1. stan450z's Avatar
    Can I make +receive calls on an airplane using the WiFi on board w/Blackberry. I can use internet w/a computer in first class on those long Trans-Atlantic flights. I am sure the emails or texts would go through but can calls be made?
    09-02-09 07:40 PM
  2. sunNsnow's Avatar
    Depends on if the airline wifi service is blocking internet calling websites like Skype. My understanding is that they do block Skype, but I never actually researched it. I just remember it mentioned in some of the blogs I read.
    09-02-09 07:54 PM
  3. McCracken's Avatar
    The blackberry has to support WIFI VOIP calling.
    09-02-09 07:59 PM
  4. stan450z's Avatar
    im not talking about skype im talking about dialing numbers and calling them as you regularly would on the ground.
    09-02-09 08:21 PM
  5. McCracken's Avatar
    im not talking about skype im talking about dialing numbers and calling them as you regularly would on the ground.
    Then No. I've never heard of any phone being able to do this.
    09-02-09 08:24 PM
  6. Shao128's Avatar
    This can be done if the phone and carrier supports UMA, the wifi on board will allows need to allow it, but it can be done.
    09-02-09 08:26 PM
  7. Radius's Avatar
    This can be done if the phone and carrier supports UMA, the wifi on board will allows need to allow it, but it can be done.
    Yep, exactly. I am going to China in November with my new UMA enabled phone and I really really hope they have Wi-Fi on the flight. It'll help pass the time.
    09-02-09 08:27 PM
  8. stan450z's Avatar
    so does a blackberry 8330 with att or verizon work?
    09-02-09 08:55 PM
  9. McCracken's Avatar
    an 8330 doesn't have wifi...
    09-02-09 09:01 PM
  10. Radius's Avatar
    an 8330 doesn't have wifi...
    What? I'm pretty sure they do.
    09-02-09 09:07 PM
  11. kjjb0204's Avatar
    What? I'm pretty sure they do.
    8330 absolutely does not have wifi
    09-02-09 09:08 PM
  12. kjjb0204's Avatar
    airline wifi will not support uma, so no phone use.
    09-02-09 09:09 PM
  13. McCracken's Avatar
    What? I'm pretty sure they do.
    NO. NO not at all. It has a data connection like every other blackberry, but it is a CDMA device and for verizon... Verizon does not offer a blackberry with WIFI yet. I've owned several 8330's and I'd be buggered if they had wifi...
    09-02-09 09:17 PM
  14. word2218#CB's Avatar
    the WIFI on delta supports UMA. its too slow to hold a conversation, but the phone can dial out on UMA and I could hear my friend using a t-mobile 8320 for about a second before it faded to static.

    everything else worked fine over wifi though.
    09-02-09 10:19 PM
  15. Xopher's Avatar
    UMA would be the only way this would work, so either using UMA through Rogers or T-Mobile. AT&T, even though they have WifiBerrys, doesn't support UMA, but you could still use WiFi for other things.

    Since there aren't any CDMA Berrys out yet that support WiFi (until the Storm 2 or Essex arrive), you can't use VZW, Sprint, USCC, or any other CDMA carrier while in flight - radio has to be turned off.
    09-03-09 08:56 AM
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