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Delta Air Lines Offering Free WhatsApp Text Messaging from October 1

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Published on : Sep 28, 2017

Smartphones have quickly become ubiquitous in the past decade and at the same time, security concerns around the aviation industry have escalated. These two factors have given birth to a need for in-flight passengers to stay connected to other rest of the world below 30,000 feet, and while making calls is still not commercially viable, some of the luxurious airline services have been offering free Wi-Fi for their elite passengers. Now, Delta Airline has announced that they will be offering ‘text’ messaging services to their passengers from October 1, for free.

Videos, Photos, and Audio Messages Are Not Supported

The World’s second largest airline carrier will roll out free mobile messaging via Gogo Inflight Internet, a service that will be available on all but 130 airplanes out of 1,300 fleet that the company currently boasts of. Once enabled, the International and domestic passengers of Delta Air Lines will be able to use apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and iMessage without the need of any additional configuration. The thing to note here that data transfer is still an issue here and consequently, video, photos, and audio messages will not be supported in this service. However, text messages should be able to help the passengers stay connected with their loved ones.

These facilities only further add to already available seatback screens entertainment and high-speed Wi-Fi. Now along with text messaging, Delta is poised to become the first global carrier that is offering complimentary messaging plan, which is sure to boost the popularity and consequently the stocks of the company.

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