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Trustive joins the Wireless Broadband Alliance

Posted by Trustive on September 29, 2011

Wireless Broadband Alliance, an advocate for seamless WiFi access for users

A bastion of seamless WiFi solutions, it was only a matter of time before Trustive joined forces with the renowned Wireless Broadband Alliance!

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, is very pleased to be able to confirm that it joined the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) this summer. Established in 2003 by a group of visionary telecom operators, the WBA seeks to engage its members in order to enable a seamless WiFi experience with the benefit of the end-user in mind; a goal that resonates closely with that of Trustive.

After more than 5 years in the WiFi business and the successfully creation of a vast global network of 300,000 WiFi hotspots spread across 130 countries, Trustive’s decision to now join the WBA may come as a surprise to some. However, Trustive appreciates the growing importance of WiFi and thus of collaborative organisations like the WBA in maintaining standards for end-users.

Why is WiFi growing in importance?

Over the last 10 years, travellers have become telecoms experts in their own right thanks to the proliferation and growing affordability of revolutionary new devices (smartphones, tablets, netbooks etc.) and the demand for bandwidth to sustain these customers’ expectations is way above and beyond that required by traditional mobile phone customers.

The smartphone and tablet users’ desire to continue their ‘online lifestyle’ (stream TV, videos or digital radio) whilst on the move means that everyone is quickly becoming experts at comparing WiFi and 3G services, understanding the associated costs and the implications in terms of speed and quality of service. Shunning their domestic mobile operators, travellers are happy to exploit new technologies (VoIP, IM) and embrace independent WiFi service providers, like Trustive, as an integral part of their mobile internet access portfolio in order to save costs.

WiFi may be hot again, but seamless access is essential!

Customers may appreciate that WiFi is faster and cheaper than 3G, but ease of access remains essential in order to ensure a good end-user experience and retain customer loyalty. Trustive has always worked and will continue to work to provide a secure infrastructure and seamless WiFi experience that travellers can rely on. This has been primarily achieved by using the latest technology to establish secure interconnections with Trustive’s 80+ operator partners, thereby creating a unified, global network of premium WiFi hotspots to which Trustive customers can have seamless access. Seamless connectivity is achieved using Trustive’s WiFi software (available for multiple platforms) that detects and automates access to Trustive’s WiFi hotspots.

WiFi as a viable 3G data offload solution for mobile operators

In response to the growing number of bandwidth greedy devices/customers, mobile operators are facing harsh choices – raising large quantities of capital with little or no guaranteed return in the short to medium term, raising retail prices and/or limiting customer bandwidth allowances, none of which would be popular with customers or shareholders. There is no escaping the wave of new devices scheduled for release over the coming months and years, nor the enthusiasm of the ‘net generation’ for their ‘online lifestyle’. Juggling the need for reliable, high quality, high-speed mobile internet access against the cost of providing such a service is therefore to be the key task for mobile operators. However there is another, remarkably low-cost solution available that has been largely overlooked up until now; namely to offload 3G data traffic onto WiFi networks.

Trustive has had the privilege of working with many national and international operators in order to offer them viable roaming and 3G data offload solutions that are tailored to their individual requirements and can be integrated directly into their existing billing and CRM systems.

Christian VanGhelder, Trustive’s managing director, summed up Trustive’s hopes for this new partnership “Like the WBA, Trustive has always been an advocate for the end-user, for a seamless WiFi service that is high-speed, high-quality, reliable and reasonably priced. We’ve endeavoured to educate our users in the pitfalls of excessive 3G usage abroad and to provide customers with the tools to manage their WiFi usage effectively (WiFi software to guarantee seamless access, online account management tools for budget control, a secure web browser to provide additional security when required etc.). It was therefore only a matter of time before Trustive joined the WBA and we now look forward to many happy years working together to achieve this common goal.”

About Trustive

Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, interested in joining or using Trustive’s world-class WiFi network, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

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Skype customers can now enjoy seamless access to 2,800 Trustive hotspots in France

Posted by Trustive on September 27, 2011

Trustive, a leading worldwide mobile internet access provider and the No1 WiFi access provider in Europe, is very pleased to announce a partnership with Skype. This partnership will give Skype customers access to 2,800 premium hotspots located across France through Skype WiFi.

Trustive primarily offers travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ premium WiFi hotspots in 130 countries.  Trustive also works with operators wanting to create or extend an existing international portfolio by providing their customers with seamless, international WiFi access to Trustive’s premium network. 

Skype WiFi provides travellers, whether they are on a business trip or enjoying their holidays abroad, a cost-effective and easy way to get wireless Internet access. With Skype WiFi, they can use their Skype Credit and pay only for the minutes they use. They can do whatever they want online with no limit to upload or download volume and without having to pay data roaming fees for connecting to a mobile network while abroad. To access Trustive hotspots, prices start from $0.14 / €0.10 / £0.08 (inclusive of VAT) per minute and users will only be charged for the minutes they are connected to the Internet.

