Since we can not make phone calls on-board Delta flights (and GOSH I am happy with that choice from the mothership), having the ability to text on-board is very nice via GoGo. If you are an Android user, they have expanded the carriers who can use the GoGO text “beta” app for Android devices.
Now here is the tricky bit – you have to sign up and send a text on the ground before you can use this in the air (and accept a REALLY long EULA – I think I gave them the right to name my first born child GoGo).
That is because it has to send out a “test” text before it will allow you to use it via GoGo up in the air.
And as you can see that is not possible without first doing the ground based text and confirmation.
Once you have done that correctly you are good to go. The service does work reasonably well and has been fast even when GoGo has been slow.
Some other thoughts. It would be nice if they could in some way build this feature into the normal GoGo app itself rather than requiring it as a stand alone app. In other words it does add another step to first log on to GoGo, then “fly” the little jet along the runway to launch the service.
What do you think? Have you tested the GoGo text program yet? Does it work well for you with your service provider (would love to know just who you use)? – René
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