SOURCE: Tricopian, LLC

Tricopian, LLC

September 15, 2015 08:10 ET

Swiss Telecom Operator Salt Provides FuelRod™ Mobile Phone Chargers to Customers

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2015) - Tricopian, a San Diego, California-based maker of the innovative FuelRod mobile device charger, today announced an agreement with Swiss mobile provider Salt, to supply FuelRod mobile phone and tablet chargers to its Swiss customers. FuelRods, branded under the Salt name, are available to customers at 85 Salt stores throughout Switzerland. The rechargeable FuelRods are small portable chargers that provide up to eight hours of talk time for an Apple or Android smartphone or nearly four hours of usage for a tablet. When power is depleted, the FuelRods can be exchanged free of charge at FuelRod SwapBox self-serve kiosks for a fresh, fully fueled, ready-to-use charger. Salt has already deployed 20 FuelRod SwapBox kiosks in its flagship stores and will soon equip 43 additional stores.

"We're very pleased with our distribution and branding partnership with Salt," said Chi Yau, CEO of Tricopian. "Salt customers are used to innovative personal communications tools and simplicity, so it is exciting for us to provide our FuelRod mobile chargers as a modern solution for the Swiss on-the-go lifestyle. We expect this will be the first of many such agreements with national and global telecom providers."

Each FuelRod is equipped with a starter kit, including connectors for Android and Apple-based devices. FuelRod by Salt is available for sale on Salt's web site as well as in its Swiss retail outlets. Once used, the FuelRod can be recharged using a standard USB cord in any electrical outlet or exchanged at FuelRod SwapBox self-serve kiosks located throughout Switzerland as well as in the Salt stores -- at no additional cost. FuelRod SwapBox's are also located in the Geneva Airport, Palexpo convention center and Basel EuroAirport.

"We're proud to offer FuelRod by Salt to our mobile customers," said Oscar Furrer, Director Business Development of Salt. "The FuelRod concept with the SwapBox has been central to Salt's new ambition to provide our customers a more mobile life. FuelRod is part of our Gadgets by Salt product line and is part of the top two best performing products. After just eight weeks of commercial activity, we can clearly see that stores having a SwapBox are selling more FuelRod's than stores that are not yet equipped. Store managers are therefore eager to get a SwapBox."

"Our FuelRods supply power just as quickly as a wall outlet and keep people from being tethered to outlets while making recycling and recharging easy. Our portable charging technology means Salt customers throughout Switzerland will never again have to worry about running out of power on their mobile phone or tablet wherever they go," noted Yau.

Salt, previously known as Orange, has grown to provide wireless communications services to 2.16 million customers in a country of slightly more than eight million people.

In addition to the Geneva and Basel locations and select U.S. airports and conventions centers, mobile device users can purchase FuelRods online at www.fuel-rod.com. FuelRod can also be found on Twitter @FuelRodPower, on Facebook at FuelRodPower and on LinkedIn.

About Tricopian, LLC
San Diego, California based Tricopian LLC develops efficient and environmentally conscious solutions that provide power for portable battery-operated devices. Founded in 2010, the company offers battery solutions servicing a wide range of product applications from cell phones and tablets, to flashlights and remote control toys. FuelRod™ is designed and manufactured by Tricopian LLC as an innovative portable charging program that keeps batteries out of landfills to support a cleaner more productive planet. For more information visit: www.fuel-rod.com.

About Salt Mobile SA
Salt Mobile SA offers all the essentials for an even more mobile lifestyle. The Salt mobile network is "very good" according to "connect," and only Salt offers the best call and data connections in trains (Heft 01/2015). Salt customers always enjoy the fastest Internet connection, including 4G+ with up to 300 mbit/s without additional costs. With Pass, Salt offers the easiest subscription in Switzerland. The Salt Packs feature everything that you need for an even more mobile life -- for the best price. And only Salt has a 6 Weeks Return Guarantee. Salt is personal, straightforward, sincere, refreshing and efficient. Salt Mobile SA in figures as of 31 December 2014: Total sales CHF 1,316 million -- 2,166,000 million customers -- 893 employees (equivalent full time positions) -- more than 80 Salt Stores -- 4G coverage for 92% of the Swiss population.

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