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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/).

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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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WiFi, the international mobile internet access solution for the perceived future

Posted by Trustive on February 23, 2011

In our 2010 report, Trustive observes new trends in the way travellers access the internet. Travellers use multiple devices – these days it is not unusual to travel with 3 or more devices – and laptops are gradually being replaced by tablets and smartphones.

This new trend is therefore leading a shift in the way that data is accessed. Regular usage of multiple devices and the real risk of loosing, breaking and/or having devices stolen means that data has to be accessible directly via the net. Forget having to download files onto multiple platforms and the headache associated with the constant need to manage and synchronize local data across multiple devices, hardisks and/or USB keys. In the 21st century, data will be stored in virtual “clouds”, accessible via any device with mobile internet access.

The combination of the availability of high-speed broadband, low-cost structures and a new generation of WiFi technology all enable users to enjoy high-speed WiFi access at home and in the office. It is therefore only natural that users prefer to use the same type of high-speed WiFi internet access services when they travel abroad as well.

Due to the above-mentioned new trends in mobile internet access, it is imperative that security be reviewed, the risks inherent to the public domain being simply too great to ignore. Trustive strongly recommends designing data access security protocols independently to the devices being used. Experts and suppliers should, in Trustive’s opinion, concentrate on providing secured access to data for internal or external use. Trustive understands the complexity of this design but, for the perceived future at least, we cannot escape current user behaviour patterns and trends and, in order to safeguard data, it is thus only sensible to address this subject sooner rather than later.

As carriers move to “à la carte plans”, business nomads working for small companies will pay increasing attention to which types of network they connect to and how much such mobile internet connections cost. Increases in workforce mobility will result in an increase in WiFi usage in the coming months and years. Today’s 3G and tomorrow’s 4G will be premium services, reserved for the top echelon of travellers. However, the vast majority of travellers will rely on WiFi access whenever they are abroad.

At Trustive, we have always worked to provide a secure infrastructure for travellers to rely on, primarily by establishing secure interconnections with our 100+ operator partners and by using the latest technology to protect our systems and sites. Trustive offers travellers a low-cost mobile internet access service that includes free WiFi software to detect and connect to Trustive WiFi hotspots in just one click. That, plus of course Trustive’s free secure web browser (also accessible via Trustive’s WiFi software) both enable travellers to connect easily and with peace of mind to the world’s largest WiFi hotspot network of 180,000 WiFi hotspots in 130 countries.

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Samsung Galaxy S users can now roam easily with Trustive’s Easy2roam WiFi & 3G connection app

Posted by Trustive on September 27, 2010

mobile internet access for Samsung Galaxy S smartphones & all Android smartphonesOne-click WiFi & 3G access is now also available for Samsung Galaxy S users via Trustive’s FREE mobile broadband internet app, Easy2roam. This easy to use app enables Trustive customers to detect and automatically connect to:

  • Trustive 3G networks in 85+ countries worldwide
  • Trustive’s network of 140,000 premium WiFi hotspots in 110 countries

Seamless mobile internet access has never been so easy! Wherever you need to be, Trustive aims to be there at your side so why not visit our online coverage directory, enter your destination in the freestyle search box and plan your mobile internet usage BEFORE you travel.

Control your budget and monitor your usage in real-time, 24/7, with Trustive's international mobile broadband internet service.

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Trustive’s new ‘Mobile Hotspot’ brings seamless 3G connectivity to all your favourite WiFi devices

Posted by Trustive on August 31, 2010

Some say that all good things come in little packages and the Trustive mobile hotspot is no exception! This lightweight, credit card sized, personal hotspot is the perfect travelling companion, giving Trustive customers seamless 3G internet access in 85 countries worldwide and enabling them to quickly and easily share this connection with up to 5 WiFi enabled devices (laptops, iPads, Google Phones, iPhones or any other WiFi enabled smartphones, cameras, game consoles, etc. ).

Whenever Trustive mobile broadband internet customers are not within range of a Trustive WiFi hotspot, then Trustive’s mobile hotspot is a quick and easy way of getting mobile internet access for up to 5 WiFi devices at any one time. This private and secure hotspot is delivered pre-configured for the customer’s personal use and is incredibly easy to use (with just one button – on/off), automatically connecting to Trustive’s international 3G network (available in 85 countries worldwide) and thereby providing the ultimate in wireless freedom.

