October 29, 2013 12:30 ET

Luxury Smartphones Look to Wi-Fi for Global Data Roaming

iPass and Vertu Announce Deal to Equip Luxury Smartphones With Global Wi-Fi Roaming Services Powered by iPass OMX

REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 29, 2013) - iPass® Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of mobility services for enterprises and telecom service providers, announced today that it will supply Vertu, the world's foremost manufacturer of luxury communications devices, with global Wi-Fi roaming services for its smartphones.

Vertu has three distinct models in its line up, Signature, VERTU Ti and Constellation. Every Vertu phone is handmade by a single craftsman at the company headquarters in Hampshire, England, using fine leathers, engineered titanium chassis and sapphire crystal screens.

"With iPass, Vertu phone owners now have access to an unlimited global data roaming service across the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi network, providing unlimited access to more than 1.4 million Wi-Fi venues across 130 countries and territories -- without any data caps or bandwidth throttling," said Evan Kaplan, president and chief executive officer of iPass. "A recent report by Informa Telecoms & Media revealed that approximately 75 percent of data on smartphones is transmitted across Wi-Fi networks -- up to three gigabytes per month. Wi-Fi roaming expands the connectivity options for travelers, providing convenient access to a consistent worldwide network, helping to maintain that level of connectivity."

"Vertu customers tend to be very global, traveling frequently for business and pleasure. The ability for them to connect effortlessly to a network of Wi-Fi venues is an invaluable asset," said Massimiliano Pogliani, chief executive officer of Vertu.

Global Wi-Fi roaming is available on a 12-month subscription with Vertu's new Constellation phone and includes unlimited use of the iPass global Wi-Fi network.

iPass Open Mobile Exchange (OMX) is the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi roaming and exchange platform for communication service providers. Through a single interface, iPass OMX connects more than 150 unique Wi-Fi networks representing over 1.4 million commercial Wi-Fi venues with certified WISPr interoperability across 130 countries and territories worldwide.

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 -- Vertu Ti, Signature and Constellation. 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. Vertu LIFE offers personalized recommendations and privileged access to experiences and events. Vertu certainty delivers security for customers, their data and their phones.

Vertu is available at approximately 500 stores, including 70 Vertu Boutiques in 66 countries.

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About iPass:
iPass helps enterprises and telecom service providers ensure their employees and subscribers stay well connected. Founded in 1996, iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) delivers the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi network and trusted connectivity platform, providing frictionless connectivity for smartphones, tablets and laptops anywhere in the world -- simply, securely and cost-effectively. Additional information is available at or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.

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