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In-flight Texting/messaging free starting this weekend

Old Sep 27, 2017, 7:12 am
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In-flight Texting/messaging free starting this weekend

Ed Bastian made this announcement today on an appearance on CBS This Morning. (Platforms supported include iMessage and Facebook Messager , WhatsApp). https://www.cbsnews.com/news/delta-t...ree-in-flight/
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Old Sep 27, 2017, 7:18 am
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Here's Delta's announcement too.

http://news.delta.com/delta-offer-free-mobile-messaging-flight-providing-more-customers-access-free-messaging-any-other
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Old Sep 27, 2017, 7:23 am
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This is Awesome!

I use messenger for most of my texting anyway
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Old Sep 27, 2017, 10:41 am
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I saw this on Delta's Twitter feed this morning.

Glad to also learn that having Wifi calling enabled allows one to send text messages.
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Old Sep 27, 2017, 12:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Xeno
I saw this on Delta's Twitter feed this morning.

Glad to also learn that having Wifi calling enabled allows one to send text messages.
Actually a number of carriers now send txt msgs via wifi unless not connected, then use cell.
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Old Sep 28, 2017, 8:10 am
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hmm feels like more people using the on board wifi bandwith by sending pictures and everybody being connected.

Not appreciated, I pay for the wifi.
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Old Sep 28, 2017, 8:42 am
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will the annoying beeps be included?
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Old Sep 28, 2017, 9:19 pm
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Originally Posted by dilbertsdaddy
will the annoying beeps be included?
+1

Hope they make PAX silence these message beeps. They can be very annoying.
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Old Sep 28, 2017, 9:26 pm
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Originally Posted by mayhem
hmm feels like more people using the on board wifi bandwith by sending pictures and everybody being connected.

Not appreciated, I pay for the wifi.
Reports I've seen say it won't allow images/video, which, if true, will keep bandwidth usage to a minimum.
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Old Sep 28, 2017, 10:12 pm
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I'm hoping other messenger services will be allowed too. Like Skype.
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Old Sep 29, 2017, 12:26 am
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Originally Posted by CommentatusMaximus
I'm hoping other messenger services will be allowed too. Like Skype.
PLEASE no voice comm
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Old Sep 29, 2017, 11:20 pm
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Originally Posted by CommentatusMaximus
I'm hoping other messenger services will be allowed too. Like Skype.
Originally Posted by jrl767
PLEASE no voice comm
Skype does have a messaging system also, though.
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Old Sep 30, 2017, 12:03 pm
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The main message:
Beginning Oct. 1, Delta Air Lines will become the first U.S. global carrier* to offer free mobile messaging, providing more customers access to free messaging than any other carrier.
The footnote:

*U.S. Global Carrier = U.S.-based airlines operating trans-oceanic routes: Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United Airlines.
Overall, I find this amusingly confusing.

"...will become the first U.S. global carrier..." sounds impressive until you read the footnote and find out that the competition pool, as the marketing folks have defined it, is only two other airlines.

"...providing more customers access to free messaging than any other carrier..." Well, duh. If the sample is only three airlines, and DL is the first... meaning the other two are not doing it... then it's a foregone conclusion that DL is providing more than the other two... who are providing zero.



The capability sounds good... if I can access it. I still have problems getting the DL app to connect in flight (on an iphone).
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Old Sep 30, 2017, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by mayhem
hmm feels like more people using the on board wifi bandwith by sending pictures and everybody being connected.

Not appreciated, I pay for the wifi.
Originally Posted by drewguy
Reports I've seen say it won't allow images/video, which, if true, will keep bandwidth usage to a minimum.
From the DL link "Free mobile messaging will be for text use only and does not support the transfer of photo or video files."
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Old Oct 1, 2017, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by jrl767
PLEASE no voice comm
I find Skype to be the broadest available OS agnostic messaging service. Every smartphone, tablet, and PC can run it. Even has a server in China so the Great Firewall doesn't block it either. I'll take it over any other of the more trendy services, it just works.
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