Trustive’s mobile hotspot is the latest in a range of mobile internet connection solutions aimed at giving frequent travellers maximum coverage and flexibility whilst on the move. Customers may choose to share their secure mobile hotspot internet connection with their travelling companions or co-workers (up to 5 WiFi devices can be connected simultaneously), making it an ideal solution for business travellers who often need to set up a mobile office anywhere and at anytime.

Of course, the real advantage of Trustive’s mobile broadband pass is the dual nature of the service; by combining the convenient 3G internet access with WiFi access across Trustive’s network of 140,000 premium hotspots, Trustive customers are able to manage their mobile internet usage and retain complete control of the associated costs. Trustive highly recommends offloading data heavy tasks (up/downloading multimedia files, sending/receiving large e-mail attachments, watching online videos or TV replays etc.) onto Trustive’s WiFi network in order to take advantage of the ‘no download quota’ policy applicable to all WiFi sessions (WiFi sessions are charged on a per minute basis).

Christian VanGhelder, managing director of Trustive, says “Trustive’s goal has always been to provide a comprehensive, low-cost and most importantly an easy to use mobile internet access service for travellers and by removing the usual hassle and complexity associated with 3G data roaming solutions, our mobile broadband internet package combined with the new mobile hotspot really does fulfil all these criteria.”

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Trustive’s online WiFi hotspot and 3G coverage directory gets a makeover! See the results exclusively on www.trustive.com

Posted by Trustive on July 22, 2010

Trustive's new WiFi hotspot & 3G coverage directoryTrustive’s online WiFi hotspot and 3G coverage directory recently received an exciting makeover and is now packed with extra features designed to help customers plan than mobile internet usage, and in particular their WiFi usage, in advance.

Trustive’s strategy has long been to provide seamless mobile internet access to travellers and an integral part of this strategy has been providing customers with up-to-date information about Trustive’s WiFi hotspot and 3G network so that customers can plan their journeys and WiFi usage in advance and in confidence. Recently the subject of an exciting makeover, Trustive’s WiFi hotspot and 3G coverage directory is now looking better than ever and it’s available exclusively on www.trustive.com

In the beginning, Trustive’s WiFi hotspot data was presented in a simple list format but in October 2007, Trustive launched an innovative new hotspot locator that enabled customers to immediately see the locations of all Trustive hotspots near to a given address or postcode or pinpoint the location of a specific Trustive hotspot on a map. Then, earlier this year, Trustive’s hotspot locator tool received a much needed makeover in order to give customers even greater visibility of and information about Trustive’s international WiFi and 3G networks. This was achieved by enlarging the GoogleTM Map display area as well as by providing customers’ results in a scrolling list format for ease of reference. WiFi search results can be filtered by hotspot location type (airport, hotel, bar/restaurant, marina, campsite etc.) and chain (Hilton, Radisson, Best Western, McDonalds, Starbucks etc.) and then printed off or exported for use with GPS devices such as Tomtom, Navman, Garmin and Navigon.

Trustive’s WiFi hotspot network currently includes 140,000 WiFi hotspots in 110 countries and Trustive works closely with all its partners to ensure that its hotspot database is kept constantly up-to-date; in practical terms this means an average of at least 2 or 3 database updates per week. That’s why Trustive does not share its WiFi hotspot data with any independent WiFi hotspot directory websites; instead the data is presented exclusively on www.trustive.com.

Trustive customers can also access the official WiFi hotspot and 3G coverage directory by clicking on the corresponding links on MyHotspotter for Windows, MyHotspotter for Android (Google Phone) or Easy WiFi (Trustive’s WiFi connection software for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad).

For more information about Trustive or to visit Trustive’s WiFi hotspot and 3G coverage directory, please visit: http://www.trustive.com

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The beginning of the end for unlimited data plans!

Posted by Trustive on July 12, 2010

As expected, unlimited data plans are starting to be withdrawn from the market, with both AT&T and 02 announcing the end of such plans and the introduction of strict caps on data usage. Other mobile carriers like Verizon have also announced that tiered pricing is on the cards for their customers.