Christian VanGhelder, Trustive’s managing director, firmly believes in the inherently symbiotic nature of this new partnership: “Over recent years, Trustive’s annual reports have shown the rapid growth of VoIP and video communication offerings that are used by travellers looking to avoid the otherwise expensive roaming costs associated with traditional voice services. Trustive customers did in fact vote Skype as one of the top 3 winning software providers in our annual report 2010-2011. We are therefore confident that Skype customers will quickly discover the joys of Trustive’s comprehensive WiFi coverage in France.”

Shadi Mahassel, Product Manager for Skype WiFi comments: “Adding Trustive hotspots in France to the extensive network of over 1 million WiFi hotspots worldwide is another important step to give travellers handy and cost effective wireless access, whether they want to browse the Internet, update their travel blog, check email, use Skype, update Twitter, upload photos or download music or ebooks.” 

To enjoy wireless access, users just need to download Skype WiFi on their laptop or iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.1 or above with multitasking) and make sure they have some Skype Credit. Skype WiFi is made available through WiFi operators around the world. For a complete list of supported hotspots, visit skype.com/go/skypewifi

 

About Trustive
Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, interested in joining or using Trustive’s world-class WiFi network, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

About Skype
Skype is a communications software whose purpose is to break down barriers to communication. With an Internet-connected device, families, friends and colleagues can get together for free with messaging, voice and video. At low cost, they can also call landlines or mobiles virtually anywhere in the world. Skype has recently introduced group video, allowing groups of more than two people to do things together whenever they’re apart. 

Founded in 2003 and based in Luxembourg. Skype can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other connected devices for free at www.skype.com.

 

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Trustive’s UK WiFi coverage gets a significant boost

Posted by Trustive on September 22, 2011

Roam on Trustive WiFi when travelling in the UK!

Trustive’s WiFi software users can enjoy seamless access to more than 70,000 WiFi hotspots across the UK alone

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, announces a further expansion to its European footprint with the addition of a significant number of hotspots across the United Kingdom. This expansion brings Trustive’s total UK coverage to more than 70,000 premium WiFi hotspots, which are seamlessly accessible via Trustive’s WiFi software. This extensive coverage that is not only advantageous for frequent travellers based in or visiting the UK, but also for all those planning on visiting the UK during the 2012 London Olympics.

Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and providing Trustive customers with seamless access to these locations (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process).

In the UK, Trustive’s WiFi software users can enjoy seamless access to more than 70,000 premium WiFi hotspots, including 102 airport locations (London Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Highlands and Islands, Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter, Newquay Cornwall, Cardiff, and Belfast City) and popular hotel chains such as Travelodge and Premier Inn.

All Trustive WiFi passes are valid across Trustive’s entire WiFi hotspot network of 300,000 premium hotspots and offer customers real control over their budgets, with secure online payments & usage monitoring. In addition, Trustive offers a range of free WiFi software (for Windows, Mac, Asus Eee PC and Android) to detect and connect to Trustive hotspots as well as a free secure web browser for customer’s additional peace of mind. For up-to-date information about Trustive’s WiFi coverage, customers can consult Trustive’s online WiFi hotspot locator (www.trustive.com/hotspots/).

About Trustive
Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, interested in joining or using Trustive’s world-class WiFi network, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

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Trustive’s WiFi coverage in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup 2011

Posted by Trustive on September 20, 2011

For any rugby fans lucky enough to be in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup at the moment, don’t forget to check our online hotspot locator for up-to-date WiFi coverage information and you can keep in touch with your family and friends back home for as little as 0.02Euros per minute.

Here’s a direct link to Trustive’s WiFi coverage in Auckland to get you started…. http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/New%20Zealand/Auckland/

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Trustive’s WiFi footprint expands into South Korea

Posted by Trustive on September 20, 2011

Trustive’s Asian coverage receives a significant boost with the addition of 70,000 WiFi hotspots in South Korea.

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and potentially No1 in Asia, is pleased to be able to announce a further extension to its international WiFi hotspot network, this time with the addition of 70,000 premium WiFi hotspots in South Korea.

Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and providing Trustive customers with seamless access to these locations (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process).

Trustive’s Asian network has grown significantly over recent years, with the addition of thousands of premium hotspots in, for example, China, Japan and India. This latest network expansion in South Korea provides travellers with WiFi coverage in 70 airport locations, including Jeju international airport, Incheon international airport, Gimpo International airport and Yangyang international airport, 5000 bars and restaurants as well as at hotels, university campuses, bus and train stations, sporting and amusement venues and of course in thousands of shopping centres and stores across the country.

Christian VanGhelder, Trustive’s managing director, commented that “Trustive is always looking to extend its premium international WiFi hotspot network by partnering with quality operators all across the world. We are thrilled that Trustive customers will now be able to access so many premium hotspots in South Korea, a destination of growing importance for business travellers.”

