Telenor ASA, a Norway-based firm that provides telecommunications data and media services, has joined forces with ARINC Inc., an Annapolis-based transportation communications and systems engineering company, to develop technology that would allow airline passengers to use personal mobile phones on commercial flights. Passengers would be able to make and receive calls and send or receive text messages just as they would on the ground.

The companies formed an alliance in 2003 and recently presented their plans at the Inmarsat Conference in Montreal. They expect to make their product available to airlines within the next year.

The Association for Women in Communications will host a meeting about fundraising for nonprofit organizations at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Harry Browne's Restaurant on State Circle in Annapolis. Guest speakers Dana Disborough, an Anne Arundel County public relations coordinator, and Heather Buck, associate director of development for Hospice of the Chesapeake, will discuss the importance of public relations and development for nonprofit organizations. Tickets for the meeting cost $15 for nonmembers and $10 for members.

For more information or to buy tickets, call Jody Hedeman Couser at 410-757-5852.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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