Apple have been quoted as stating that 98% of smartphone users consume less than 2GB of data per month, but with the arrival of the iPad, this is certain to change…. The iPad has a huge range of multimedia books, graphically complex games and impressive video streaming capabilities, not to mention the App Store with its range of 200,000 applications. The iPad is marketed specifically as a versatile and mobile online device and capping data usage will therefore hit the innate usability and portability of this device hard.

No-one in the industry wants customers to exceed their data usage limits and incur heavy charges. App developers are therefore starting to review their applications to make them lighter and mobile carriers are pushing WiFi to their customers.  Trustive has been working with mobile carriers like Vodafone SFR, Telefonica and Swisscom for many years in order to offload their customers’ data usage onto Trustive’s premium WiFi hotspot network; a network which includes 140,000 premium WiFi hotspots in 110 countries worldwide.

Click here to visit Trustive’s coverage directory or click here to watch the BBC Click video report “Mobile networks scrap unlimited data plans for smartphones”

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Cubic Telecom partners with Trustive to offer users global WiFi connectivity

Posted by Trustive on October 1, 2009

Trustive and Cubic Telecom have forged a partnership in order to offer Cubic Telecom’s travelling customers even greater flexibility by adding Trustive’s comprehensive, international WiFi access to their connectivity services.

Cubic is one of the world’s first and largest suppliers of Travel SIMs, which abolish high roaming fees that are usually charged by incumbent Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).  The company offers a 100% white label platform where MVNO’s can customize everything as their own, including having their own branding of SIMs and web portal, plus customized audio prompts and short-codes. MVNO’s can set up multiple sub-distributors, each with their own discrete pricing, and customization.

Trustive, a leading international WiFi hotspot access provider and No 1 in Europe, gives travellers extensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 70 leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 90,000 WiFi hotspots in 65+ countries and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a WiFi client that detects Trustive hotspots and automates the log in process).

Trustive & Cubic Telecom’s goals are aligned: to offer viable alternatives to traditional, expensive 3G roaming packages and make their respective, low-cost services as easily accessible as possible for business and leisure travellers alike. Through this partnership, Cubic Telecom can now benefit from the advantages of Trustive’s global WiFi network in order to offer their customers extensive data communications coverage and cost-effective voice communications whilst they are on the move.

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WeFi joins forces with Trustive to offer users premium expansion of WiFi network in Europe

Posted by Trustive on September 15, 2009

Delaware, USA, September 15th 2009:  WeFi Inc., creator of the first open, community-based global Wi-Fi network, and Trustive Ltd., a leading international Wi-Fi hotspot provider and No 1 in Europe, announced today that they have signed an agreement of cooperation in order to give WeFi users access to Trustive’s global network of 90,000 Wi-Fi hotspots . According to the agreement, Trustive’s Wi-Fi hotspot network will be available to users of WeFi’s software as part of a premium service entitled “WeFi Premium Access – Powered By Trustive”, which will be launched before the end of this year.  Trustive’s hotspots – spread across 65 countries with the main concentration being in Europe and Asia – will be highly beneficial to WeFi users, especially in places where free Wi-Fi access is unavailable.

Users of WeFi’s award-winning software, who are already automatically connected to the best free and open hotspots whenever and wherever possible, can now have access to an even wider database of premium hotspots around the world.  The WeFi software dramatically enhances the wireless network user experience with mobile and portable devices. It provides a high performance, open and global broadband wireless network by combining a community-generated database, a smart connection manager and a dynamic access point/hotspot directory.  WeFi always seeks to connect users to Wi-Fi access points where the Internet access has already been verified by other WeFi-enabled devices – dubbed “community-verified spots” – and has a growing network of over 32 million “verified” access points.

“WeFi is constantly looking for new ways to increase Wi-Fi availability for everyone,” said Zur Feldman, Chairman and CEO of WeFi.  “Adding Trustive’s global network of 90,000 premium hotspot locations expands our rapidly growing network of worldwide Wi-Fi access points, and enables our users to find and utilise the nearest Wi-Fi connection wherever they are. This will be the most comprehensive Wi-Fi offering available on the market to date.”

