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Survey: 74% of US Americans say NO to in-flight calling, YES to data

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 21, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nearly three out of four consumers(1) agree that mobile phone usage on airplanes should be restricted to silent features only according to a new survey commissioned by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) and conducted by Harris Interactive(R). The survey demonstrates that U.S. consumers today view their mobile phone as more than just a phone, it's a computer in their pocket with a wide variety of features. Consumers surveyed support the ability to access mobile phone features like e-mail, text and IM while in-flight, but made clear their preference for no talking.

"There is an increasing debate about the use of mobile phones on airplanes," said Bruce Stewart, vice president and general manager, Connected Life Americas, Yahoo!. "This new survey overwhelmingly proves the desire of consumers to stay connected to the people, information, interests and passions that are important to them while in-flight, but they don't want to be forced to listen to the conversation of the passenger sitting next to them."

Across the U.S.A., but especially in the West, most consumers agree that mobile phone usage on planes should be restricted to non-talking features only:

-- West: 83 percent

-- Northeast: 72 percent

-- Midwest: 73 percent

-- South: 69 percent


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