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T-Mobile adds United Airlines to its free inflight internet lineup

Sept. 23, 2022
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T-Mobile adds United Airlines to its free inflight internet lineup
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Free inflight Wi-Fi is now a reality on United Airlines — for some lucky flyers.

The Chicago-based carrier announced in conjunction with T-Mobile that eligible subscribers would now receive free internet access on United flights.

T-Mobile subscribers who have the Magenta or Magenta MAX plan will now have access to Wi-Fi on United. The former plan includes four full-flight passes each year, with one hour of internet access available on all other flights. Meanwhile, Magenta MAX subscribers receive unlimited free inflight Wi-Fi all year long.

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The complimentary internet access includes streaming capabilities on eligible aircraft. At the outset, the United and T-Mobile partnership will only cover jets equipped with Viasat or Thales InFlyt Wi-Fi service on both domestic and short-haul international routes.

This includes the:

  • Entire Boeing 737 fleet, including the MAX 8 and MAX 9.
  • Select Boeing 757-300s.
  • Select A319s.

In addition to Viasat and Thales, United partners with Panasonic and Gogo to provide internet access across the remainder of its narrowbody fleet, as well as its long-haul and regional jets.

The latter two providers will not be covered under the initial partnership, though a teaser on the United website says that "if you’re an eligible T-Mobile customer, starting this fall you’ll get free inflight Wi-Fi on all United domestic and international flights."

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United is the latest carrier to join the lineup of airlines offering free Wi-Fi to T-Mobile subscribers. Select American, Alaska and Delta flights are also equipped with a free Wi-Fi option for T-Mobile customers.

T-Mobile is a popular wireless carrier for frequent flyers. In addition to free inflight Wi-Fi, many plans include a generous allowance of high-speed international data roaming. Once you've gone through your allotment of 5G data, you'll enjoy unlimited throttled internet access when roaming.

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That's in stark contrast to the two other major U.S. cellular providers, AT&T and Verizon, both of which charge users $10 a day to roam internationally and use data abroad.

Adding T-Mobile is the latest improvement that United has brought to its inflight internet service. The carrier recently debuted revamped pricing for everyone else.

Connectivity on all domestic and short-haul international flights now costs a flat $8 per device. Internet access on long-haul flights continues to range in price depending on the duration of the flight. I recently paid $23.99 for Wi-Fi from Brussels to Newark and $16.99 for a flight from Newark to Nice.

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United also recently renamed its Wi-Fi network name to Unitedwifi.com. The airline also redesigned the splash page for its Wi-Fi network, making it even easier for first-timers to connect to the network.

While T-Mobile subscribers are the big winners in Friday's announcement, hopefully, United will commit to offering free Wi-Fi to all passengers in the future. That's something Delta's planning to roll out and an amenity that JetBlue has long offered.

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