Gogo and T-Mobile to Offer Free Texting During Flights

By Paul Riegler on 10 September 2014
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DSC_1463Gogo and T-Mobile announced free in-flight texting on Wednesday.

The service, which will be available September 17, is available to T-Mobile customers on all planes with Gogo in-flight Internet operating in the United States.

Airlines offering the service include AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America.

No enrollment is required and travelers will also have access to visual voicemail messages as well.

The service will support multiple devices at launch including the Apple iPhone 5c and 5s when equipped with iOS8, the HTC One M7 and M8, the LG G3, the Samsung Note 3 and 4, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, and the Samsung Galaxy Avant.

To use the service, simply place the phone in airplane mode and connect to the Gogo Wi-Fi hotspot onboard the aircraft.  Apple iPhone users will need to temporarily set their devices to “Send as SMS” in the iMessage settings and any iPhone users who wish to send messages to someone in the air will need to do the same.

Prior to using the service, it is necessary to place a one-time Wi-Fi call to activate the feature.

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