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AIPS partners with Trustive to offer their members premium WiFi coverage during their travels.

Posted by Trustive on May 26, 2010

AIPS, the International Sports Press Association, has partnered with Trustive, a leading, international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, in order to offer their members premium WiFi access during their travels. In fact, AIPS members can now get 10% off the standard rate of Trustive’s most popular prepaid WiFi access passes by going through the special link on www.aipsmedia.com

AIPS already has a reputation for excellence in the sports world and with a membership made up almost purely of frequent travellers, a partnership with Trustive was therefore a natural symbiosis.  Trustive’s comprehensive network of 140,000 WiFi hotspots in 70+ countries has been designed to give business and leisure travellers mobile internet access when and where they need it most, in hotels, airports, bus & train stations, marinas, convention centres and many other premium locations. Of particular interest to any AIPS members who are covering the World Cup next month will be Trustive’s South African footprint, which numbers 1000+ premium WiFi hotspots located in all the major cities (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, etc.) as well as at Cape Town, Johannesburg & Durban International Airports.

Trustive’s managing director, Christian VanGhelder, said “we are very pleased to be able to welcome AIPS members to Trustive’s community of frequent travellers. We are confident that they will find our extensive WiFi network a real asset when they travel and that they will quickly discover the joys of our clear pricing policy, which includes no download quotas, thereby enabling customers to up and download files (for example photos and even film footage) at no extra cost.”

AIPS President Gianni Merlo hailed the partnership as a positive step towards supporting members in their everyday work. “The internet is crucial to our profession and it is with a great sense of pride that we have launched this initiative with Trustive – one which will be of immense value to our thousands of members worldwide,” Merlo said. “I am particularly pleased the partnership has been launched in time for our members working at the World Cup in South Africa to take advantage of the more than 1,000 WiFi hotspots available there.”

About AIPS
The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) is the peak professional body representing the sports media worldwide. Established at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games as Association Internationale De La Presse Sportive, AIPS boasts a membership of more than 9,000 journalists and photographers from 153 nations and has defended the rights of the sports media for almost 75 years. The association’s headquarters are based at Maison du Sport International in the Olympic city of Lausanne. AIPS publishes a quarterly magazine and maintains a website www.aipsmedia.com on a daily basis.

About Trustive
Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 70 leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 140,000+ WiFi hotspots (including more than 350+ airports internationally) and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi clients for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process).  For more information, please visit www.trustive.com

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Rely on Trustive’s mobile internet services during your visit to the Universal Exhibition in Shanghai!

Posted by Trustive on May 19, 2010

The Universal exhibition or World Expo takes place in Shanghai from May 1st to October 31st 2010 and during this time, 70 to 100 million people are expected to visit the exhibition. The theme is “Better City, Better Life” with a focus on environmental and urban subjects. With 1000+ WiFi hotspots in Shanghai, including Shanghai international airport, Trustive is the perfect solution if you want to stay connected during your visit to World Expo 2010. Trustive WiFi enables you to surf the web, check your e-mails, exchange photos and even film footage of your trip and watch TV or videos online, all at a low-cost thanks to Trustive’s clear pricing policy, which includes no hidden costs and NO download quotas! You want to keep contact with your friends and family? You’re looking for a low-cost WiFi solution with maximum budget control? Join Trustive’s community of frequent travellers and discover how simple and affordable international mobile internet access can be. Visit Trustive’s WiFi website for more information or click here to visit Trustive’s online hotspot locator to view Trustive’s hotspot coverage in Shanghai for yourself!

If you need more comprehensive wireless internet access, why not check out Trustive’s new combined mobile broadband service, which includes both WiFi access and 3G access in one flexible, low-cost and easy to use pass?

Trustive’s 3G mobile internet access only costs 1.5Euros per MB in Shanghai (Zone A) and with 1000+ WiFi hotspots in Shanghai as well, travellers can really plan their mobile internet usage and offload data heavy tasks (like up and downloading multimedia files) onto Trustive’s WiFi network – because with WiFi access there are no download quotas of course – thereby enabling them to save even more money! Visit Trustive’s mobile broadband internet site and learn how much you could save!

