This month, Emirates became the latest airline to add in-flight cell phone service to its fleet of A380 aircraft. The Dubai-based carrier, which had offered a similar service on other aircraft since 2008, joins Virgin Atlantic, Etihad, and nearly two dozen other airlines around the world in permitting satellite-based mobile service so their passengers can make calls and send text messages from the air. While increasing numbers of American carriers offer on-board Wi-Fi, none so far allow for mobile phone calls or text messages. Read the full story at ARS Technica.

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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit


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