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Top 10 hotspots for August 2010!

Posted by Trustive on September 1, 2010

Here are the ten top hotspots for this month as voted for by you:

  • Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (Airport), Nice, France
  • Stars’n’Bars (Bar/Restaurant), Monaco, Monaco
  • Camping la Créole (Camping), Merseillan Plage, France
  • Starlight Sweten Hotel (Hotel), Budapest, Hungary
  • Pudong International Airport (Airport), Shanghai, China
  • BMI Heathrow T1 (Airport), London, United-Kingdom
  • Hotel Gallia Montfleury (Hotel), Cannes, France
  • Malaga Airport (Airport), Malaga, Spain
  • Hotel Panorama (Hotel), Florence, Italy
  • Best Western, Coral Hotel (Hotel), Athens, Greece

Don’t forget to check out Trustive’s coverage before booking your hotel or making your summer holiday plans. Sign up for a Trustive WiFi pass for great value WiFi internet access at 140,000 premium locations worldwide or get a Trustive mobile broadband Internet pass that combines all the benefits of WiFi (most importantly no download quotas!) with a comprehensive 3G data roaming service.

For more information, please visit Trustive’s website

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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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Trustive now welcomes payments in US dollars and British pounds!

Posted by Trustive on July 31, 2009

Today, Trustive launches a multi-currency payment system for all new customers wishing to purchase or top up a Trustive WiFi pass. Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No 1 in Europe, has focussed primarily on its central European customer base until now. However with it’s recent expansion into Asia (the addition of 2,000 China Telecom hotspots, including Beijing Capital and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, was announced only last week) and concrete plans for further, significant coverage expansions in Asia and further afield, over the next few months, Trustive has chosen to reinforce its new position as a leading international WiFi access provider by providing more tailored services to those international customers who need them.

Hence, the development and launch this week of a multi-currency payment system. New customers are invited to select their preferred currency (USD, GBP or EUR) from the drop-down list at the top of Trustive’s “Buy you WiFi pass’ page. The rest of the sign up process remains unchanged, but Trustive hopes that adding little details such as this new multi-currency feature will make their service even more accessible and easy to use.

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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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WiFi security – why do I need to worry about it?

Posted by Trustive on June 29, 2009

As Howard Schmidt, professor, and president of the international Information Security Forum is quoted to have said in a recent article on FT’s Digital Business section “Data is the gold, the silver and the diamonds of the world we live in.” Everyone should therefore be extra vigilant when it comes to protecting their personal data and never is this more an issue than when you need to use wireless networks. WiFi security risks can take many forms (if you want details of when, where, how why and what format such risks can take then, check out Wikipedia’s very thorough article on the subject) and anyone who doesn’t consider these risks is, if I’m brutally honest, a poor, naïve fool.

At Trustive, we’ve been pondering this issue of WiFi security for a good few months and working out the best way we could help protect our customers’ personal, sensitive data whenever they connect to our WiFi hotspots. Our ‘Enhanced WiFi security’ feature was released last week and we are really pleased at the public’s initial reaction; there’s been loads of Tweets about it, various journalists have picked up on its potential including techworld.com’s John Dunn and we’ve received scores of customer e-mails asking for more information.

Just to recap, Trustive’s Enhanced WiFi Security feature is based on Cisco infrastructure and is a means of encrypting your web session information when you are at a Trustive WiFi hotspot. Once you’ve accessed Trustive’s secure web browser and so long as you only navigate within this secure browser, then your web session information will be encrypted. So you can then complete a hotel booking or online purchase, safe in the knowledge that your personal, sensitive data is protected in exactly the same way as if you were logged in on your home wireless network.

So to respond to all those who are wondering if they really need to worry about WiFi security… yes you do!  But securing your data doesn’t need to be a daunting, complicated process either.

Check out Trustive’s low-cost WiFi passes that include access to our new Enhanced WiFi Security feature.  One click access to our WiFi hotspot network is also possible with our Free WiFi client (connection management software) for Windows XP & Vista devices, MacBooks and ASUS Eee PC. What could be simpler?

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WiFi remains the most cost effective option for savvy consumers!

Posted by Trustive on June 16, 2009

Following the recent announcement regarding the change in EU legislation relating to mobile operators’ roaming charges, the cost of WiFi vs. 3G is a subject which has once again been brought to the fore. Will consumers really sit up and take notice though? In difficult economic times such as these, they would if they knew what savings could be made!

With the exception of some providers’ special HSDPA networks, mobile 3G broadband is, generally, not as fast as a fixed line or WiFi connection. Good 3G coverage is an important factor too, as very few areas enable the fastest data standard. Many mobile 3G network providers limit the amount of data you are allowed to download each month and, if you exceed this limit, you may be liable for extra charges. These charges can cost as much as £1 (approx 1.18 Euros) per additional megabyte, resulting in a shocking £1024 (1212 Euros) per gigabyte. Overseas, costs can be as much as £5 (5.92 Euros) per megabyte!