Christian VanGhelder, Managing Director of Trustive, added, “Trustive is thrilled to be extending the outreach of our leading Wi-Fi service to the millions of WeFi users. Trustive understands the need to stay connected when travelling and more importantly to use WiFi access wherever possible because it is far cheaper, faster and easier than 3G; and  WeFi users will now be able to benefit from Trustive’s extensive international coverage to do just that.”

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IAPA teams up with Trustive to bring their members some exclusive deals on international WiFi access!

Posted by Trustive on July 29, 2009

Trustive, a leading international WiFi hotspot access provider and No 1 in Europe, and IAPA (International Airline Passengers Association) have signed a key partnership agreement to enable all 400,000 IAPA members to benefit from Trustive’s global, one-click WiFi access service.

Trustive understands the need to stay connected when travelling and more importantly to use WiFi access wherever possible because it is far cheaper, faster and easier than 3G. Trustive already gives travellers extensive WiFi coverage by combining the WiFi hotspot locations of more than 70 leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of WiFi hotspots (covering 65+ countries) and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a WiFi client that automates the log in process). Under this new partnership agreement, IAPA members will all now have access to this seamless service using Trustive’s WiFi client software, which is being rebranded specifically for IAPA.

IAPA members will also benefit from exclusive discounts on the standard price of Trustive’s WiFi access passes, making Trustive’s already low-cost service even greater value for money. IAPA members will be able to choose between a variety of WiFi access packages, including both pre-paid and monthly subscriptions which are designed to offer an affordable and flexible WiFi access service for both occasional and frequent travellers alike.

Jonathan French, IAPA’s Head of Brand said: “WiFi has become an essential tool for travellers today and it was therefore only natural for IAPA to partner up with one of the world’s leading WiFi internet access providers in order to guarantee a reliable and affordable, international WiFi access service for our membership.”

Caroline Berry, Trustive’s Sales & Marketing Director commented that “Trustive prides itself on delivering high-speed but low-cost WiFi access in 65+ countries around the world and with the special discounted rates that have been negotiated exclusively for IAPA members, we are sure that many IAPA members will be reaping the benefits of this seamless and affordable service in the very near future”

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Trustive partners with SpotCoffee in order to expand its network of premium hotels

Posted by Trustive on July 23, 2009

With the advent of the busy summer season, Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No 1 in Europe, is looking to expand the number of premium hotels that already make up a significant proportion of its WiFi network coverage. To achieve this, Trustive has partnered with SpotCoffee in order to be able to offer hoteliers a professional WiFi solution on a global scale.

The provision of WiFi by a hotel is becoming a key differentiator for travellers and the provision of a stable, reliable and high-speed WiFi connection is therefore vital if hotels are to attract valuable repeat business. This, along with the need for customers to be able to roam seamlessly wherever they go, has led to an increased need for hoteliers to work with fully registered, WiFi service providers such as Trustive and its partners.

Trustive, who is already partnered with 70+ companies around the world, has now partnered with SpotCoffee in order to be able to provide a seamlessly integrated, pre-packaged WiFi solution specifically for hoteliers. SpotCoffee are able to provide the technological infrastructure for the set-up of reliable, high-speed WiFi hotspots using their popular QuickSpot package and Trustive is drawing on its years of experience as an international WiFi hotspot aggregator in order to offer hoteliers a centralised authentication, authorisation and accounting system and rigorous service monitoring tools.

More importantly, Trustive is able to offer hoteliers crucial exposure to a vast community of regular travellers and WiFi users through its online WiFi hotspot directory. Trustive already manages a unified network of 90,000 WiFi hotspots in 65+ countries and their hotel coverage, which currently numbers 8,000 locations worldwide, includes many exclusive, independent hotels as well as internationally renowned hotel chains, such as: Radisson SAS, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts as well as the Four Seasons by Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, Hyatt, Travelodge, Campanile, Mercure and Ibis, Swallow Hotels, Holiday Inn and Valk among many others. Hoteliers will therefore be in good company when they are automatically included in Trustive’s online WiFi hotspot directory. Easy to search through by city, country and/or location type and with user-friendly display and printing options for those all important search results, Trustive’s WiFi hotspot directory is a firm favourite among Trustive’s community of regular travellers and therefore a priceless asset for hoteliers.

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