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Top ten hotspots for May 2010!

Posted by Trustive on May 19, 2010

Here is the list of the ten most popular hotspots you have voted for in May.

  1. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, (Airport) Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. David Meridian Dead sea, (Hotel) Dead sea, Israel
  3. Brussels Airport, (Airport) Zaventem-Nossegem, Belgium
  4. Cannes Marina, (Marina) Cannes, France
  5. Highton International Hotel, (Hotel) Shanghai, China
  6. Radisson SAS Hotel Berlin, (Hotel) Berlin, Germany
  7. Cannes Hotel & Festival Hotel, (Hotel) Cannes, France
  8. Thistle Hotel Heathrow Airport, (Hotel) London, United Kingdom
  9. The Central Plazza Hotel, (Hotel) Zurich, Switzerland
  10. Shanghai Railway Station, (Station) Shanghai, China

Will you be in Shanghai over the next few months for the World Expo 2010 (Universal Exhibition)? Don’t forget to check Trustive’s WiFi coverage using our online hotspot locator before booking your hotel or making your travel arrangements. Click here to view Trustive’s WiFi hotspot footprint in Shanghai and stay in touch during your visit to the World Expo 2010!

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Trustive announces the launch of a new international mobile internet access service!

Posted by Trustive on May 12, 2010

Trustive's mobile broadband internet service is now available

One low-cost and flexible pass for mobile internet access in 85+ countries

Trustive’s new mobile internet service combines the best of WiFi with a 3G data roaming service that is available in 85+ countries via one flexible and low-cost pass.

Trustive’s 2009 customer survey revealed that the widespread deployment of broadband internet in people’s homes along with the rapid uptake of smartphones such as the iPhone and Google Phone have created new expectations among users; a large percentage of whom now have 3G dongles with “unlimited packages” (and strict fair usage policies) that enable them to continue their online lifestyles (on Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Buzz, E-mail, YouTube etc.) whilst on the move in their national market. However, fed-up of returning from holidays or business trips abroad only to be met by an astronomical bill from their mobile operator for international roaming charges or annoyed at having their data roaming service cut half way through their trip by their domestic operator because they’ve reach the EU imposed 50 Euros limit, frequent and occasional travellers are desperate for a truly flexible, affordable and manageable international mobile internet service. That’s why Trustive is launching a new mobile broadband internet access service that combines both WiFi & 3G in one flexible, easy to use pass.

Trustive’s mobile internet service is based on a simple billing model that offers customers maximum control and cost predictability. A purely prepaid service (no subscription accounts whatsoever!) that gives customers maximum control over their credit, no hidden costs, an easy online top-up facility and 24/7 access to their account usage in real-time are the primary advantages associated with Trustive’s new mobile broadband internet service. Making credit valid for 12 months from the date of purchase also enables Trustive to offer customers huge savings compared to their home operators, savings that can be further improved if customers plan their usage wisely, making use of WiFi access – which contrary to the 3G service is billed on a per minute basis and includes no download quotas – for data heavy tasks (such as up and downloading photos, watching online videos, downloading large e-mail attachments etc.) and keeping the 3G service as a ‘back up.’

Christian VanGhelder, managing director for Trustive explains that “Trustive’s research has shown time and time again that coverage and cost are the two key concerns for travellers. That’s why complementing Trustive’s existing WiFi service (which now numbers 140,000 WiFi hotspots in 70+ countries, making Trustive the No1 WiFi access provider in Europe and probably the largest in the world too) with a “back-up” 3G data roaming service was a natural progression for us. We’re confident that a mobile broadband internet pass that combines the benefits and cost savings associated with WiFi (reliable, high-speed connections, no download quotas etc) with the advantage of the almost ubiquitous coverage inherent with a 3G service will quickly become a favourite with frequent and occasional travellers alike.”

