Twitter, Phweet & American AirlinesMichael Graves | August 23, 2008
Earlier this week Andy Abramson discovered that he could make a Phweet call via Twitter, thereby circumventing the VoIP blocking provisions used by American Airlines Aircell operated GoGo in-flight wifi service.
The folks from Tring Me have been on the Voip Users Conference calls a couple of times. You can hear their Dev 2007 appearance here from the VUC archives. As I recall their widget is both SIP and IAX2 capable.
The VoIP afficionado in me is interested in knowing exactly how they managed to pass the call. More specifically, the scope of the traffic blocking that Aircell is employing. However, the frequent flier in me hopes that making phone calls from planes in the air doesn’t really catch on. What fun it would be to have the person sitting next to you gabbing a great length. Air travel is sufficicently torturous already.
Just the thought of this makes me glad that I carry a set of Etymotic Research ER-6i noise isolating headphones in my bag. In the past I’ve used the Sony MDR-NC10 and MDR-NC11s, but the ER-6s are truly much better. Highly recommended.
Congrats to the folks at Phweet. You’re causing quite a stir.