How Does T-Mobile Inflight Wifi Work?

In early June, T-Mobile introduced one hour of free Gogo inflight wifi per flight for T-Mobile customers. On top of that, T-Mobile customers get unlimited in-flight texting for the duration of the flight.


As many of you know, I’m a huge T-Mobile fan. I just made the switch last month, and have been so happy with them, especially thanks to their Simple Choice International Plan. I never thought I’d love my cell phone provider, but T-Mobile has changed that for me.


I figured I’d share my experience using T-Mobile’s free inflight wifi, since I used it for the first time this weekend.

I should note that I have a monthly Gogo unlimited pass. Given how much I fly, it’s worth it to me to always be productive onboard for a fixed monthly cost. So I’m probably not getting as much value out of this as others, but I still find it useful.

I like using the one hour of free mobile wifi so I can briefly use my phone during the flight to check Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.

I assumed using the free inflight wifi might be complicated, but it’s not. It couldn’t be simpler.

When you open up the Gogo webpage in a browser, scroll to the bottom and you’ll see a section labeled “Only for T-Mobile Customers,” where you can click “Check-In.”

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On the next page you’ll be prompted to enter your cell phone number.

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Then you’ll be logged on — it’s that simple!

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The top left of your phone will even say “T-Mobile Wi-Fi.”

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As a reminder, this feature is only available on mobile devices, so you can’t use your hour of free wifi on your laptop, for example.

One thing I’m not sure of is whether you could in theory use your hour of free wifi on someone else’s phone. Just thinking out loud here, but since there’s not really a log-in process, could anyone with my number who knows I’m a T-Mobile customer log in with my number? I don’t know…

Bottom line

T-Mobile’s hour of free Gogo wifi is super easy to use. For that matter, I find that to be the case with just about every aspect of service with T-Mobile. Kudos to them for being awesome.

For T-Mobile customers, have you used your free Gogo wifi benefit yet?

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