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redheadtempe33 Jul 31, 10 4:51 pm


Originally Posted by SusanYVR (Post 14398825)
Does AA allow using smartphone to make Skype phone calls via onboard WiFi?

Don't be that guy ... (or girl)

Middle_Seat Jul 31, 10 4:53 pm


Originally Posted by Hyperacusis (Post 14399166)
...But I've been in situations similar to SusanYVR where one person sitting in F decides that it is absolutely paramount that in addition to her friend across the aisle, the entire F cabin must know every detail behind her wedding planning....

Is this a situation in which flying Coach is better than F? Back in row 99, the ambient noise is so loud you can't hear anyone more than a seat away :D

MarcusWorth Jul 31, 10 4:56 pm

Out of curiosity, I tested my BlackBerry Bold mobile (using UMA) on a recent AA flight and was able to place a call.

Admitedly, I did this in the W.C. and rather quietly so as not to disturb other passengers but the signal was clear and the other party had no idea I was on a plane.

musicbizwiz Jul 31, 10 5:32 pm

while the rules prohibit it, the connection doesn't.

i've tested skype by checking voicemail.

and ichat was able to make a video connection.

while i don't use either to communicate via voice, i do use ichat regularly to communicate realtime via text with employees, producers, etc. when i'm in the middle of a project and flying. it's made a difference a few times in helping me meet deadlines while i was in transit.

mvoight Jul 31, 10 7:30 pm


Originally Posted by SusanYVR (Post 14398969)
using VOIP to talk on a plane isn't necessarily rude...... heck, I was on a flight last week from SFO to JFK. Two women on the opposite side of first class kept talking during the entire flight. They were so loud that I could hear every word they spoke. The only time they stopped was when one of them had to use the loo. :(

When the FA asked them "nicely" to keep it down... they responded by saying that they paid full fare first class tickets and shoudl be treated accordingly, not the riff-raffs who got into first class using upgrades. Where's the FAM in first class when you need one? :mad:

How did the FA respond? Apparently the non "riff-raff" don't know how to behave in public.

danielonn Jul 31, 10 10:17 pm

They are available
 
If you can access WIfi then you can access Skype. They just want you to use their expensive phone service. There are workarounds like DNS spoofing so American does not even know you are using Skype. Try it out.

mvoight Jul 31, 10 10:24 pm


Originally Posted by danielonn (Post 14400522)
If you can access WIfi then you can access Skype. They just want you to use their expensive phone service. There are workarounds like DNS spoofing so American does not even know you are using Skype. Try it out.

It's not about them wanting to use their phones. In fact, many of them have been removed. I really don't want to be annoyed by cell phones or other phones on the plane. i have never heard a long conversation on an air phone. I have used one only twice. Once was right before an emergency landing, and the other time was because I wanted to talk to a woman I was in love with. It was the first time she told me she loved me. I am not in favor of idle chit chat on the plane, nor did I consider it appropriate to discuss business issues in a public place, where you conversation can be heard by others. It is enough that people can't even seem to avoid the quiet zone signs in Admiral's CLubs

MissJoeyDFW Jul 31, 10 10:53 pm

"SusanYVR - using VOIP to talk on a plane isn't necessarily rude...... heck, I was on a flight last week from SFO to JFK. Two women on the opposite side of first class kept talking during the entire flight. They were so loud that I could hear every word they spoke. "



I would find someone using VOIP to talk on a plane rude, intrusive, annoying, irritating and just about every other negative word you could think of. I hope calls are never allowed. I enjoy the peace and quiet I get on a plane and wouldn't want to hear another person yammering on the phone non-stop during a flight. Loud people on a plane happen infrequently, I am afraid if people could make phone calls it would be every single flight.

SusanYVR Aug 1, 10 2:51 am


Originally Posted by MissJoeyDFW (Post 14400611)
"SusanYVR - using VOIP to talk on a plane isn't necessarily rude...... heck, I was on a flight last week from SFO to JFK. Two women on the opposite side of first class kept talking during the entire flight. They were so loud that I could hear every word they spoke. "



I would find someone using VOIP to talk on a plane rude, intrusive, annoying, irritating and just about every other negative word you could think of. I hope calls are never allowed. I enjoy the peace and quiet I get on a plane and wouldn't want to hear another person yammering on the phone non-stop during a flight. Loud people on a plane happen infrequently, I am afraid if people could make phone calls it would be every single flight.

Agreed. Now let's find a way to shut up the pilots who insist on coming on the PA and point out every landmark/river/mountain/lake on a 5-hour flight. :)

dsg10715 Aug 1, 10 2:54 am

If i ever see someone trying to make phone calls i will start streaming eight or nine utube videos at once to jam the bandwidth

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Originally Posted by brp (Post 14398927)
Right. It's not a question of breaking the lock, because that can always be done. It's a question of "what's the policy," and "what is considerate of others." The answers on both of these are very clear.

Cheers.

T

zphelj Aug 1, 10 8:16 am


Originally Posted by MarcusWorth (Post 14399473)
Out of curiosity, I tested my BlackBerry Bold mobile (using UMA) on a recent AA flight and was able to place a call.

Admitedly, I did this in the W.C. and rather quietly so as not to disturb other passengers but the signal was clear and the other party had no idea I was on a plane.

Calling from the W.C. may be considerate of your other passengers, but what about your caller? ;)

IMHO someone making a voice and/or video call next to me is greatly preferred over many other in-flight occurrences. Screaming baby comes to mind 1st and the list drags on from there ..

Dallas49er Aug 1, 10 9:08 am

Put me down in the camp of NO CELLPHONES! ^

If you can't get it done on the ground, take a later flight.

As for go-go, voip, skype, etc,, just because you have it, doesn't mean you HAVE to use it. :td:

Hyperacusis Aug 1, 10 9:18 am


Originally Posted by zphelj (Post 14401829)
Calling from the W.C. may be considerate of your other passengers, but what about your caller? ;)

IMHO someone making a voice and/or video call next to me is greatly preferred over many other in-flight occurrences. Screaming baby comes to mind 1st and the list drags on from there ..

My point exactly. I'd rather have the guy who needs to make a 5 minute business call than the parent refusing to calm her baby on a 15 hour DXB-IAH flight (yes, this happened last month. I had to walk up to the parent and ask her to quieten her baby. Just like I would ask a loud pax on the phone to shut it.).

The airline can set limits on how long VOIP conversations can last, and ask the FAs to enforce it. VOIP could be blocked on red-eyes. The FA's can always ask pax being excessively loud to quieten down. By law, pax are required to obey FA instructions. When controlled well, I don't see why VOIP is such a huge issue. There is worse out there.

AAerSTL Aug 1, 10 11:57 am

I had an encounter with the EXP desk last year when my flight to DFW was delayed for mx, I called via GoGo to make sure I was protected on another DFW-BOS. Agent was very helpful and rebooked me in F.
At the end of the conversation she said "ohhm aren't you supposed to be in the air now?".
Me: "yes I am in the air now". (Agent unaware calls are prohibited and AA was installing Gogo)
AAgent: "How resourceful of you to call how did you do that?"
Me: "Go-go in flight internet"

brenc3 Aug 1, 10 12:13 pm


Originally Posted by zphelj (Post 14401829)
Calling from the W.C. may be considerate of your other passengers, but what about your caller? ;)

Nothing I don't see regularly in washrooms in restaurants, stores, airports, etc... :eek:


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