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Airplane Mode

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Soniq2 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Sep 6, 2010 3:24 PM
Does Airplane mode turn off all 3 radios (Wi-Fi, Cell and Bluetooth) in the iPhone?

The reason I ask is when I'm traveling and the captain of the airplane (Delta) announces that all "cell phones must be turned off for the duration of the flight", can't I place my iPhone 3GS into Airplane mode and continue listening to my music (or movies) without fear of interfering in any way with aircraft communication?

-Mike
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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,370 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 3:26 PM (in response to Soniq2)
    Airplane mode turns off all iPhone radios, & yes you can continue to use your ipod. FYI: In airplane mode you can go back into settings & turn WiFi & Bluetooth on.
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  • LarksHead Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 3:33 PM (in response to Soniq2)
    Generally, during take-offs and landings you are required to turn off ALL electronic devices whether they have radios or not. That includes simple iPods and MP3 players as well as phones. After you reach cruising altitude they will generally allow you to turn on non-transmitting devices.

    All of this is completely at the discretion of the flight crew and they may have stricter requirements if they choose.

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  • Billy Brenden Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2010 2:48 AM (in response to LarksHead)
    Airplane mode is one of the best incentive to have on iPhone. However most of the airlines think that it does not work as Apple claims. There is no real prove that it works!!!

    It is really very disappointing that we iPhone lovers are forced to keep our best entertaining phone away while on boring domestic flight!

    If the airplane mode does not have a clear userability, why have it in the iphone to destroy our excitement later when those air crew forcing us to switch off the phone totally.

    Will there be any publication to prove to those airline that it is safe?
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  • TeddyPierre Calculating status...
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    Nov 11, 2010 11:46 PM (in response to Soniq2)
    When returning my iPhone4 from airplane mode to normal mode I am unable to make calls (message 'call failed'). The only way to sort this out is Reload everytime.. a big pain! I now avoid airplane mode as a result. Anyone else experienced this? Any help?
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  • Andrea Rimicci Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 12:14 AM (in response to Soniq2)
    Soniq2 wrote:
    Does Airplane mode turn off all 3 radios (Wi-Fi, Cell and Bluetooth) in the iPhone?...


    Yes.

    And, as pointed by wjosten, you can THEN go manually to enable again the radio transmitter of your choose.

    IMHO, when in Airplane mode, all the iPhone radios *must be off* regardless the settings done. Right now, it is a fake airplane mode, as long as you can reenable radio when airplane mode still on

    Message was edited by: Andrea Rimicci
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  • The 5er Driver Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 3:36 AM (in response to Andrea Rimicci)
    "Right now, it is a fake airplane mode, as long as you can reenable radio when airplane mode still on"

    It's not a fake airplane mode. Some airlines offer WiFi internet access on selected flights, so it is a sensible feature to be able to turn on the WiFi while still in "airplane mode".
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  • Andrea Rimicci Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 8:42 AM (in response to The 5er Driver)
    The 5er Driver wrote:
    "Right now, it is a fake airplane mode...

    It's not a fake airplane mode. Some airlines offer WiFi internet access on selected flights, so it is a sensible feature to be able to turn on the WiFi while still in "airplane mode".


    "Airplane mode" is intended as "turn off any transmitting device", and it is what happens when you turn it on.

    If you want all off, but not all off, this is called paradox.

    IMHO if you want all off, turn on the Airplane mode, and if you want something working, keep Airplane mode off and go enable/disable your services of choose.

    Then, Airplane mode on, and all wireless services running anyway, because you turned them on afterwards, isnt'it a fake?

    But we discussing semantics and gone OT. The original question more than answered.
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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 9:00 AM (in response to Andrea Rimicci)
    IMHO if you want all off, turn on the Airplane mode, and if you want something working, keep Airplane mode off and go enable/disable your services of choose.


    But there is no way to turn off the cellular radio when Airplane mode is enabled. Airplane mode is as the term indicates - to be used when on an Airplane as is required when turning on such a device during flight when instructed it is OK to do so, and the instructions provided include that Airplane mode must be enabled when turning on such a device.

    A number of Airlines now offer wi-fi access during flight. Apple included the option to enable wi-fi access after turning on Airplane mode for this reason. All other radios are off when doing so. Without having Airplane mode enabled, you can turn off bluetooth and GPS/location services, data access via the cellular network, but you can't turn off the cellular radio for calls which is required during flight when instructed that it is OK to power on such a device.

    You can't turn all radios on after turning Airplane mode on. You can turn wi-fi access on for wi-fi internet access during a flight that includes the option, and you can turn on bluetooth for those with a bluetooth headset that want to listen to music without a wired connection. That is it - all other radios are off when doing so - cellular, cellular data, and GPS/location services which aren't allowed during flight. Wi-Fi and bluetooth access are allowed during flight.
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  • Andrea Rimicci Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 9:46 AM (in response to Allan Sampson)
    Allan Sampson wrote:
    ...You can't turn all radios on after turning Airplane mode on. You can turn wi-fi access on ... you can turn on bluetooth ... all other radios are off ...


    This makes sense. Had missed the cellular radio can't be turned on. Thanks to point it out

    As long as GPS is passive, does is it really turned off anyway? Just wonder...
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  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,675 points)
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    Nov 12, 2010 10:42 AM (in response to Andrea Rimicci)
    As long as GPS is passive, does is it really turned off anyway? Just wonder...


    According to Apple, GPS is turned off in Airplane Mode...

    +When airplane mode is on, appears in the status bar at the top of the screen. No phone, radio, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth signals are emitted from iPhone and GPS reception is turned off, disabling many of iPhone’s features.+

    See p. 184 of the manual... http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/iPhone_iOS4_UserGuide.pdf
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