Best Use of a PowerBook: Free In-Flight Phone Calls

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 00:17
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Edward Vielmetti claims to have telephoned a colleague on a commercial flight using in-flight WiFi Internet access and free Internet telephony service Skype.

I spoke with Valdis Krebs this afternoon who was high over the Atlantic flying SAS on his way home from eastern Europe. He was talking to me using Skype, and not paying anything extra for the call over and above the $29 fee he paid for 6 hours of wifi service.
The flight used Boeing’s Connexion service. Skype sound quality was as good as ever – he didn’t have a separate mic and was just using the built-in on his Mac PowerBook.

Boeing offers in-flight wireless internet access for a US$30 flat rate on some flights. According to one of the comments, the Connexion service offer a respectable 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up with an option for 20 Mbps down with existing equipment.


Edward Vielmetti claims to have telephoned a colleague on a commercial flight using in-flight WiFi Internet access and free Internet telephony service Skype.

I spoke with Valdis Krebs this afternoon who was high over the Atlantic flying SAS on his way home from eastern Europe. He was talking to me using Skype, and not paying anything extra for the call over and above the $29 fee he paid for 6 hours of wifi service.
The flight used Boeing’s Connexion service. Skype sound quality was as good as ever – he didn’t have a separate mic and was just using the built-in on his Mac PowerBook.

Boeing offers in-flight wireless internet access for a US$30 flat rate on some flights. According to one of the comments, the Connexion service offer a respectable 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up with an option for 20 Mbps down with existing equipment.

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