The recent decision by the European Commission to impose a cap on roaming charges for data and SMS usage will force mobile operators to cut their fees (and cut the service to customers if they exceed specified usage limits!) but despite this, 3G roaming costs will remain significantly higher than WiFi.

Not only is WiFi vastly cheaper, but connection speeds are close to those of fixed line broadband. Whilst the negative aspect of WiFi hotspots may previously have been the sporadic availability of access points, the increased demand and popularity has now resulted in almost seamless coverage in the majority of key cities and airport areas throughout Europe. Trustive gives travelers extensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 70 leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of WiFi hotspots 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).

The cost for Trustive’s high-speed WiFi access is from as little as 0.02 Euros (approx 0.02 GBP) per minute (subscription accounts) or 0.08 Euros (0.07 GBP) per minute (pre-paid accounts) with no hidden costs or data download quotas!

Whilst surfing the internet and accessing e-mail have traditionally been the main activities of WiFi users, the growth of the ‘Net Generation’ has resulted in wireless connections being used for far more varied applications such as voice, file sharing and entertainment. Christian VanGhelder, Managing Director of Trustive, comments ”Trustive is very much aligned to this Net Generation and offers users ‘real internet broadband’ so that they can watch videos, download music, share photographs, play online games and keep in touch with friends and family through a host of social networking sites. Activities such as these would not even be considerations for users of a 3G connection due to the enormous (and unpredictable) cost implications but Trustive customers can enjoy doing all this, safe in the knowledge that their low-cost WiFi access account has no download quotas or hidden costs. There will be no nasty surprise waiting for them on the doormat when they get home!”

And in difficult economic times such as these, it is the predictability and affordability of good quality, low cost WiFi services, such as the one offered by Trustive, which will appeal to customers.

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The iPhone still dominates!

Posted by Trustive on May 29, 2009

According to Admob’s April 2009 report, the iPhone and iPod Touch’s dominance of mobile web traffic continues almost unchecked by rivals, despite the fact that their market share is quite small (8%). Last month the iPhone generated 43% of mobile web requests and 65% of HTML usage!!

This is why WiFi clients such as Trustive’s Easy WiFi are so important, providing seamless, one-click access to a global network of WiFi hotspots. WiFi is cheaper, faster and easier than 3G and so any iPhone/iPod Touch user who hasn’t already sorted out a low-cost, international WiFi access account should visit www.trustive.com without delay!

Check out Admob’s April 2009 report >>

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EU cuts roaming charges …

Posted by Trustive on May 27, 2009

The recent decision by the European Commission to impose a cap on roaming charges for data and SMS will force mobile operators to cut their roaming charges. However, consumers should not be lulled into a false sense of security by this decision and, for the savvy consumer, WiFi will remain the most reliable and cost effective solution for international data roaming.

URL: http://www.telecoms.com/10693/europe-cuts-costs-of-sms-data-roaming-charges

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Trustive Calls on its Customers to Spread the Good News!

Posted by Trustive on May 7, 2009

Trustive's 'Introduce a Friend' Campaign BannerTrustive is calling on its customers to share the good news with their friends and family about Trustive’s seamless, low-cost and high-speed, global WiFi access service.

Trustive, a leading international WiFi hotspot access provider and number 1 in Europe, not only believes whole heartedly in the quality and usability of the service it provides but also values the feedback and input of its customers. It was therefore only a matter of time before Trustive launched an ‘introduce a friend’ campaign in order to enable its community members to share the good news with their friends and family whilst earning valuable Trustive loyalty points. Trustive loyalty points are redeemable against a catalogue of rewards, ranging from Amazon gift vouchers to a 2nd generation, 16GB iPod Touch (iTouch).

This ‘introduce a friend’ campaign comes only days after Trustive launched its online presence through the creation of a Trustive Facebook page, MySpace group and Twitter profile and is in line with Trustive’s desire to really interact with customers and create an online, interactive community in which customers are encouraged to provide feedback, share with their friends and keep up-to-date with Trustive news and developments.

Trustive has spent the last 5 years investing in and developing its WiFi hotspot network and today gives travellers extensive WiFi coverage by combining WiFi hotspot locations in 65+ countries into one unified, global network of WiFi hotspots 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).  Trustive provides WiFi access in: internet cafés, convention centres, hotels, camp sites, attractions, marinas, golf courses, ferry boats/cruise ships, stadiums/sport venues, libraries, theatres, hospitals, car dealerships, phone booths, bus/train stations, stores/shopping centres, airports, leisure facilities, bar and restaurants, airport lounges, outdoor/city-wide locations, parks and petrol stations. The variety of Trustive access packages, including both pre-paid and monthly subscriptions, combined with a ‘per second’ billing system make Trustive a reliable, affordable and flexible choice for both occasional and frequent users alike.

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