October 08, 2009 10:41 ET

ekit Expands Travel Journal Mapping and Communications for Corporate Use

Keep in Touch With Traveling Employees on One Web Site

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - ekit (www.ekit.com), the leading telecommunications provider to the travel industry and international travelers, today announces additions to the ekit Travel Journal for corporate use. Ideal for companies that send numerous employees overseas for business, the additions to the Travel Journal enable corporate travel managers to view the location of their employees at any time on a Google map. Additionally, managers can zero in on an employees' location, choose to send a message to one individual employee or a message to a group of employees based on their location in relation to cell phone towers in the area.

The ekit Travel Journal is an online service that automatically creates a trip journal based on the location of the user's phone. It is a free, value-added service included with the purchase of ekit international phone packages and Passport SIM cards from its retail partner, Telestial. The Travel Journal Web interface is also included with ekit's new dual-number SIM card that enables travelers to receive phone calls to either a U.K. or U.S. phone number simultaneously.

"The corporate additions to the Travel Journal make it easy for businesses to see where their employees are and connect with them all in a moment's notice," said John Diamond, ekit CEO. "From a risk management perspective, companies have a responsibility to keep in touch with their employees when they travel on business and our corporate mapping feature allows them to connect quickly, efficiently and inexpensively," added Diamond.

Companies that use ekit's wireless services for phone and data also have significant savings on wireless communications bills. Offering solutions for many communications services, ekit typically saves business up to 70% when compared to international roaming costs.

ekit recently audited two corporate clients' international roaming expenses. One corporate spent an average of $1,350 per international trip on roaming costs. They now use ekit, and have reduced the average spend to $300, a saving of $1,050 per trip or a 77% saving. Another client was spending $250,000 per annum on international roaming costs. With ekit they will now spend only $70,000, a saving of $180,000 per annum.

ekit offers a wide range of products and services for business travelers, co-branded customized collateral and Web sites for its partners, multiple recharge options including auto-recharge, online, real-time billing for expense claims and 24/7 toll-free customer support in seven languages.

About www.ekit.com

The leading communications provider to international travelers and the travel industry, ekit offers mobile phones, satellite phones, SIM cards and global calling cards. To date, more than two million travelers have used an ekit product or service through ekit's retail company, Telestial (www.telestial.com) or through one of ekit's 350+ partners including Orbitz, Travelocity and STA Travel. Ekit operates telecom infrastructure in Europe, America and Asia, and maintains wholesale relationships with more than a dozen global telecom operators worldwide. Customer service and support for all ekit products are available 24/7, 365 days a year in seven different languages. For more information, please visit www.ekit.com/corporate.

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