REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 17, 2013) - iPass® Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), the global Wi-Fi roaming leader for enterprises and telecom service providers, announced today a revolutionary release to its iPass Open Mobile™ Wi-Fi client for iOS devices. The new version of the app (version 3.0) delivers a superior Wi-Fi connectivity experience for Open Mobile iOS users that streamlines the process for business travelers to easily connect to the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi hotspot network with over one million venues worldwide.
Major enhancements in version 3.0 of the iPass Open Mobile client for iOS include:
- Automatic background authentication: The iPass Network authentication is now performed automatically in the background after a Wi-Fi connection has been established by the iOS Wi-Fi connection manager. This new feature eliminates the need for users to manually interact with the native iOS Wi-Fi connection manager (via the iOS "Settings") in order to select, and then interact with the Open Mobile client to complete the authentication. Uniquely, this process is now done automatically in the background, allowing Open Mobile iOS users to more effortlessly and quickly connect to an iPass hotspot, using only the native iOS Wi-Fi connection manager.
- Enhanced network labeling: Qualified iPass networks are annotated in a small footnote below the SSID to inform users which SSIDs are part of the iPass network. This new enhanced network labeling allows users to make an informed decision on which SSID to connect to. This takes the guesswork out of knowing the difference between an iPass SSID and an open broadcast SSID, giving Open Mobile iOS users peace of mind with the ability to easily chose their known and trusted iPass network.
- Pop-up notification of iPass network availability: By integrating the iPass Open Mobile client with the iOS Notification Center (a banner at the top of the iOS screen), the Open Mobile iOS client automatically sends pop-up "iPass network available" notifications, alerting Open Mobile users to iPass networks available in that location. This proactive notification empowers users with the knowledge that they are in an iPass hotspot so they can take advantage of the cost-effective, fast iPass Wi-Fi connection vs. a slow and expensive 3G data connection, or an unknown and possibly unsafe public Wi-Fi network.
"The iPass Open Mobile client v3.0 for iOS represents a tremendous leap forward for Open Mobile users. It ensures a superior user connectivity experience that's more simplified and automated than previous versions of the Open Mobile iOS app," said Barbara Nelson, CTO, iPass. "The iPass networks now become easier to identify for Open Mobile iOS users who are looking for a trusted and known Wi-Fi connection wherever they travel. Our existing customers will enjoy a radically simplified Wi-Fi connectivity experience when using the iPass network; and new customers can take advantage of the seamless, high-performance Wi-Fi network that iPass has grown to more than 1 million hotspots in just the last few years."
The iPass Open Mobile client v3.0 for iOS is immediately available for free download from Apple's iTunes Store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipass-open-mobile-for-ios/id438965435?mt=8.
iPass Open Mobile enables organizations to provide mobile employees with seamless connectivity to the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi network of more than one million hotspots including in-flight Internet, hotels, airports and business venues around the world. Open Mobile provides a consistent user experience across smartphones, tablets and laptops while avoiding costly roaming charges and expensive Wi-Fi day passes. Organizations gain visibility into enterprise, group, individual and device mobility, and can easily control expenses, reduce the total cost of enterprise mobility and improve mobile workforce productivity. For more information please visit: www.ipass.com/solutions/.
About iPass Inc.
iPass helps enterprises and telecom service providers ensure their employees and subscribers stay well connected. Founded in 1996, iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) delivers the world's largest commercial-grade Wi-Fi network and trusted connectivity platform. With more than one million Wi-Fi hotspots across 113 countries and territories, iPass gives its customers always-on, frictionless connectivity for smartphones, tablets and laptops anywhere in the world -- simply, securely and cost-effectively. Additional information is available at www.iPass.com or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.
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