Free in-flight wi-fi internet on mobile phones has arrived at United Airlines for T-Mobile customers on select flights.
Free In-Flight Wi-Fi On United Airlines For T-Mobile (Limited Routes, Planes, Devices)
United Airlines joins American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta Air Lines in providing T-Mobile customers with the ability to text, email, search and stream on select flights on their mobile devices.
During its initial rollout, service will be limited based upon aircraft (internet provider) and route.
Coverage will be limited to the following routes:
- short-haul international
United has four wi-fi service providers. Additionally, coverage will be limited to two of the four,Viasat and Thales, on the following aircraft:
- 737 MAX 8
- 737 MAX 9
- select 757-300
- select A319
T-Mobile and United promise more Wi-Fi partners and flights will be added soon.
Grant Milstead, United’s Vice President of Digital Technology, explained:
“Whether it’s for business or leisure, we know staying connected in the air is important, and we’re excited many of T-Mobile’s customers will experience free inflight Wi-Fi on their phones when flying United. With the free in-flight coverage, customers can take advantage of Wi-Fi to text their family and friends or browse their favorite sites and apps.”
While offering free wi-fi on select aircraft on select routes on mobile phones is not a game-changer, it represents an important first step and foreshadows what hopefully will come in the months ahead on more routes and aircraft.
Free wi-fi on mobile phones for T-Mobile has now expanded to United Airlines. During the initial rollout, it will be limited to select aircraft on select routes, but hopefully will expand to more routes and planes in the months ahead. Meanwhile, Delta is rumored to be close to making wi-fi free for all customers on all devices, which might force United and American to act even sooner in broadening free wi-fi access. It’s an exciting time for in-flight internet!