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Old 08-23-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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This may be true, but I doubt the signal will get that far up.
I work fairly close to the eNB and RNC industry and I have never heard of drive tests being able to pick up a cell tower that far away.
Anything above 5-6k AGL and you lose reception has been my experience in smaller aircraft like 4 and 6 seaters.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Anything above 5-6k AGL and you lose reception has been my experience in smaller aircraft like 4 and 6 seaters.
I was flying private one time. (not mine ) and a friend asked about cell phones in the plane to the pilots. They said you can use them all you want we dont care you just wont get much reception up at 40,000ft + I think we were at 44,000ft and I tried turning my phone on and I had some service for a little bit. I believe if you are close enough to a tower even if you are 40,000ft above it, you can get service.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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I was flying private one time. (not mine ) and a friend asked about cell phones in the plane to the pilots. They said you can use them all you want we dont care you just wont get much reception up at 40,000ft + I think we were at 44,000ft and I tried turning my phone on and I had some service for a little bit. I believe if you are close enough to a tower even if you are 40,000ft above it, you can get service.
Yeah, I have seen service at around 20,000 ft on a commercial flight once. A lady sitting next to me never shut her phone off and suddenly got a call - it scared the crap out of her. We were slightly into our descent, so I guess ~20,000 ft.
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