Mifi on Airplane
BGMurphy2009
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Has anyone tried using Mifi in flight?  Does it work?  Is it illegal (probably)?

 

Thanks.

 

 

BGM

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Brothergrim
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I would assume not allowed just like cell phones arnt allowed to be on. Plus you need to be in range of a tower. So depending on where your flying could casue an issue as well.

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Heird
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In general, it just won't work.  In some instances, with varying altitudes, your card would be able to get service, but it uses the same EVDO abilities like a phone, so it would be "disallowed" via FCC regulations.  Some airline companies provide WiFi on flights, I beleive Delta has recently joined in.

 

But short answer, no, it won't work.  At least it shouldn't.  And it frowned upon by the airlines.

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blackwidowinsc
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Just like a cell phone, turn if off while in flight.  If you keep it on attempting to establish  aninternet connection, I could see a fast reduction in your battery level for the device.  It would constantly search for a 1X signal that it will not find, and this will drain the batterty quickly.
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