About 15 years ago, I was on a flight from NYC to Dallas. Those were the days of airline provided sat phone. The guy sitting next to me was on that phone for the entire flight - one call right after the other.
How distracting! Flying used to be a time for contemplation - no longer.
Really interresting. Last time I taked a plane from "United airlines", they had a "On demand" system with a touchscreen. I watched "The Big Bang Theory" and "Dexter" on the plane for free.
The flight seem short and I really enjoy that.
Open the GPRS seem on the same kind of "add value" for enjoy your ride.
For the price, I do a 5 days cruise to Tamba, FL / Mexico / Tampa, FL. On that boat, they charge $1.99 per minute. The $1.60 per minute seem cheap to me (for a begin). This only could become cheaper with popularity.
"How is someone talking on the phone any different from someone talking to the person next to them? It's not any louder or more obnoxious...."
Because nobody is talking to their friends RIGHT NEXT TO YOU. Usually you hear some people talking in the distance, because they bought tickets together and are sitting next to each other. Even if it's one row up, there some distance. But imagine having someone about 12 inches from your head blabbing their mouth directly towards you. At least if they're talking to a friend their mouths and projecting the sound away from your ear. But on a cellphone, they are projecting straight forward or even in your direction. This would be VERY ANNOYING.