For more information about Trustive’s mobile internet access services visit: http://www.trustive.com

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The biggest worldwide wireless broadband service is deployed from Europe – Trustive’s WiFi network grows to 140,000 premium locations in 70+ countries!

Posted by Trustive on May 4, 2010

London based Trustive has long aimed to unify local WiFi hotspot networks (airports, hotels, bars etc.) under one brand in order to save travellers from having to register and input their credit card details each and every time they want to connect to a different WiFi hotspot. With a Trustive pass, travellers can roam freely across a comprehensive network of hotspots, taking their credit with them wherever they go. In the face of stiff competition from big operators, this approach may have seemed risky.

However WiFi has now become so widespread, with hotspots cropping up in ever more places, that its availability is now expected in many locations, thereby encouraging users to rely on WiFi for a range of new and exciting tasks. As such, providing a reliable, high-speed WiFi access service has become a necessity for hotels, restaurants and bars, airports, leisure centres and campsites, train stations, at home and even in planes. Trustive’s WiFi network has grown in parallel, from 3000 hotspots in 2003 to an incredible 140,000 premium locations in 70+ countries worldwide, making it the No1 WiFi access provider in Europe and probably the largest in the world too.

The spread of WiFi, the improvements in technology (devices) as well as the speed of transmission all combine now to facilitate real multimedia usage. Users are no longer content just to consult their e-mails and the odd website. We use IM (instant messaging) VoIP services to keep communication costs down in countries where this is permitted. We watch YouTube videos and consult Google. We connect to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or any of the other networking sites where we need to be seen.

For the past 7 years, Trustive has followed this evolution establishing relationships with most of the key actors and big operators like Telefonica, BT Openzone, Swisscom, SFR, KPN, Golden Telecom, China Telecom (etc.) in order to be able to offer coverage in 70+ countries via 140,000 premium WiFi hotspot locations (hotels chains, restaurants, bars, airports, train stations, conference centres, marinas, car rentals). If you travel around China, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, Argentina or if you go to Moscow, St Petersburg, Cape Town or anywhere in Europe, having high-speed access is now completely feasible, without the need to worry about the associated cost upon your return home because billing is simple with online account monitoring (in real-time, 24/7) and no hidden costs.

To help customers, Trustive also provides free WiFi software that detects and automatically identifies Trustive hotspots and logs the customer in with just one click. The customer can also access the secure web browser via the WiFi software if required.

Over recent years, the economy has seen the collapse of large corporate structures and a shift in favour of smaller organisations. A “nomadic” population has appeared, freed from the restraints of traditional structures (offices, meeting rooms) they are conducting business in bars, restaurants and hotels, which are cheaper and much more flexible. Trustive’s 2009 customer survey results (which represent the opinion of Trustive’s customer base of 8000+ frequent travellers) confirm that Internet access in these locations is a key, deciding factor and users are now basing their travel decisions on the availability (or not) of WiFi.

Trustive’s aim remains primarily to form partnerships that will enable the new “nomads”, who travel for business and leisure, to log in with a minimum of security and a maximum of freedom, whilst respecting the prevailing legislation.

Trustive will continue to expand in areas such as Japan, Korea, Singapore and Latin America by joining forces with innovative companies in order to guarantee the provision of a secure, seamless and high-speed service with clear cost control for the user. It is highly probable that Trustive will integrate other technologies into its offering to complement its WiFi service. International 3G services remain a “back-up” solution, for limited access in case of an emergency. We should remember that it is highly recommend to deactivate the “international data roaming” service option on the iPhone before leaving your home country and that the 50 Euros maximum usage limit and service cut off on international roaming fees that was imposed on mobile operators by the European Union in 2009, is quickly reached when you travel abroad and connect using your smartphone or 3G dongle.

WiFi will remain a key part of mobile internet for a long time to come, especially as soon as users pass the border or want to do more than just check their e-mails.  Recently, the Netbook, iPhone, iPod Touch, Google phone & now the iPad have all confirmed this trend. So before travelling, for business or leisure, remember “regardless of the device you use, the important thing is to get connected!”

