possible to browse the web while on a plane??

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    I'm going to be taking a long flight out of the country and I'm just wondering if its possible to browse the web while up in the air with my droid on airplane mode. Thanks!
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    yes, wifi is ok to use if you turn off your other connections. just do airplane mode and turn your wifi back on. i have a widget to turn wifi on and off (WiFi OnOff by CurveFish) that i recommend.

    note that most wifi hotspots on airlines are PAID services.
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    In a word, no.

    Airplane mode disables all the radios on the phone - remember the warnings they give you to turn off all cell phones? That's what airplane mode does. Kills the transceiver while letting you play games, listen to music or watch a flick.
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    "No" is not the correct answer. As long as the plane has wifi (sometimes they offer it at a small cost), you can connect to the internet via a wifi connection. Just make sure your phone is in airplane mode to avoid interference
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    Signals over 2.4GHz do not disrupt Airline communication transfer, therefore the FAA has deemed that WiFi is safe to use on flights. New phones that have WiFi equipped allow you to enable WiFi after enabling Airplane mode, while keeping the cell network/bluetooth off (such as the Droid or the iPhone). Delta is almost completely GoGo inflight WiFi equipped now, but charges for this service.
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    There's 0.00% chance of cell phones or electronics interfering with an airliner in any way. Everything I need to know I learned watching MythBusters!
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    lol....agreed!
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    That's actually semi-untrue. This is true in airliners that have upgraded systems (most lines in Europe and Asia have these systems), but airlines such as JetBlue, Delta, and American Airlines still uses 10-20 year old systems and cell phone waves could interfere with communications. Until these liners update systems...we'll still be turning off our cell phones. (I'd turn on airplane mode anyway, you can't get service at 30,000 ft. :))
    But I imagine that should happen in a few years, if not already.
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    FYI, the electronic field generated by a cell phone isn't strong enough to accidentally set off fireworks either. A little OT.
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    Uh, there isn't interference between millions of cellphones because of the very technology that drives cell phone communication. You know, code division multiple access (cdma). Just FYI.
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    the only way a phone can cause interference with an aircraft electronics or communication is if more than 50 phones at the same time and on the same frequency is sending out data
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    Any backup for that statement?
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    well you never see a car electronics go haywire when your phone goes off right? and theres a lot more cars than planes so it would be more likely if a phone could interfere with an electronic system it would happen in a vehicle.

    as for the number, it was pulled out of my ass. But that has to be the only reason why we have to turn off all electronics (phones, mp3 players, portable game systems and dvd players) Just on the freak chance that many of them will send off a signal on the same frequency at the same time.
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    So you statement has no merit....
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    no it has logic.
    its already been proven that one doesn't interfere on many myth shows. So either many could or its just another why the government wants to control everyone.
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    I think its the airline's way of enforcing "courtesy".
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    Does not matter what the myth shows have proven...Failure to follow the rules on an aircraft can land you in handcuffs....Once they shut the door, passengers are required to follow their rules, period.....So to each his own.
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    like i said the government way of keeping more control. Obviously 9/11 shown that many cellphones can be used while the plane is close to the ground. So the only other issue is maybe it can do something during liftoff and landing.

    Which is unlikely.
    Just because its a rule doesn't mean its there for a reason other than annoyance.
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    Want to test it first hand? I'll pay for the flight after your released from custody....
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    i left my phone and other electronics on many times... by accident of course. And the flight was unaffected and not even noticed. Keep your phone on in your pocket and watch nothing happen.
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