Free messaging coming in October

Old Sep 14, 18, 10:53 pm
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Free messaging coming in October

I noticed the entertainment placard stated that free messaging is coming to select planes next month. Anyone know any more details?
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Old Sep 14, 18, 11:46 pm
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It has started to slowly roll out already.

On planes with free messaging available, you will see a ďFree AccessĒ button instead of a link to payment page on the messaging tab in the WiFi portal. The service is limited to iMessage and WhatsApp and does not support sending photos.

I tried to upload a screenshot of the portal but Iím having issues with the upload from device function on FT.
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Old Sep 14, 18, 11:47 pm
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Portal photo.
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Old Sep 15, 18, 9:28 am
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Thatís awesome! Anyone know what type of aircraft this will be compatible with?
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Old Sep 15, 18, 10:51 am
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Thatís awesome! Anyone know what type of aircraft this will be compatible with?
Iím unsure what you mean. It will roll out fleet wide slowly; I donít know the logic to the order of deployment.
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Old Sep 15, 18, 12:05 pm
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This would be nice since Southwest isn't gogo so I don't get the free T-Mobile wifi.
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Old Sep 15, 18, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by fiuchris View Post


Iím unsure what you mean. It will roll out fleet wide slowly; I donít know the logic to the order of deployment.
got it. Thatís what I was curious about. It said on select flights so i was unsure what that meant.
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Old Sep 15, 18, 12:45 pm
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Had this on my flight last night from BWI to TPA. Will be nice to have going forward too!
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Old Sep 15, 18, 2:46 pm
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This is a wonderful surprise.

When the A-list preferred login doesn't work, which still happens from time to time, I will be able to send and receive messages.
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Old Sep 15, 18, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Juanefny View Post
Thatís awesome! Anyone know what type of aircraft this will be compatible with?

Will be on Boeing 737 aircraft.
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Old Sep 15, 18, 5:40 pm
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What messaging apps are compatible? I read elsewhere that it includes iMessage, but what other ones?
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Old Sep 15, 18, 5:51 pm
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Will this allow calling via WhatsApp?
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Old Sep 15, 18, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by ENOTTY View Post
What messaging apps are compatible? I read elsewhere that it includes iMessage, but what other ones?
See post #3 by fiuchris above

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30205426-post3.html
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Old Sep 15, 18, 5:58 pm
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Originally Posted by walkertalk322 View Post
Will this allow calling via WhatsApp?
No it will not. Plain vanilla SMS texting. No voice, No pictures/No MMS.

Texting. That's all.

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Old Sep 15, 18, 10:44 pm
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When the A-list preferred login doesn't work, which still happens from time to time
Are you seeing the inability to "A-List" or just plain INOP WiFi? It seems like lately 20-30% of the flights this year I either don't have a signal, or the signal goes nowhere.
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