London based Trustive has long aimed to unify local WiFi hotspot networks (airports, hotels, bars etc.) under one brand in order to save travellers from having to register and input their credit card details each and every time they want to connect to a different WiFi hotspot. With a Trustive pass, travellers can roam freely across a comprehensive network of hotspots, taking their credit with them wherever they go. In the face of stiff competition from big operators, this approach may have seemed risky.

However WiFi has now become so widespread, with hotspots cropping up in ever more places, that its availability is now expected in many locations, thereby encouraging users to rely on WiFi for a range of new and exciting tasks. As such, providing a reliable, high-speed WiFi access service has become a necessity for hotels, restaurants and bars, airports, leisure centres and campsites, train stations, at home and even in planes. Trustive’s WiFi network has grown in parallel, from 3000 hotspots in 2003 to an incredible 140,000 premium locations in 70+ countries worldwide, making it the No1 WiFi access provider in Europe and probably the largest in the world too.

The spread of WiFi, the improvements in technology (devices) as well as the speed of transmission all combine now to facilitate real multimedia usage. Users are no longer content just to consult their e-mails and the odd website. We use IM (instant messaging) VoIP services to keep communication costs down in countries where this is permitted. We watch YouTube videos and consult Google. We connect to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or any of the other networking sites where we need to be seen.

For the past 7 years, Trustive has followed this evolution establishing relationships with most of the key actors and big operators like Telefonica, BT Openzone, Swisscom, SFR, KPN, Golden Telecom, China Telecom (etc.) in order to be able to offer coverage in 70+ countries via 140,000 premium WiFi hotspot locations (hotels chains, restaurants, bars, airports, train stations, conference centres, marinas, car rentals). If you travel around China, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, Argentina or if you go to Moscow, St Petersburg, Cape Town or anywhere in Europe, having high-speed access is now completely feasible, without the need to worry about the associated cost upon your return home because billing is simple with online account monitoring (in real-time, 24/7) and no hidden costs.

To help customers, Trustive also provides free WiFi software that detects and automatically identifies Trustive hotspots and logs the customer in with just one click. The customer can also access the secure web browser via the WiFi software if required.

Over recent years, the economy has seen the collapse of large corporate structures and a shift in favour of smaller organisations. A “nomadic” population has appeared, freed from the restraints of traditional structures (offices, meeting rooms) they are conducting business in bars, restaurants and hotels, which are cheaper and much more flexible. Trustive’s 2009 customer survey results (which represent the opinion of Trustive’s customer base of 8000+ frequent travellers) confirm that Internet access in these locations is a key, deciding factor and users are now basing their travel decisions on the availability (or not) of WiFi.

Trustive’s aim remains primarily to form partnerships that will enable the new “nomads”, who travel for business and leisure, to log in with a minimum of security and a maximum of freedom, whilst respecting the prevailing legislation.

Trustive will continue to expand in areas such as Japan, Korea, Singapore and Latin America by joining forces with innovative companies in order to guarantee the provision of a secure, seamless and high-speed service with clear cost control for the user. It is highly probable that Trustive will integrate other technologies into its offering to complement its WiFi service. International 3G services remain a “back-up” solution, for limited access in case of an emergency. We should remember that it is highly recommend to deactivate the “international data roaming” service option on the iPhone before leaving your home country and that the 50 Euros maximum usage limit and service cut off on international roaming fees that was imposed on mobile operators by the European Union in 2009, is quickly reached when you travel abroad and connect using your smartphone or 3G dongle.

WiFi will remain a key part of mobile internet for a long time to come, especially as soon as users pass the border or want to do more than just check their e-mails.  Recently, the Netbook, iPhone, iPod Touch, Google phone & now the iPad have all confirmed this trend. So before travelling, for business or leisure, remember “regardless of the device you use, the important thing is to get connected!”

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