“Where are you, Dad?” “Somewhere over the Atlantic!” Sending a Whatsapp with a picture from a Boeing 747-8 at an altitude of 10,000 meters is still fascinating.
The only expensive service is Flynet, continuous surfing costs 25 euros.
In New York then down to earth.
What Telekom and Lufthansa can do across the Atlantic overwhelms Vodafone at zero altitude above sea level.
The smartphone always finds a mobile cell.
But the Internet data always flows with Edge, i.e. via one of the oldest and slowest mobile network standards.
And actually they don't flow at all.
No emails, Whatsapps, websites arrive on the cell phone.
In the hotel and its WLAN, then the bitter realization that the next few days in the city that never sleeps, the mobile phone connection for Internet data will always be idle.
"The technical limitation", as Vodafone reports in its SMS, has been there for customers for months, as affected US travelers complain in forums.
There are still two days left until the return flight with secure broadband internet.
So get into the free WLANs of the hotels, cafés, museums or sights.
It is usually even enough to stand outside the door.
Or ask the nice colleagues with a T-Mobile contract if they could google something for a moment.
It's actually a good idea to talk to people instead of staring at the screen.
On the day of the return flight there was still time to visit the viewing platform The Edge.
Of course with WiFi.
"Where are you dad right now?" "I'm standing at an altitude of 336 meters, I'll call you right now via video chat."