iPass Offers Gogo Inflight Internet as Part of New Premium Wi-Fi Service for Mobile Employees
Gogo Inflight Internet now available to iPass customers who want their mobile workers to remain productive in the air
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. — April 21, 2010 — iPass® Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leader in enterprise mobility services, today announced the immediate availability of a new premium inflight Wi-Fi subscription service for its iPass Mobile Network customers. The new service will enable mobile employees to capture lost productivity when they travel via commercial airlines. As part of the new service, mobile employees at iPass customers will be able to use Gogo® Inflight Internet on more than 825 commercial aircraft with their iPass service. Gogo is currently available on all AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights and on select American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, United Airlines and Air Canada flights. iPass expects to add additional inflight Wi-Fi services to its network offering throughout 2010.
Mobile employees can access the new premium inflight connectivity service simply, securely and seamlessly in the same way that they access the iPass Mobile Network today – without setting-up an additional account, entering credit card information or filling out an expense report. Enterprises are able to enforce VPN and endpoint security policies, generate detailed reports on mobile usage, and receive one consolidated bill for all services used.
“For Sabre it is important for us to ensure that our employees have access, when and where they need it, whether at home, in the office or at 30,000 feet,” said Michal Stewart, corporate travel manager at Sabre. “As exciting as inflight Wi-Fi is, it can frequently become an administrative burden for managing a mobile workforce. By bringing Gogo Inflight Internet to the iPass Mobile Network, we can keep tabs on inflight mobility costs and maintain real-time security and policy enforcement at the point of connection.”
As part of the roll-out of the new service, iPass surveyed mobile employees who rely on the iPass Mobile Network service for their connectivity needs, and received more than 2,400 responses. The survey uncovered a resounding demand for inflight Wi-Fi with 63 percent saying it was critical for meeting business needs, especially on flights over one hour. A whopping 87 percent said they would use it if it was part of the iPass Mobile Network service. The full survey results are available at www.ipass.com/mobile-resources-all-surveys/.
“The age of inflight Internet connectivity is here and is a huge productivity win for business travelers who need to stay connected and work securely online while in the air,” said Evan Kaplan, president and CEO of iPass. “Airplanes have been the last bastion of mobile worker downtime and iPass and Gogo Inflight Internet provider Aircell are here to close this gap in a way that meets the simplicity, visibility and control requirements of the enterprise.”
“With Gogo being offered on more than 3,000 daily flights, we continue to see an overwhelmingly positive response from frequent business travelers,” said Michael Small, Aircell’s president and CEO. “By partnering with iPass, we can now bring inflight connectivity to more than 3,500 enterprise customers without requiring the enterprises to change their infrastructure or disrupting the mobile worker’s connectivity experience.”
Pricing and Availability
Gogo Inflight Internet is available immediately to iPass Mobile Network customers choosing to subscribe to the new premium inflight Wi-Fi service. Customers will be charged on a flat rate basis per user, per flight. This price varies based on the length of the flight. There are currently three tiers of flight length: $4.95 for less than 1.5 hours, $9.95 for 1.5 to three hours; and $12.95 for more than three hours. Additional information on the new premium services is available at www.ipass.com/ipass-users/inflight-internet/.
Aircell® is the world’s leading provider of airborne communications. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colo., and Itasca, Ill. Aircell’s vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight®. For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo®, powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For more information about Gogo, please visit www.gogoinflight.com. You can also follow ‘gogoInflight’ on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gogoinflight) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/gogoinflight).
About iPass Inc.
Founded in 1996 iPass (NASDAQ:IPAS) is a leading provider of enterprise mobility services with over 3,500 customers, including more than 370 of the Forbes Global 2000. The company’s mission is to be the voice of the enterprise in the market for mobility services by providing solutions that simply, smartly and openly facilitate access from any device on any network, while providing the visibility and control necessary to contain spiraling mobility costs, maximize mobile user productivity and maintain security in a world where consumers drive enterprise IT. For more information, visit www.iPass.com or follow iPass on Twitter at www.twitter.com/iPass.
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