January 27, 2015 09:00 ET

iPass Equips Luxury Smartphones With Complimentary Wi-Fi Access to Its Network of More Than 15 Million Hotspots Worldwide

Luxury Smartphone Manufacturer, Vertu, Adds Customer Value With Global Wi-Fi

REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 27, 2015) - iPass® Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi network, announced today that customers of Vertu, the world's foremost 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 service will be available on Vertu's latest smartphones, the Vertu Aster and Signature Touch. 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.

"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," said Evan Kaplan, President and Chief Executive Officer of iPass. "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."

"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," said Massimiliano Pogliani, Chief Executive Officer of Vertu.

Complimentary access to the iPass global Wi-Fi network is available on Vertu's latest smartphones, Aster and Signature Touch, for 6 and 12 months, respectively.

About iPass Inc.
iPass enables business travelers to stay connected by providing them with cost-effective and convenient global Wi-Fi access across smartphones, tablets and laptops. Founded in 1996, iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi network, covering over 120 countries and territories and selling to over 700 large corporations, telecom service providers and other strategic partners around the world. Through its cloud-based delivery model, iPass connects business travelers to over 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots in airports, airplanes, hotels and public areas. With the growing need for fast, high bandwidth connectivity, iPass lets business travelers stay close to what matters most while on the road including access to video, unified communications, web conferencing and other cloud based apps.

About Vertu:
Vertu aims to deliver the world's best luxury mobile phone experience for its customers by combining expert craftsmanship and peerless materials with innovative technology and unique services. Today, Vertu leads the market that it pioneered over a decade ago.

The Vertu range of mobile phones is made up of three distinct models -- Signature, Signature Touch and Aster. The Vertu Audio Collection comprises V Headphones (HP-1V) and V Speaker (SP-1V). Vertu mobile phones are handmade in England using the world's finest materials, with each one assembled by a single craftsman.

Vertu is renowned for its curated services; a suite of carefully selected exclusive offers, content and assistance especially selected to enhance the Vertu customer's lifestyle. At the heart of these services is Vertu CONCIERGE, offering luxury lifestyle assistance and enrichment. Vertu CONCIERGE is on-hand 24/7 to facilitate your every request. Vertu LIFE offers personalised recommendations and privileged access to experiences and events. Vertu CERTAINTY delivers security for customers, their data and their phones.

Vertu is available from around 500 stores, including 70 Vertu Boutiques, in 66 countries.

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iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.