WHEN IT COMES TO INFLIGHT CONNECTIVITY, THE US AND the rest of the world appear to be on diverging flight paths. While their counterparts in Europe, Asia and the Middle East have embraced sophisticated multipurpose, satellite-based systems enabling passengers to connect virtually anywhere by mobile phone, the majority of US airlines are settling for simpler solutions that offer broadband data capability for Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as laptops, PDAs and smartphones but not voice ...

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