Delta has announced that effective 10/1 you will be able to communicate via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger free of charge on all Gogo enabled flights. Unfortunately they will limit the free messages to text only, apparently images and video will be blocked.
Of course T-Mobile customers already get unlimited texting, picture messaging, and an hour of free GoGo wifi every flight.
I have Verizon (hard to beat $30/month for unlimited everything on a great network), but I’ve always been able to just type in my grandparents’ T-Mobile phone numbers to unlock free WiFi. And that’s besides for the 10 annual Gogo passes that I get annually with my AMEX Business Platinum card.
When I’m traveling with my family I use my laptop’s Mobile Hotspot functionality to share one WiFi purchase among everyone’s phones and tablets. I used to use My WiFi Router on my Windows 7 Sony Vaio Z laptop, but my Lenovo X1 OLED Yoga 2nd gen Windows 10 laptop has Mobile Hotspot functionality built-in.
Of course it’s hard to beat JetBlue and their free WiFi! Too bad more airlines haven’t yet followed their lead…
What do you use for in-flight Wi-Fi?