T-Mobile Is Giving Everyone Free Gogo Inflight Wifi This Weekend

Filed Under: Travel Technology

It’s no secret that I’ve become a huge fan of T-Mobile. I made the switch to them a couple of weeks ago, and have been thrilled so far. I’m paying less than half of what I was paying with AT&T, and I’m getting free international roaming, which has worked extremely well for me so far. Despite my initial concerns, I’ve found the signal to be just as good in the US as it was when I had AT&T.


What really pushed me over the edge to make the switch, though, was that T-Mobile recently added an hour of free Gogo Wi-Fi for customers on all flights. What an awesome perk!


As if T-Mobile wasn’t amazing enough, they’ve just announced three further promotions/changes:

  • This weekend (Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26), everyone can get an hour of free inflight Wi-Fi on domestic Gogo equipped airplanes
  • From July 1 through August 31, T-Mobile is giving customers on the Simple Choice plan unlimited 4G LTE data while in Europe, rather than the normal 2G speeds
  • Starting July 1, 2016, Belize is being added to the list of countries eligible for the Simple Choice plan, meaning customers can receive unlimited data and texting while there, plus flat rate 20 cent per minute phone calls

Per T-Mobile’s press release:

T-Mobile just showed again why it is the Official Sponsor of Summer.* The Un-carrier today announced it’s unleashing summer travel, giving customers unlimited high-speed data, up to 4G LTE speeds, throughout Europe all summer long. But, of course, T-Mobile didn’t stop there. For those traveling this weekend, T-Mobile announced it’s giving absolutely everyone – including Verizon and AT&T customers who never get thanked by their carrier – a full, free hour of Wi-Fi on all Gogo-equipped domestic flights—just to show everyone what it feels like to #GetThanked with the Un-carrier.

On top of that, T-Mobile today announced that Un-carrier customers can roam worry-free in Belize starting July 1st.  Belize is joining the long list of 140+ countries and destinations where Simple Choice customers get unlimited data and texting and low, flat-rate calling while traveling abroad.

Bottom line

I love T-Mobile. Have I mentioned yet how much I love T-Mobile?

The last time AT&T did anything nice for me, was… well, never.

  1. You love T-Mobile because you are never in the USA and overseas they partner with other networks that have good coverage. Wait until you spend some time here int he USA, spotty coverage in buildings and in rural areas or on highways, your love will be faded, you get what you pay for at the end of the day. T-Mobile is not a charity organization, there is a reason why they give you all the goodies.I am also a T-Mobile customer, but I am ready to sacrifice price for quality.

  2. I got T-Mobile from through a family plan. Like the unlimited data and everything, but the coverage is terrible and I am in the Bay Area (Berkeley to be exact, not rural at all). It would lose signal from one part of my apartment complex to another. Went down on the PCH highway 1 to Big Sur, and you won’t even be able to call or use data. We had to ask for direction because we can’t access Google map. We are not even talking about less populated areas, these areas are inhibited and popular tourist areas. Went to Yellowstone in May, no data or connection, but that was expected because it is a national park, but not connections in many parts on the way there from Salt Lake City.

    Anyway, someone is paying for my services so I will take it. Plus they are giving away a lot of free stuffs and I guess to stream music do free at work. Like other said, you pay for what you get. I just think you should travel outside of the urban areas in the US, you will feel very different about T-Mobile when you can’t call, send msg, check email, or find direction.

  3. Only if they had signal everywhere. 🙁 As you mentioned before it DOES NOT work outside of big cities and there is life and money to be made outside of the big cities. I will stick with ATT. BTW, for those that talk about TMobile free internet in Europe, I just spent 20 days on vacation in Italy and Greece. I can attest that for 10 Euros you can get 10 to 20GB of 4G data by purchasing a local SIM card from TIM or Vodafone. Yes, you have to go to the store and they will ask for your passport, etc.. but in less than 15 minutes I had a local number with more data that I can imagine I would ever need.

  4. I’m going to be in Europe until July 8! VERY VERY VERY excited to hear about this! In the Netherlands now, and while the data is usable, it certainly is not fast. Takes about 15 seconds for a Google search. I can’t even say how excited I am about this!

  5. How functional is 2G in Europe for frequent data use though? I feel like I would rather buy local SIMs over 2G. Fortunately I’m still grandfathered into AT&T’s unlimited international data plan which works quite well but I realize this isn’t an option and most people have been forced out of these plans.

  6. I tried TMO again in 2014 when they were offering the free iPhone and service for a week. It was a perfect opportunity to test it since I was traveling, so I would get to sample the free in-flight texting as well. Unfortunately, the latter never worked despite multiple attempts by Gogo to remedy it. Surely it works properly by now, though. As for the TMO coverage itself, I found that it had changed not at all since leaving them in 2010. Same places with no or limited coverage. Also disappointing when I travelled. I was glad to still have my AT&T iPhone with me at all times. There were a *few* places where the TMO data speed exceeded AT&T, but those were outweighed by the places where I couldn’t even begin a speed test with TMO. I’d love to support them, but it’s still hard to make a case for them domestically in major cities (and as others have noted, forget rural).

  7. Lucky I think the other comment is right I rember the last un carrier event they talked about one hour of free gogo for all t- Mobile customers I don’t think it’s limited to this weekend.

  8. Here is some info about t-mobile domestic (US coverage) . It is certainly not as great as att or Verizon , but what most people don’t realize is that t-mob is using slightly different set of LTE bands vs AT&T
    In particular I am talking about LTE band 12
    In the past year or so they made significant coverage improvements in many US metros , and almost all improvements were in LTE band 12. This greatly increased indoor coverage.
    The thing is that LTE band 12 only appears on a (limited set) of newer phones. For example, iPhone 6/iPhone 5 do not support band 12 while iPhone6s / iPhone SE do support.
    So if you are getting spotty T-Mobile coverage in US it makes sense to check if a) your area is covered by LTE band 12 and b) if your phone supports it.
    I got huge improvements in indoor coverage by upgrading from iPhone 6 to iPhone 6S (from 1-2 bar to about 3-4 bars)

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