Wireless Usage Tested on Airplanes

By Deane Barker on July 16, 2004

Cell phones test positive on AA flight: The days of not being able to use wireless devices from airplanes in flight may be coming to an end. Qualcomm is working on making CDMA-powered devices airliner-friendly.

Jacobs said San Diego-based Qualcomm would spend the next two years testing whether electronic signals interfered with the jet’s avionics system. He also said the technology would be improved and the one-second delay would be shortened.

Eventually, air travelers should be able to make calls, download movies and do all sorts of other things with wireless devices aboard jetliners, he said.