T-Mobile introduces Free Wi-Fi on Gogo Equipped Airlines
For the last several years, those of you with T-Mobile service have had the ability to text for free on Delta flights. It was a nice free perk but nothing extraordinary. Today, T-Mobile expanded their service, offering an hour of free Wi-Fi on Gogo equipped airlines including American, Air Canada, Alaska, Delta, United, and Virgin America.
This is great news as many times all you need is an hour of Wi-Fi to check emails, etc. Just a reminder, the hour is only good on your T-Mobile smartphone and not a laptop computer.
Thrifty Tip: Want more than a hour of Gogo inflight Wi-Fi but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg? Always pre-purchase your Wi-Fi service before take off. You can save quite a bit of coin. Check out our post: Saving on Gogo In-flight Wi-Fi.
I’ve had T-Mobile service for the last couple years and it’s great for international travel. My favorite feature is free Wi-Fi calling, which allows you to make free calls as long as you’re on a Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi calling is especially useful when you’re out of the country. Surprisingly, it even worked when I was in Cuba last year! I remember calling my Dad and he was like wait where are you? I’m in Cuba Dad! I was surprised since Cuba has no wireless service for US carriers.
Thrifty Tip #2: T-Mobile now offers free Wi-Fi calling which can be used anywhere you have Wi-Fi, even outside the country. All calls to the United States are free from anywhere when using Wi-Fi calling. I also love Wi-Fi calling because it saves battery life.
T-Mobile also offers free international data on their basic plans. This allows you to get 2G or 3G data speeds in most countries. It isn’t fast but it works great for Google Maps navigation and texting. Phone calls that aren’t on Wi-Fi still cost extra when you’re out of the country.
Thrifty Tip #3: T-Mobile offers free international data in 120+ countries. It’s typically 3G speeds or less but it works for texting and Google Maps, which is all I really care about. You never have to worry about paying huge fees for data and texting while on vacation!
Although AT&T and Verizon now offer free Wi-Fi calling, they are still far behind T-Mobile in their offerings for international travelers. Take a look at T-Mobile’s pricing. You can likely switch over and save quite a bit of cash, and the best part is there is no contract. Most iPhone and Android devices are now unlocked, which will allow you to easily switch over to another wireless provider. I’m rocking a Verizon iPhone 6 Plus on T-Mobile’s network. This post went a little more in-depth into T-Mobile’s benefits than but T-Mobile can easily save you some cash and offer great benefits such as Wi-Fi calling, free Gogo internet, and free international data.