Saint Louis, MO
|reply to EvelKub |
Re: Overwhelm the registration system?
You don't get signal up there anyways. Antennas aren't pointing up at the clouds, and there's little reason for the cellular companies to change that. 3gpp networks (GSM, HSPA, LTE) are designed to work for users moving up to the speed of european high speed trains. So above 200mph, they won't typically operate anyways. In essence, if you're in a commercial airliner, by the time you pull through about 3,000 feet you'll already be too high and too fast to register (and certainly too fast for any reliable throughput).
If you're flying a cessna this might matter since they fly lower and at a similar speed as most high speed trains. But the only practical change for most travelers will be the ability to still have cellular access between the door of the plane closing and when the plane takes off.
"What makes us omniscient? Have we a record of omniscience? ...If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we'd better reexamine our reasoning."
-United States Secretary of Defense (1961-1968) Robert S. McNamara
I have sent and received texts at 5000 feet. it was great up to about 3000, then it was spotty. The cell towers broadcast in more of a sphere pattern like your phone does, but past 5000 feet, it didnt work.