Good news for folks planning to do some holiday traveling later this month. Southwest Airlines is celebrating its move to offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi service with a new in-flight iMessaging plan.

Starting today, Southwest will let any user that has iOS 5 or later running on their device to use iMessage for just $2, thus allowing them to stay connected to friends and family while in the air…

From Southwest Airline’s blog (via MacRumors):

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.

Don’t worry Android users, we’ll be showing you the LUV soon.  Tell us what your favorite Android-based messaging apps are and we’ll ask Santa to make it happen early in 2014!”

Southwest does most of its flying between the US and Mexico, and doesn’t offer Wi-Fi on all of its flights. But if you do up a plane that has it, this seems like a fairly inexpensive way to keep in touch.

For those that want to do more than just text message, Southwest Airlines does offer full in-flight Wi-Fi access for $8 per device, per day. And this would allow you to access all of your applications.

What do you think of this $2 iMessage plan? Deal or no deal?

  • Nate McKelvie

    I don’t understand how they do this, how do they determine the difference between iMessage data and regular data. Maybe I don’t quite understand how the iMessage system worked, but I always just assumed it was data sent in an encrypted form. Can anybody shed some light on the subject for me

    • jgr627

      I’m curious myself

    • iphone4sgamer

      Although Southwest hasn’t said how it works, but my best guess is probably as simple as paying for some kind of access code to the internet traffic that wouldn’t be encrypted end to end. example Facebook,Twitter, the web etc

      • Josh

        Yeah I also don’t get it how it works because basically iMessage runs through data so can’t you basically use any app with data

      • Nate McKelvie

        That’s what I had thought too, but it looks like iMessage uses a certain apple domain, so they probably just allow that domain to have data access. Thanks to salman for his comment below explaining!

    • Jack Wong

      $2 for iMessage or $2 for whatsapp…

      I was on United airline today, $6 for 6hours wifi but I didn’t get that.

      I am getting sick of all these “options”, they are all just data.

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    SCAM! Just give us the access!

  • RandomAwesomeGuy

    They have been offering this for a while now I think, well on my Southwest flight in early November had this feature.

  • chumawumba

    This is so stupid

    • ridonkulous


  • Matthew Cleveland

    Thank you for allowing me to pay to use my own device.

    • Sax

      On an airplane. That’s the whole point, idiot.

      • Matthew Cleveland

        So if Ford, Toyota, whatever starts charging you to use iMessage while in your car, you’ll be okay with it?

      • Sax

        There’s a slight difference between messaging someone on the road and doing it 40,000 feet in the air. Maybe that difference is worth $2

  • Nate McKelvie

    I just saw your reply, Thank you very much. That makes sense, I never thought of that before.