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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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Trustive’s Top 10 hotspots for October 2010

Posted by Trustive on October 25, 2010

The Top 10 premium WiFi hotspots, as voted for by the Trustive community…

1. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France
2. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands
3. Comfort Hotel André Latin, Paris, France
4. Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, Germany
5. Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy
6. Mercure Hamburg an der Messe, Germany
7. Brussels Airport, Belgium
8. Hotel Luxor Rimini, Rimini, Italy
9. Copenhagen Airport, Denmark
10. Gare de Lyon, Paris, France

low-cost international WiFi access from Trustive, Europe's No1 WiFi access provider

Trustive's low-cost regional WiFi passes, available for a limited time only!

If you’re heading to Asia & Australisia, Latin America or North-Eastern Europe this month, don’t forget to check out Trustive’s regional passes before you leave home. Offering great coverage in 3 regions for just 0.02E/min, these passes are excellent value for money. Click here for more details and to sign up today>

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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 Top 10 hotspots for September 2010

Posted by Trustive on September 17, 2010

There are a real range of venues in the top 10 this month:

  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Radisson SAS Hotel Stansted Airport, London, United Kingdom
  • Nice Cote d’Azur Airport, Nice, France
  • London Gatwick Airport, London, United Kingdom
  • Hotel Ristorante Transatlantico, Naples, Italy
  • Camping Ginasservis, Ginasservis, France
  • Stars’n’Bars Restaurant, Monaco
  • Port de Cannes, Cannes, France
  • Gare de Lyon, Paris, France
  • Mercure Stuttgart City Center, Stuttgart, Germany

As you can see, Trustive has hotspots in prime locations across Europe and in 110+ countries worldwide: hotels, train stations, airports, bars & restaurants and many, many more besides. So, make sure you check out our coverage before you travel and stay connected with peace of mind thanks to Trustive’s low-cost WiFi service and no download quota policy.

Trustive’s online hotspot directory – http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/ – you won’t find our coverage information anywhere else!

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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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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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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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Shock mobile internet bill of 31,500GBP for 1 British holidaymaker!

Posted by Trustive on April 21, 2010

31,500GBP in international mobile internet (data) roaming charges – that’s what one British holidaymaker faced paying upon his return home from his relaxing holiday in Portugal!

Mr Dobsyn had used his Vodafone data card to download one episode of Prison Break and a couple of songs and thought that the resulting bill was a joke! It seems that despite being an IT worker, Mr Dobsyn – like many 3G customers – was unaware of the excessive charges levied by mobile operators for international data roaming. This case took place in early 2009 and so thankfully the EU legislation that came into force in July last year is protecting mobile internet users by forcing mobile operators to cap data roaming usage at 50 Euros. 50 Euros is a limit that can be quickly reached, especially when you use 3G services, and so Trustive highly recommends using WiFi wherever possible.

WiFi is far cheaper, faster and easier than 3G and with Trustive’s wide range of prepaid and subscription WiFi access accounts, there are no hidden charges, and more importantly for Mr Dobsyn, no download quotas!

Visit www.trustive.com for more information about Trustive’s low-cost WiFi service.

If you’d like to read the original article please go to: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1031630/Holidaymaker-charged-31-500-downloading-episode-favourite-TV-Portugal.html

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Trustive expands its coverage in South Africa in time for the World Cup 2010!

Posted by Trustive on March 24, 2010

Trustive has 1000+ WiFi hotspots in South Africa including Cape Town, Durban & Johannesburg international airports. Click here for more informationTrustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No 1 in Europe, is very proud to announce a significant expansion in their WiFi coverage across South Africa, thanks to a new partnership agreement with WirelessG. This increase brings Trustive’s total South African footprint to 1000+ premium WiFi hotspots, which are 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 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 so this latest expansion in Trustive’s coverage will of course be music to the ears of any football fans and sports journalists who plan on making the pilgrimage to South Africa for this year’s football World Cup.

Christian VanGhelder, managing director of Trustive confirms that “Trustive is continually striving to expand its global WiFi network to include ever more hotspots in premium locations in order to offer as comprehensive a footprint as possible to both business and leisure travellers alike. For example, we are proud to be present in key hotels chains such as Radisson SAS, City Lodge, Holiday Inn, Southern Sun and Sun International as well as in popular restaurant chains such as McDonalds, Mugg & Bean, Seattle Coffee Company and Café Dulce.”

Trustive already gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 70 leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 90,000+ 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). The variety of Trustive WiFi access passes (including both prepaid accounts and monthly subscriptions), combined with a ‘per second’ billing system make Trustive a reliable, low-cost and flexible choice for both occasional and frequent users alike.

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The New Year Countdown….

Posted by Trustive on January 18, 2010

Over the past month, hotel and airport WiFi hotspots have continued to be the most popular location types amongst our customers. Do remember that Trustive WiFi  passes include no download quotas, so you can check your e-mails, watch videos or up/download photos freely – there is no need to get bored or lose touch with family and friends, even when you’re on the road!

Top 10 hotspots for Janaury 2010:

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands
Brussels Airport, Belgium
Radisson SAS Zurich Airport, Switzerland
Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France
Hotel Le Wassberg, Forch, Switzerland
Camping Ginasservis, France
Hilton Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London, UK
Walhotel, Davos, Switzerland
Copenhagen Airport, Denmark
Nice Cote d’Azur Airport, France

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