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LuganoPirate in your case it would seem as if the SMS came from the ground, so the costs would be what ever that carrier was charging. It just wouldn’t have worked too well at 38,000 feet due to low signal and a fast moving aircraft.
If however you get on an Emirates a/c that has their own cell, then the service provider to the airline will set their own rates, which will be based on satellite costs because thats how the cell communicates with the ground.
MrMichael, yeah assumed it was an inbuilt phone or maybe Emirates, as I said not much coverage in most of Australia due to there being not much out there. I mean to say there are stations/farms that are 1/5th the size of the whole of England.