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Do you need Cell Phone service to operate the Mavic Air?

Not A Speck Of Cereal

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No.

Cell service would give you live maps, but you can download/cache them at home. And you don't really need detailed maps for basic topography orientation.

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Cell service (an Internet connection) is not needed to fly any DJI drone. As noted above though, some features do require an Internet connection.
 
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I used a broken (screen) phone with no sim card (no cell service) but turn my "mobile hotspot" to ON (on the regular cell phone with sim card) and then connect the no sim card phone to the wifi and all works well.
 

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Not only is it not needed, I typically (unless I forget) turn on Airplane Mode when flying, just so I don't get disturbed by phone calls and notifications.
 
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