AT&T and Verizon gear up to offer LTE cell data for drones

From The Verge:

Verizon will soon start offering data plans for drones, allowing pilots to connect their devices to the telecom's network to stream video and transmit other data to a computer or smartphone on the ground. The plans will start at 1GB for $25 a month and 10GB for $80 a month, according to The Wall Street Journal. While media transmission is one obvious use case, having working LTE mobile chips on drones could also in the future help companies pilot them remotely. Verizon says it expects commercial operations to be particularly interested in its drone data plans, including industries like energy, agriculture, and nature and wildlife preservation. Verizon will also test drones as aerial cell towers to patch holes in its network coverage.

The company is calling its new drone business Airborne LTE Operations (ALO) and hopes unmanned aerial vehicles could provide a revenue stream when FAA regulations are more lenient and piloting becomes a more mainstream commercial and hobbyist activity.

AT&T is also gearing up to test drones on its LTE 4G network, which are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform

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Comment by Jack Crossfire on October 7, 2016 at 11:07am

You could just get a prepaid Virgin phone with 2.5GB/month & call it a "data plan for a drone"

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