I know I have always wanted internet access on my flights. I also wouldn’t mind it on the subway and many other places. It turns out that there seems to be two trends of how to bring this to reality. The first involves allowing wireless data access over GSM or CDMA on the phone allowing for phone calls and data. The second solution is one like this recently announced product from Honeywell. It allows for WiFi internet access on the plane for WiFi enabled handhelds, laptops, & BlackBerry devices.
I kind of like the WiFi approach because I cannot imagine having to deal with a real estate agent yapping away on the phone near me. On the other hand they could tie down the GSM or CDMA connection to data only which would solve the calling problem. Don’t get me wrong even with WiFi there are already VOIP and UMA enabled handhelds that can make calls over WiFi. Also with regard to BlackBerry devices, WiFi functionality is not available for many 3rd party applications so many would not work until updated. Though that would probably change.
So I have to ask how would you like to see internet access enabled on airplanes? Or would you rather not see it at all?