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Delta is adding free in-flight messaging — with a catch

Delta is adding free in-flight messaging — with a catch


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Delta Air Lines announced today that it will be offering free access to in-flight internet for customers to access iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger on any flight with Gogo Wi-Fi starting October 1st, via 9to5Mac.

There is a catch, though: when the company says “messaging,” they mean “text messaging” — so no pictures, videos, GIFs, or audio messages allowed.

Still, considering Delta used to price in-flight messaging starting at $2.95 (prices varied depending on your flight), the new service is a nice change, even if it is limited to boring, text-based messaging. And if you’re willing to shell out for the full Wi-Fi pass, you’ll be able to send the full range of telecommunication messages again, too.