T-Mobile adds United Airlines to its free inflight internet lineup


Free inflight Wi-Fi is now a reality on United Airlines – for a lucky few passengers.

The Chicago-based airline, along with T-Mobile, announced that eligible subscribers can now enjoy complimentary Internet access on United flights.

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T-Mobile subscribers who have the Magenta or Magenta MAX plan now have access to Wi-Fi on United. The earlier plan includes four full flight passes per year, with one hour of internet access available on all other flights. Meanwhile, Magenta MAX subscribers get unlimited free WiFi on board all year round.

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Complimentary internet access includes streaming capabilities on eligible aircraft. Initially, the partnership between United and T-Mobile will only cover jets equipped with Viasat or Thales InFlyt Wi-Fi service on domestic and short-haul international routes.

This includes:

  • Entire Boeing 737 fleet, including MAX 8 and MAX 9.
  • Select Boeing 757-300.
  • Select A319.

In addition to Viasat and Thales, United is working with Panasonic and Gogo to provide internet access for the remainder of its narrowbody fleet and for its long-haul and regional jets.

The latter two providers will not be covered by the initial partnership, although a teaser on United’s website states that “starting this fall, if you’re an eligible T-Mobile customer, you’ll get free inflight WiFi on all United domestic flights and.” international flights.”

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United is the latest airline to join the ranks of airlines offering free Wi-Fi to T-Mobile subscribers. Select American, Alaska and Delta flights also come with a complimentary Wi-Fi option for T-Mobile customers.

T-Mobile is a popular wireless service provider for frequent flyers. In addition to free onboard Wi-Fi, many plans include a generous allowance for high-speed international data roaming. Once you’ve used up your 5G data plan, enjoy unlimited throttled internet access while roaming.

That’s in stark contrast to the other two major US wireless carriers, AT&T and Verizon, both of which charge users $10 a day for international roaming and data usage abroad.

The addition of T-Mobile is the latest improvement United has brought on board to its internet service. The airline recently introduced revised prices for everyone else.

Connectivity on all domestic and short-haul international flights is now a flat fee of $8 per device. Internet access on long-haul flights continues to vary in price depending on flight duration. I recently paid $23.99 for wifi from Brussels to Newark and $16.99 for a flight from Newark to Nice.

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United also recently changed the name of its Wi-Fi network to Unitedwifi.com. The airline has also redesigned the welcome page for its Wi-Fi network to make it even easier for first-time visitors to connect to the network.

While T-Mobile subscribers are the big winners from Friday’s announcement, hopefully United will commit to offering free Wi-Fi to all passengers going forward. This is what Delta plans to introduce and is a convenience that JetBlue has offered for a long time.



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