SOURCE: iPass

iPass

September 21, 2009 08:00 ET

Finpro Workforce Always Online With iPass

Finnish Enterprise Keeps Mobile and Remote Users Productive and Controls Mobile Broadband Roaming Costs With iPass Mobile Office

REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwire - September 21, 2009) - iPass® Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of enterprise mobility services, today announced that Finpro, a global expert network promoting the growth and competitiveness of Finnish companies through internationalization, is rolling out iPass Mobile Office™ to more than 60 offices in over 40 countries.

iPass has been brought on board to help mobilize several hundred Finpro staff around the world who will benefit from the iPass high level of usability and expansive global Wi-Fi® network. The network encompasses almost 140,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, including nearly 60,000 in Europe alone, as well as extensive 3G Mobile Broadband coverage, Ethernet and dial-up.

iPass Mobile Office is an award-winning service that unifies mobility management over any Internet connection. It works to optimize mobile access, centrally manage mobile connections, and control the end-user organization's mobility expenses. Finpro users will connect via the iPassConnect™ mobility manager, enabling a simple and consistent user experience over all Internet connections, multiple access technologies and various device platforms, both laptops and handhelds. Being avid smartphone users, the Finpro staff will also benefit from the wide range of mobile device support including Nokia S60, BlackBerry® smartphones, Windows Mobile 6, iPhone and iPod touch models.

Finpro staffers are currently using their 3G phones heavily, even when abroad, which has resulted in runaway costs. The main appeal of the iPass solution was that it could help the company to reduce these costs. Ease-of-use was another critical factor -- iPassConnect provides the same user experience regardless of location or network access type and irrespective of whether the connection is established from a laptop or handheld device.

"Finpro came to us with a very clear need to take back control of the spiraling data roaming costs that were impacting the company financially. A mobility solution that could enable them to more efficiently manage the workforce and cap expenses was essential," said René Hendrikse, VP EMEA, iPass.

"The financial repercussions of unmanaged data roaming charges forced us to review our mobility strategy, and iPass was always a clear front runner. We were impressed not only by the Mobile Office service, but also by its global reputation as the best in the mobility management field," said Jarmo Jonninen, IT manager at Finpro. "iPass has not only ensured that our staff can stay connected and productive when they travel worldwide, but it has also relieved the pressure on our mobility budgets by controlling connectivity and roaming costs."

The iPass deployment was initiated this summer and will be made available to the global Finpro workforce.

About iPass Inc.

iPass helps enterprises and individuals unify the management of remote and mobile connectivity. With iPass software and services, enterprise customers can create easy-to-use wireless and broadband solutions for their mobile workers, home offices, and branch and retail locations, complete with web-based management, security validation, and unified billing. Mobile Individuals get global business-class connectivity in a simple and affordable package. iPass offerings are powered by its leading global virtual network, award-winning mobility manager software, and in-the-cloud platform. The iPass global virtual network unifies hundreds of wireless, broadband and dial-up providers in over 175 countries. Hundreds of Global 2000 companies rely on iPass services, including Ford, Nokia, and Proctor and Gamble. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.iPass.com.

iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. iPassConnect™ and iPass Mobile Office™ are trademarks of iPass Inc. BlackBerry® is the exclusive property and trademark of Research In Motion Limited. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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About Finpro

Finpro is a global expert network established by Finnish companies to promote the growth and competitiveness of Finnish enterprise through internationalization. Finpro's expertise is based on a genuine understanding of the customer's business, operating environments and practices in the target markets, maintained through a network of more than 200 experts located in over 40 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. As experts in internationalization, Finpro can offer services for all phases and areas of the business cycle from initiation, expansion, to strengthening.

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