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Gogo WiFi and T-Mobile have partnered up to offer T-Mobile customers free text messaging on Gogo WiFi equipped planes starting next Wednesday,  September 17th. This means T-Mobile customers will be able to send and receive text messaged aboard over 2,000 commercial aircraft including those from Delta, American, United, US Airways, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines.

Gogo and T-Mobile have partnered up to offer free texting.
Gogo and T-Mobile have partnered up to offer free texting.

Here’s what you’ll need to know to take advantage of this new service:

Before You Board:

  • Have a Gogo-ready device
  • Update device software over Wi-Fi, if needed
  • Make at least one Wi-Fi call
  • Have a valid E911 address on file with T-Mobile
  • On iPhones, both the sender and the receiver must turn on “Send As SMS”

Once In the Air: 

  • Turn on Wi-Fi
  • Open your browser
  • Click the T-Mobile banner on the Gogo start screen for free access
T-Mobile customers will be able to text for free inflight thanks to Gogo WiFi.
T-Mobile customers will be able to text for free inflight thanks to Gogo WiFi.

With this new feature, T-Mobile customers will able to send and receive text messages, send picture messages and even access T-Mobile Visual Voicemail. Most T-Mobile smartphones will have this functionality including the Apple iPhone 5c and 5s (with iOS8 installed), Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, HTC One M7 and M8 and LG G3 initially. Later this fall many of their other smartphones will have this functionality as new software updates continue to roll out. If you have an iPhone you probably have already used iMessage inflight before, but this is nice for those who don’t have iMessage and want to text.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of Gogo WiFi since it allows me to stay productive and connected at 35,000 feet so I think this is a great new partnership and it will be interesting to see if any other cell phone carriers decide to partner with up with Gogo. Granted, this is only for free text messaging so if you are a T-Mobile customer and want to check your email your browse Facebook, you’ll still have to buy the WiFi as those features are not included.

A lot of my friends who have T-Mobile really really like the Unlimited Global Roaming, which is great for international travel, so if you are considering a new cell phone company, it might make sense to look at T-Mobile.

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