charge an arm and a leg for the service, why wouldn’t they get Wi-Fi on board?

BlackBerry enjoys sky-high Wi-Fi

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PlanesNot only will BlackBerrys be helping you to get on the plane in the first place, but soon they’ll give you something do once you’re in the air, too. Jetblue will be offering free Yahoo! instant messaging and e-mail access for free to BlackBerry users on one of their flights next week to test out in-plane Wi-Fi access. The Airbus A320 dubbed BetaBlue will start the testing next Tuesday on Flight 641 from New York to San Francisco, with the eventual goal of an airline-wide rollout. Of course, once the program goes live, you can expect some pretty hefty fees to be tagged onto data usage – just pretend you’re in Canada.

Air Canada OKs BlackBerry boarding passes

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Air CanadaNot only BlackBerrys, but PDAs, Treos, and standard mobile phones which can display a 2D barcode will now be able to have their Air Canada boarding passes on their handhelds.

Air Canada said the mobile-check in service, which is available at www.mobile.aircanada.com, has been improved to enable customers to receive an electronic boarding pass in SMS form, which can be shown to airport security screen staff and Air Canada gate agents, rather than a paper board pass. … According to the airline, the mobile boarding pass uses recent, secure mobile and 2-D barcode technologies to help simplify the travel experience for its customers. The customer enters information such as their name, departure city and their Aeroplan number, booking reference or credit card number and then enters their mobile number to receive the pass if their device supports 2-D barcode technology.