TravelSim, Guglielmo &Trustive: Three of Europe's leading operators join forces to provide an innovative solution for seamless cellular & WiFi connectivity for travellers in Europe.
TravelSim, Guglielmo & Trustive launch the “Full Access Europe Pass” offering voice, SMS & mobile internet (WiFi & 3G) access services. Highly competitive, this new service also enables travellers in Europe to save up to 85% on roaming costs.
TravelSim, Guglielmo and Trustive, three of Europe's leading operators, have signed an important agreement which aims to strengthen the historical collaboration between these companies. Their aim is to offer truly transparent and automatic access to both cellular and WiFi networks for all users travelling in Europe using a “SIM unlocked”* or dual SIM Android smartphone for voice, SMS, mobile data and WiFi internet access.
The object of this agreement envisages the distribution of a combined SIM card and of a free application, Easy2Roam, for Android smartphones. The data stored on the SIM card will be used to provide immediate user authentication to both cellular and WiFi networks, thereby guaranteeing maximum speed of access, without the need to enter any password or perform any kind of manual sign up procedure.
Available from July 2013 via Trustive’s website (www.trustive.com), the “Full Access Europe pass” is a fully prepaid service with a clear pricing plan, which also offers travellers savings of up to 85% on their roaming costs. The “Full Access Europe pass” will include free incoming calls & SMSs from 135 countries and free calls for Skype users. Outgoing calls & outgoing SMSs will be priced aggressively as will as 3G data access in Europe. In addition, secured, free & unlimited WiFi will be provided at 10,000 premium hotspots in Europe, which will be easy to find with Easy2Roam’s embedded locator.
TravelSim, Guglielmo and Trustive’s goals are aligned to offer viable alternatives to expensive 3G roaming packages through easy to use solutions aimed at business and leisure travellers alike. Every year hundreds of millions of visitors travel to Europe for business or leisure and mobile internet access using the traditional mobile phone network is proving increasingly limited due to the high international roaming fees applied to such services. What this initiative sets out to do, is offer an effective answer to what has now become an extremely widespread need.
Easy2Roam is a free application, powered by Guglielmo, with effective cloud network selection logic that includes a patented SIM-based user authentication system. This combination enables the application to automatically overcome what has always been the real limit in accessing heterogeneous and international wireless networks, a limitation that is particularly pronounced in Europe where the heterogeneity of networks is even more marked. The application also includes a “hotspot finder”, integrated with gmaps, so that the user can find the nearest WiFi network available and makes it possible to select “friendly” WiFi networks for automatically connecting up to the home or company network as well, thus overcoming the limits imposed by the operating system installed on the user’s handheld device.
“This new authentication process probably represents the most innovative development we have dealt with over the last few years, because it significantly improves user experience and connection reliability,” says Giovanni Guerri, CEO of Guglielmo. “The most significant feature is the extraordinary capacity to perform authentication on a WiFi network using the active connection, thus opening a completely revolutionary scenario in terms of performance.”
Christian Vanghelder, MD at Trustive, declares: “As commuters ourselves, we look at innovation to support the need to communicate and stay in touch with our business, our family and friends. In this initiative, we have been able to integrate the best of what we found around the world with the Android Smartphone capabilities (Dual Sim or Sim unlocked), an aggressive and efficient Voice and data service from Travel Sim using international Sim card, the Sim Card authentication innovation for both 3G and WiFi developed by Guglielmo, and our WiFi footprint and integration capabilities and support. Now we can now provide a true seamless access, improve the security and best price combining offer from the three partners.”
After the launch of an initially European-focussed service, this program may be extended to Latin America to support the major events planned there over the next few years. It is hoped that this initiative will “point the way” for mobile operators to go faster in the deployment of new offers, using their existing Sim cards as the key for simplification and security.
* “SIM Unlocked” smartphone is a smartphone accepting any SIM and not linked to a specific operator
Guglielmo is one of the leading wireless Internet service providers in Italy and has a network consisting of over 12,000 access points and over 2 million users registered by means of its very own LUMEN platform. Guglielmo owes its name to the founders’ wish to pay a well-deserved tribute to the physicist from Bologna, Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of radio waves and the father of telecommunications. www.guglielmo.biz
Trustive is No 1 in Europe, leading international WiFi premium hotspot access provider and gives travellers extensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of over 500,000 premium WiFi hotspots in 130+ countries. www.trustive.com
TravelSim is the world's leader in international prepaid roaming with over 3.2 million users worldwide. TravelSim works in over 190 countries and offers exceptionally low call rates and free incoming calls in over 135 countries providing the answer to the question “how to call cheaply from abroad". TravelSim is a registered trademark of Top Connect Ltd. www.travelsim.com