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Southwest Airlines Offering In-Flight iMessaging for $2 Per Day

Southwest Airlines is offering passengers the ability to send and receive iMessages from their iOS devices in-flight for $2 per day. In-flight Wi-Fi access for all applications is available for $8 per device per day.

It's likely that the airline is opening up iMessage related ports to users who pay the $2, while users who pay more receive access to in-flight email, social networks and the like. For a limited time, all users receive access to 13 live television channels on laptops and iOS devices for free.

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Beginning today, Southwest is enabling iMessage for $2 a day!

Any Apple user that has iOS 5 or later with the iMessage feature pre-loaded on their device can take advantage of this option. Now you can stay powered up and connected to friends and family like you never left the ground.
In-flight Wi-Fi is not yet available on all Southwest flights, but the airline has a Wi-Fi finder on its website so flyers can check if their aircraft will support the service.

Southwest Airlines flies within the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Thanks to MacRumors Forum member Lumpydog for the screenshot!

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18 weeks ago
What a joke.
Rating: 25 Positives
18 weeks ago
The idea here is that if you only want WiFi for iMessage, you only have to pay $2. If you pay more, you get full-fletched access, including iMessage.
Rating: 20 Positives
18 weeks ago
Yep. Am on a Southwest flight now. See pic
Rating: 16 Positives
18 weeks ago

What a joke.


I think the joke is how much information was missed or misleading in this article. I fly SWA weekly. Essentially they're giving you a way to pay $2 rather than the normal $8 to just get iMessages rather than paying full boat for wifi if you don't need it. Seems pretty fair to me if that's all you're looking for. Gogo inflight on the other airlines doesn't offer the same option. (monthly subscriber)

Also, you don't have to pay for wifi to get the television channels on your devices for free. Dish Network has been sponsoring the television channels for the last 3-5 months at no charge.

I'll look around to see the real number but it's my understanding that only a few of the 737-300 jets are the only that remain that don't have wifi. I haven't had a wifi-less flight on SWA in about 8 months. The article makes it sound like there aren't many with wifi.

Last, a-list preferred members get wifi for free. It's a great perk for frequent fliers and not offered by the other airlines...
Rating: 12 Positives
18 weeks ago
Wow, paying $2 to send kilobytes worth of data? I thought paying per text message was enough of a rip off.
Rating: 10 Positives
18 weeks ago

connected to a wifi network does not mean you are connected to the internet.

you connect to the plane's wifi network before you pay so now there will be an option on the splash screen to pay $2 and the only traffic allowed will be iMessage traffic.


Figure out what ports they opened up for iMessage, then open a ssh tunnel on that port so you can surf the entire internet for only $2.
Rating: 6 Positives
18 weeks ago
so cable companies are evil for bundling channels

and the airlines are evil for charging a la carte for services people want
Rating: 5 Positives
18 weeks ago
The point is not paying $8 for internet if all you want to do is iMessage. This is a good thing, not a rip-off. It gives the smaller users a smaller package to purchase.

And you don't need to pay for internet to get the tv channels. Those are provided free from Dish Network.
Rating: 5 Positives
18 weeks ago

Two dollars isn't terrible I guess. So how do they know you just didn't turn your phone on your own carriers network?


They don't but it also doesn't reach 7 miles off the face of the earth.
Rating: 5 Positives
18 weeks ago

Ok. So if I am understanding this correctly Wi-Fi access on southwest is Wi-Fi that is limited by Apps or sites?

Once you have Wi-Fi anywhere else I have never questioned whether or not we can use HBO-GO, VoIP, etc.

Wow


$8 is not enough to pay for the bandwidth for half the plane to stream TV
Rating: 4 Positives

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