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Thread: What is Airplane mode????

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    What is Airplane mode????

    I don't remember seeing this on any of my other cell phones.
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    It's a quick way to shut off all wireless (radio) communication on your phone.

    You can use it when you're in a dead zone so roaming doesn't eat your battery and of course when you're on a plane.
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    basically kills off the phone capabilities of your device. your wifi will still work but as for voice/data, nope.
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    No it turns of Wifi too.
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    It makes your phone a sexy paperweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phone View Post
    It's a quick way to shut off all wireless (radio) communication on your phone.

    You can use it when you're in a dead zone so roaming doesn't eat your battery and of course when you're on a plane.
    Quote Originally Posted by dezymond View Post
    basically kills off the phone capabilities of your device. your wifi will still work but as for voice/data, nope.
    Quote Originally Posted by whatiam View Post
    No it turns of Wifi too.

    So in other word you may as well just turn off your phone unless you are going to play games or listen to music.
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    It does NOT appear to disable WiFi... I enabled Airplane Mode, then I turned on my WiFi. It connected to my home network just fine -- was able to browse the web with no issues.

    EDIT: It does appear that if you enable WiFi *before* you turn on Airplane Mode, it will then disable WiFi. You then simply have to turn WiFi back on, and you're good -- WiFi while in Airplane mode.
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    ya wifi should work i belive some airlanes are offering in flight wifi now
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    A smartphone is much more than just a phone. Entering "Flight Mode" satisfies the FAA requirement that all wireless communication devices be disabled for the duration of the flight.

    Being in "Flight Mode" will allow you to still use the PDA functions (calendar, word processor, spreadsheet, and even compose e-mails) of your smartphone without violating FAA regulations. In addition, there are the entertainment options that newer smartphones are equipped with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasDroid View Post
    Entering "Flight Mode" satisfies the FAA requirement that all wireless communication devices be disabled for the duration of the flight.
    This is a common misconception -- it is not the FAA that requires this. It is the FCC. Cellular telephone radio spectrum is specfied as "ground-based radiotelephone communications" by the FCC. Thus, you cannot use it while in the air without violating FCC reg's.

    The airlines themselves (not specifically the FAA) have stated they are concerned about electronic and RF interference with the plane's systems, and therefore ask you to turn off your electronic devices during take-off and landing. But it is not an FAA requirement that no wireless communications devices be used on an airplane. Many airlines are, in fact, offering WiFi service on their flights now. They couldn't offer it if the FAA had reg's against wireless communications devices. (I believe they do deactivate the on-board WiFi service during take-off and landing, just as a precaution -- but I could be wrong about that.)
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