Anybody try Facetime on a commercial airplane that has Wifi like Virgin America??

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  1. VeNoMiZeD macrumors 6502

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    I asked this question in another post but thought this could get it's own thread.

    I was on Virgin America plane last week to Vegas and they have Wifi onboard ($10) fee. I should of tried it but didn't and was wondering if Facetime would have worked up high in the sky like that. The plane has Wifi so I don't see why not. Anybody tried it on a plane yet?
     
  2. maturola macrumors 68040

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    I did it wit my Girlfriend, and before me Chris Pirillo did it with a bunch of his follower on twitter, and a couple of day ago some other guy did it an got a bunch of press coverage (not sure why, since videocalls over wifi have been here for several years now...but well...)

    edit: here I found the link - http://www.tuaw.com/2010/07/13/confirmed-working-facetime-in-flight/
     
  3. VeNoMiZeD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I probably should of checked Youtube first, lol. We'll that's pretty cool, I know it may be old technology but its nice to have it on a small phone.
     
  4. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    While it is certainly possible, every airline I know of has a policy against VOIP calls being made while in flight...video or otherwise...:(
     
  5. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

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    Well most airlines don't have or offer wifi "in flight" do they?
     
  6. maturola macrumors 68040

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    Not sure how many Airlines you "know" but on Virgin America and AA you can video chat all flight long, At one time one of the flight attendant joined during a iChat conference with a couple of coworker, and I know iJustine, Chris pirillo, Keving rose and other popular blogger usually live stream from the planes.
     
  7. Squid7085 macrumors 6502a

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    I am flying later this month, I will have to give it a shot, assuming they don't block it by then. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    I FaceTime'd my Dad on a flight last week on American Airlines.
     
  9. puregreddy macrumors newbie

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    ...now that just sounds outright disgusting......sorry........:D
     
  10. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    Nine Simple Rules for Web Use on Planes:
    1. Regarding video downloads: Viewers of gory video clips or viral videos that primarily appeal to frat boys must sit in a special section. Other passengers may not want to watch sociopaths and beer chugging -- at least not during meal service.

    2. Access to kids' Websites such as Noggin, Hannah Montana, and Teletubbies are just as disturbing and twice as loud. Toddlers with laptops will have to move to the special section as well.

    3. Downloading Porn? Don't even think about it. (See section #1 about meal service.)

    4. When it comes to streaming audio, headphones, earphones, or earbuds are required. Your digital device, be it a laptop, smart phone, or PDA, must be silent at all times. If it makes a sound, a flight attendant will confiscate it. An air marshal will then dismantle the device and jettison the remains.

    5. Internet phone calls via Skype or another VoIP service should be allowed, as long as they're short. A two-minute maximum will be strictly enforced. An air marshal will time your calls with a stopwatch. (Note: American Airlines and other carriers currently prohibit VoIP calls. How else can they get you to use their ripoff in-flight phone service?)

    6. No BitTorrent users or other bandwidth hogs. Save the bandwidth for everyone else.

    7. Please don't pirate digital content. The RIAA may track your IP address to airplane and consider your seatmate an accomplice and sue him. Save the criminal activity for terra firma.

    8. Don't share spammy chain-letter e-mail jokes with other passengers. And even if the jokes aren't stupid, you still can't share them.

    9. No gigantic laptops. Netbooks are ideal for coach, but those 17-inch or larger monstrosities start to invade your fellow passengers' personal space. (Okay, so that one isn't about Wi-Fi, but please, no desktop replacements in coach. Please?)

    From PC World 08/09
     
  11. Chrisrokc macrumors regular

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    I fly from OKC/DFW DFW/DCA to see family. There is GoGo inflight WiFi that I use and I have used Skype over it. My Skype experience was alright with voice, horrible with video. Skype on my 3GS works well also. I think the problem with Skype is less of bandwidth problem, but more of a problem that GoGo blocks stuff. GoGo WiFi should work really well with FaceTime if they do not block it.
     
  12. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    From Virgin America's own website (under the FAQ's section):

    "Using cellular network services (voice or data) during the flight is not currently allowed by the FCC. For the safety and comfort of our guests, VoIP and Video Chat is also prohibited. With Gogo, you can email, IM or just browse the web for information at broadband speed, so you don’t have to wait until you’re on the ground to keep in touch."


    I understand it is different for European flights/carriers where it is allowed everywhere.
     
  13. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    From American Airlines website:

    "Cell phone and Voice-over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services are not available."


    I'm not saying you can't do it, but it technically isn't allowed and they have found a way to block a lot of services...mostly so you aren't grabbing bandwidth, not so much because it will interrupt other passengers.

    The fact that they don't enforce it on the flight or know the rules is another story....;)
     
  14. Briview macrumors regular

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    I regularly fly on Virgin America from its two hubs (LA & SF) back and forth and since it's frequent, I have the monthly WiFi subscription onboard; FaceTime works just fine for me.
     
  15. Armeniandave macrumors 6502

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    Tried this last night with a buddy flying to Washington and it didn't work.
    It looked like it would connect but then it wouldn't. Skype also seemed to fail.
    I could IM him no problem though.
    Perhaps each airline is different in what it allows to get thru.
     

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