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How Low Price Can In-Flight WiFi Go?

January 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | ()

We already knew that Southwest Airlines was all about up-in-the-air text messaging, and now it looks like another major carrier is flipping the switch on a different type of WiFi connectivity. Delta has done the WiFi thing from like the very beginning, but now they are looking to try something a little bit different and with a cheaper price tag.

The carrier is quick to remind everyone that Delta Connect and Gogo are available on equipped flights within the continental US and spots up in Alaska, but what is new is the ability to connect with family, friends, and colleagues beginning at just $2 per flight.

Their in-flight Wi-Fi mobile passes can be had for as low as $1.95, and what that gets you is a cheap way to stay connected high in the sky. They’re promising the ability to send all kinds of mobile messages across platforms with apps like iMessage, Blackberry Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger. As always, email and web browsing are an option as well, but we’re thinking this is the first time Delta has offered such a cheap connectivity option for those smartphone surfers.

Just note that the low, low price is something that is probably limited for shorter flights or shorter durations, so don’t expect running down your iPhone battery between LAX and JFK for just $2. However, we can’t complain about a new—and cheaper—way to get connected to Delta and Gogo’s service. Too bad it's just not something we can use gate-to-gate, as that's the case with the option from Southwest.

[Photo: peterbartsch]

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