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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by AndroidSPCS, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Android Expert
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    I flew last night and put my phone on Airplane Mode. I noticed the GPS icon still going off.

    I thought Airplane Mode meant that all signals are stopped? Especially if it's using aGPS? :thinking:

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  2. B1ny

    B1ny Lurker

    GPS works A-GPS don't.
  3. kahale

    kahale Android Enthusiast

    i don't think gps affects anything and won't cause problems. agps relies on data network from carrier. im curious did it locate your location correctly when you were in the air?
  4. dkjones96

    dkjones96 Android Enthusiast

    GPS doesn't transmit anything.
  5. krishnac

    krishnac Newbie

    a-gps doesn't work on the ground either :(. Here's to hoping for an improvement in the coming 2.1 update.
  6. ned23

    ned23 Member

    That's right, it's a receiving function. So it's okay on an airplane.
  7. Spendlove

    Spendlove Lurker

    Depends on which drink server -er- stewardess -er- FLIGHT ATTENDANT (that's it!) is on your flight. They don't understand a GPS unit is only a receiver and made me turn mine off, while people were using wireless headphones all over the place.

    Aside from that, many flights now have free wifi on the flight. Not to mention the fact that radio towers, radar signals, satellites, and the freaking SUN do not stop transmitting just because we're in the air.
    Yes, airplane mode just stops all (but the most miniscule) transmissions from the phone.

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