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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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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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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:16 PM   #3
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funny ive been able to imessage for free on southwest by connceting to the wifi and not paying. Have they blocked the imessage ports after discovering this trick?

shame lol.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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I don't get this. Every airline that I've been on that has wi-fi I've been able to iMessage.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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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.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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Come on people, just be a dumb pipe, don't go and offer select services.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:19 PM   #7
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Wow, paying $2 to send kilobytes worth of data? I thought paying per text message was enough of a rip off.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:22 PM   #8
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While good if you just want to imessage, it could set a bad precedent in the future. "Want to use your Netflix app instead of our in- flight TV? That'll be an extra $2 on top of your $8 wifi fee."
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:23 PM   #9
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While good if you just want to imessage, it could set a bad precedent in the future. "Want to use your Netflix app instead of our in- flight TV? That'll be an extra $2 on top of your $8 wifi fee."
Netflix, HBO GO, VoIP, and other services are already excluded from the Wi-Fi access on Southwest.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:24 PM   #10
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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...
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:24 PM   #11
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From my Southwest flight right now

Yep. Am on a Southwest flight now. See pic
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:26 PM   #12
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Yep. Am on a Southwest flight now. See pic
Ah, great! I'll add that to our post.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:27 PM   #13
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Wow, paying $2 to send kilobytes worth of data? I thought paying per text message was enough of a rip off.
For some, $2 for just iMessage (other types of messaging will be added in the future) is a superior value than paying $8 for the entire Internet. I am all for Southwest giving choices.

I only wish I can use Rapid Reward points toward these add-ons.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:27 PM   #14
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Two dollars isn't terrible I guess. So how do they know you just didn't turn your phone on your own carriers network?
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:29 PM   #15
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Yep. Am on a Southwest flight now. See pic
"More apps coming soon"

I'm guessing that really means Southwest will charge you individually to use "more apps" soon.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:29 PM   #16
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Great, for $2 I can message only my friends who use iMessage!

They'd be better including all messaging apps (excluding voice). Ability to use WhatsApp for $2 during the flight is more appealing.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:29 PM   #17
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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.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:30 PM   #18
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Apple users are more willing to pay for stuff.
Shouldn't have touted that for so long now.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:30 PM   #19
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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.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:32 PM   #20
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They have had this for awhile now. I was on a SWA flight a few weeks ago and noticed the option to pay $2 for iMessage only access. Also noticed that they raised the price of in-flight WiFi from $5 to $8...which for a 1 hour flight is not really worth it (there should be options to pay by the hour...like $1/hour).
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Netflix, HBO GO, VoIP, and other services are already excluded from the Wi-Fi access on Southwest.
Wow, really? That is terrible.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:32 PM   #22
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Ah, great! I'll add that to our post.
Hah - awesome!
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:35 PM   #23
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Showoff.
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Old Dec 11, 2013, 12:35 PM   #24
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funny ive been able to imessage for free on southwest by connceting to the wifi and not paying. Have they blocked the imessage ports after discovering this trick?

shame lol.
I thought I was the only one that knew about this. HAHA!

By the way, this has been available on Southwest for about two months now...
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While good if you just want to imessage, it could set a bad precedent in the future. "Want to use your Netflix app instead of our in- flight TV? That'll be an extra $2 on top of your $8 wifi fee."
It's not $2 on top of the $8.... its either $2 for just imessage or $8 to get everything including imessage. this is an option for those who dont want to get everything and just need to or want to send messages. they are not stuck paying the full $8
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