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Q16: Can I use my cellular telephone in an airplane? A: FCC regulations effective March 9, 1992 state that: o Cellular phone use while airborne is illegal. Regulations permit cellular phone companies to cut off service of violators. o Cellular phone use on the ground is legal, as far as the FCC is concerned. Of course, FAA regulations still apply; for private flights this isn't a big deal, for airline flights the FAA is apparently making guidelines on when to allow cellular phone use. Further info is in the Federal Register, vol. 57, pages 830-831. | Cellular radio service includes 900 MHz systems. PCS services in the | 1.8 GHz band are governed by different rules, and operation is not | prohibited in aircraft by FCC rules. However, in practice, most newer | cellular and PCS systems utilize antennas which don't radiate upwards | so the phone simply won't work in the air. | Air Cell, Inc. (http://www.aircell.com) has an airborne cellular system | which is being rolled out in the US; it utilizes special cell phone | equipment in the $4-7K range and costs about $1.75/minute to use.