For full details of Trustive’s WiFi hotspot coverage, please visit http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/ 

About Trustive

Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, interested in joining or using Trustive’s world-class WiFi network, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

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Trustive launches exclusive new rewards for International Student Identity Card Association WiFi pass holders

Posted by Trustive on September 15, 2011

ISIC WiFi pass holders can get free top-ups of their Trustive WiFi passes simply by providing feedback on their WiFi experiences in designated countries

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, is very pleased to be able to extend their existing partnership with the International Student Identity Card Association (ISIC). Since June 2011, ISIC card holders have been able to get exclusive discounts on Trustive WiFi passes via the ISIC website and now from September 2011, ISIC students can get free top-ups of their Trustive WiFi passes simply by providing feedback on their WiFi experiences in designated countries.

Trustive already has a range of systems and tools in place to monitor its extensive and complex network of 300,000 WiFi hotspots but would like to go a step further. Trustive’s aim is to test the perceived availability, usability, speed and overall quality of its international network, at a local level & from the point of view of regular WiFi users. Thus all ISIC WiFi pass holders are being invited to provide feedback about their WiFi experiences at Trustive hotspots in a select number of countries, the “testing zone.” The testing zone will change each quarter and ISIC card holders will be kept informed about countries included via the ISIC website as well as via ISIC’s social media and online marketing channels (facebook, twitter, newsletters etc.).

The testing zone for Q4 2011 (valid until 31/12/2011) includes all Trustive hotspots located in Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Russia, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. ISIC WiFi pass holders will need to submit their feedback via e-mail to community@trustive.com or via Trustive’s Testing Community facebook group page.

Trustive’s WiFi footprint is accessible to all Trustive customers via Trustive’s WiFi software (available for various devices via www.trustive.com), which detects and automatically connects customers to Trustive WiFi hotspots. For up-to-date information about Trustive’s WiFi coverage, customers can consult Trustive’s online WiFi hotspot locator (www.trustive.com/hotspots/).

About Trustive
Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, interested in joining or using Trustive’s world-class WiFi network, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/


About the International Student Identity Card Association (ISIC)
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Association is the not-for-profit member organisation behind the International Student Identity Card, the only internationally accepted proof of student status.  The ISIC card is endorsed by organizations such as UNESCO, the European Commission and the Andean Community of Nations. In addition the card is recognized by universities, academic institutions, student organizations, national governments and ministries of education around the world. The ISIC card is distributed to more than 4.5 million full-time students in 120 countries every year. It provides students with access to a wealth of specially negotiated student services and discounts, online and offline, thus supporting them throughout their student career. To learn more about ISIC visit www.isic.org.

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Trustive announces a further expansion to its French WiFi footprint

Posted by Trustive on September 13, 2011

Europe’s No1 WiFi access provider’s latest expansion brings its total French footprint to 7,000+ premium WiFi hotspots

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, announces a further expansion to its European footprint with the addition of significant hotspots across France. This expansion brings Trustive’s total French coverage to more than 7,000 premium WiFi hotspots.

Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and providing Trustive customers with seamless access to these locations (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process).

With this latest expansion to its international WiFi network, Trustive customers can now enjoy WiFi coverage at 20+ French airport locations (including Paris Orly and Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse-Blagnac international airport, Lyon Bron & Lyon Saint Exupery international airports, Lille, Montpellier, Strasbourg and Toulon international airports to name but a few), almost 2000 hotels, gites and campsites as well as in key convention centres like Paris Expo, the Palais de Congres in Paris and in various locations around the town of Cannes, which is the home of the renowned Palais des Festival (home to popular events such as the International Cannes Film Festival, MIPIM and MIPTV).

For full details of Trustive’s WiFi hotspot coverage, please visit http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/

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300,000 premium WiFi hotspots are now available to Trustive customers

Posted by Trustive on September 6, 2011

Trustive announces the consolidation of its international WiFi hotspot network in Europe, Asia & Latin America.

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, is very pleased to announce another significant expansion to its international WiFi footprint. This most recent increase to 300,000 premium WiFi hotspots is primarily the result of the consolidation in Trustive’s leadership position in Europe (new network extensions in the UK, France and Eastern block countries) and also in Trustive’s newly developed markets such as Latin America and Asian.

“Trustive’s growth strategy is to continue to propose comprehensive coverage at quality hotspots in both Europe (our traditional stronghold) and fast growing markets such as Russia, Asia and Latin America” stated Christian VanGhelder, managing director of Trustive. “The WiFi hotspot business has become hot again due to an unprecedented need for broadband services by smartphone (e.g. iPhone & Android) and tablet users. The demand for bandwidth to sustain these customers’ expectations is way above and beyond that required by mobile phone customers. The smartphone and tablet users’ desire to stream TV, videos or digital radio whilst on the move means that everyone is quickly becoming experts at comparing WiFi and 3G services, understanding the associated costs and the implications in terms of speed and quality of service.”

Trustive customers have very little interest in complex billing algorithms. Trustive therefore takes the strain for the customer by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and providing Trustive customers with seamless access to these locations using a simple pricing model.

This WiFi footprint is accessible automatically with the WiFi software (available for various devices via www.trustive.com) that detects and connects to Trustive WiFi hotspots. For up-to-date information about Trustive’s WiFi coverage, customers can consult Trustive’s online WiFi hotspot locator (www.trustive.com/hotspots/).

About Trustive
Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, interested in joining or using Trustive’s world-class WiFi network, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

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