In-flight Wi-Fi is a very handy option when you're travelling overseas, but it doesn't come cheap. Erica Ho at Map Happy found that many Google apps, as well as a few others, work on your smartphone without paying once you're connected to the Wi-Fi network on the plane.
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The caveat that I've found is that there's limited functionality at best so in order to get notifications you have to go into the app itself to get the update.
The apps that work are:
- Google Voice (sending and receiving)
- Google Drive
- Google Maps
- Google Hangouts
- Google Plus
- Google Translate
- Google Image Search
- Google AdSense
- Google Analytics
- Google Search from phone search bar
- Amazon music (only music in playlist will stream)
- Airline app
For more information on Erica's testing method check out her full post, linked below. It's not a perfect solution, but if you just want to check email, it's worth trying before you pay.
Apps That Work without Having to Pay for In-flight Wifi [Point Princess via Map Happy]