Monday, July 19, 2004

Using Mobile Phones on Aeroplanes

New Scientist has a story on a "base station" that can be installed in a plane to relay mobile phone calls to a satellite.

I had been wondering for a while why mobile phones can't be used on planes, the usual explanation of interfering with navigation equipment seemed a bit lame (and this article refutes it).

One possibility I'd heard was that the phone could "see" too many base stations and therefore overloaded the system by communicating with 100s of them rather than the usual 3 or 4, but being out of range of the base stations seems a more likely reason.

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