For the millions of people that fly every year one of the biggest problems is not being able to use your mobile phone while in the air. Emirates Airlines in the Middle East began allowing passengers to use their mobile phones in flight on some of its aircraft a few weeks ago.
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Now Ofcom has approved the use of cellular phones on planes flying in European airspace. The decision means that mobile phones can be used once the aircraft reaches an altitude of 3000m or more. Ofcom says that the decision to offer the service will be up to each airline individually.
The planes will have to be fitted with small mobile phone base stations called pico cells that generate a bubble of coverage around the aircraft. Calls made in flight will be routed to the terrestrial network via satellite. There is no word on if the service would cost more to use than your normal rate plan for your mobile phone.
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Via BBC News.