iPass, the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network, has announced that customers of Vertu, a leading manufacturer of luxury communications devices, will have automatic access to the iPass network of 15 million hotspots, including access on many Wi-Fi equipped airplanes. The complimentary access to the iPass global Wi-Fi network will be available on Vertu’s latest smartphones, Aster and Signature Touch, for 6 and 12 months, respectively. According to a statement by iPass, these luxury handsets are handmade by a single craftsman at the company’s headquarters in Hampshire, England, using fine leathers, engineered titanium chassis and solid sapphire crystal screens.
Evan Kaplan, President and Chief Executive Officer, iPass
With iPass, Vertu owners now have complimentary access to the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network. They don’t have to go through the hassle of inputting usernames and passwords or getting out their credit card at different Wi-Fi venues. Instead, through iPass, they are automatically connected to more than 15 million hotspots—without any data caps or bandwidth throttling. Even on the most advanced handsets the vast majority of data goes over Wi-Fi according to a recent report by Informa. Indeed, our own research has shown that users will opt for Wi-Fi whenever they have a choice. So for any device brand, especially one at the luxury end of the market, providing Wi-Fi access across the globe is critical.
Massimiliano Pogliani, Chief Executive Officer, Vertu
Vertu customers frequently travel internationally for business and pleasure. The ability for them to connect effortlessly to the extensive iPass network of Wi-Fi venues is an invaluable asset. We also like the fact that our customers can connect to inflight Wi-Fi when travelling around the world.