Calling from nowhere in the ocean

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Anachronism. Imagine that some people in the Titanic had a cellphone to dial 911 when the cruiseliner hit the iceberg. James Cameron wouldn’t make his blockbuster movie, no one would have heard of the “Heart of the Ocean”, yes indeed but above all, thousands life would have been saved.

So time will tell, but the new wireless network that Carnival Cruise Lines will install isn’t only for commercial purposes. Currently, only one ship provides the service but about 21 ships should be equipped by early next year.

According to Mobiledia, another cruiseliner, Royal Caribbean International, also plans to provide the service on all 20 ships by the year’s end.

Users can make and receive phone calls, but also text messages ― useful to get global position system coordinates. The next step for wireless communications will be accessing the Internet.

Jun 24, 2006 | By Nuno

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