September 17, 2014

Is T-Mobile trying to be the world's best network for travelers? All signs say yes. You likely already know about T-Mobile's free international data roaming features. Earlier we reported on T-Mobile's Wi-Fi calling features. Now, there's one more feather in the carrier's cap: free in-flight texting, picture messaging, and visual voicemail on all gogo-powered flights. The service is made possible thanks to a partnership with the in-flight Wi-Fi provider; like most announcements of this kind, this is being considered a limited time promotion (no end date has been announced).

Gogo quietly released a texting app on a beta basis as early as January of this year, keeping access limited to a select group of invite-only testers. Presumably, it's only a matter of time before the service is available to the general public--but for now, T-Mobile customers can consider themselves among the elite few with coverage at 30,000 feet.

Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Photo courtesy of T-Mobile US

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