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Lufthansa allows cellphone use on long-haul flights

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Lufthansa has completed its technical preparations for the use of mobile phones during flights: soon, the use of mobile phones for sending SMS and data transmission will be possible on flights from Frankfurt and Munich to North America and the Middle East. Phone calls remain banned. Also, the devices on mute must be switched Board staff will remember.

The first eight engines of the society were equipped with the technology, more long-haul aircraft to follow. Roaming charges are incurred for use. Probably cell phones - such as at other airlines may be activated usual - only from a certain flight level; for takeoff and landing they must, disable usually what some experts consider but exaggerated.

As a technical partner, Lufthansa serves Aero mobile, which in turn can present 240 national global radio network partner. All four network operators are T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and O2, in the United States, AT & T and Verizon, as well as in the UK Vodafone, EE and three in Germany.

The introduction of the mobile radio support had planned long Lufthansa here but also always stressed in the interview ban to remain. Phone calls are possible on Lufthansa flights only with permanently-installed satellite phones. Also, there is the possibility to access via Wi-Fi on a satellite data link since 2004. Originally, Lufthansa placed on offering connexion by Boeing, there are now Lufthansa FlyNet instead.

[with material from Jo Best, ZDNet.com]

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