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In-flight Internet access has had its up and downs, and, yes, this article will have its share of aviation-related puns. An aborted launch by Boeing in 2004 seemed to ground the idea, but a second attempt in 2008 has remained aloft. Each day, nearly 1,100 planes—totaling 4,000 flights carrying an average of 500,000 passengers—ply their way over America while carrying WiFi gear from Aircell. Meanwhile, other providers power a few hundred planes in the US and the rest of the globe with either full Internet access or, more commonly, limited GSM-based text and data service.
I was at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and I went to the aircraft exhibit for China Eastern and they were planning on using LED tech for wifi.
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LED tech?
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Please explain this "LED Tech."

Edit: Here is an article I found on LEDs being used as Wifi access points. It's actually quite ingenious.

http://telecommunications.tmcnet.com...-minnesota.htm
Edited by Tweex - 6/6/11 at 5:57am
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cant see this catching on.
They said we would be able to use cell phones on-board
and on emirates London to Dubai on the A380 u can but its around $10 a min is i remember correctly without over exaggerating. and i think $2 to 5 a text message.

All new tech is great but unless it goes main stream and affordable for people in econ class, the money invested in R&D wont have as much return. (IMO)
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Basically using LEDs to transmit signals.
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seriously? you need interent that badly on a flight? come on.....just wait to land and then get on the internet at the airport...
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When I flew Virgin from Seattle to L.A. for Christmas they were letting you use the WiFi for free, it wasn't horrible, you know for checking email and basic browsing was fine, but definately not streaming or anything. Dunno if'd I'd pay for it though.
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und $10 a min is i remember correctly without over exaggerating. and i think $2 to 5 a text message.
Yea but thats chump change in Dubai.
    
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seriously? you need interent that badly on a flight? come on.....just wait to land and then get on the internet at the airport...

Absolutely true but some need it really bad. I don't really care because if I'm going anywhere on a plane. I'll be sleeping the whole time...well, trying to. I hate jet lag. The thing is though, I don't really think somebody's going to stay at an airport that long unless they're waiting for somebody to come and they have to come late or unless you have to wait for a long time between flight exchanges.
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China Southern needs this and new planes, badly
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