I just finished my first flight since T-mobile and GOGO launched inflight texting on 9/17/14 and I must say it was freaking awesome! I hope T-mobile launches this on other inflight networks, like their international network that American Air currently use on their international flights operated by the B77W! Throughout my entire flight I was able to stay in contact with my friends on the ground via text and I didn’t have to pay any extra for the service! This alone is a huge perk, as I am one to rarely connect to gogo wifi and actually pay for it due to its exuberant pricing!
For the first time user do note that you cannot just text once the plane hits 10,000 feet, but instead you actually have to sign on to the network to access the your free wifi texting. In order to do this following these simple steps.
1) Turn on your phones Wifi, enable WiFi calling and connect to gogo inflight wireless.
2) Load the splash page/ GoGo log on page
3) Click the T-mobile link on the bottom of the browser and click “get started” once the page loads
4) You will be redirected to a new splash page where you must log in by entering a captcha. Enter the captcha and hit “start texting”
5) If you have successfully done this, you’ll get the Take off. Text On page and you’ll be able to text away on your device!
It took me about 5 minutes to log on initially, but that was because I didn’t realize I had to log on to GoGo via their splash page (DUH!). Instead I just tried to start texting, and well clearly my messages were not going through nor was the WiFi calling symbol showing on my task bar. Yet by following the 5 simple steps above I was able to log on and text throughout my flight. In addition, if you haven’t updated your T-Mobile phone’s firmware, be sure do so before taking off. To do this on your android device go to Settings > about Device > software update > and download the latest firmware (via wifi and before flying!)
T-mobile is truly revolutionizing the mobile industry with their no contacts, unlimited international data, and now inflight texting! T-mobile has also confirmed with me that this feature should work on ALL gogo equipped flights, even those in Japan and Canada! No other carrier can match this level of service or connectability at 30,000 feet! I not going to lie, but I am happier than ever to be a long time 10+/- year subscriber of T-Mobile! I’ve tried AT&T (2009-2010) and Sprint (2010-2011), and man oh man I am glad I came back to T-Mobile!