iPass SmartConnect™ to enable seamless, simple and secure Wi-Fi access
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., June 5, 2018 — iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of global mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi calling leader Republic Wireless today announced a new partnership. The deal provides Republic Wireless’ hundreds of thousands of customers access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots through iPass’ network nationwide.
By using the iPass SmartConnect™ Software Development Kit (SDK), Republic Wireless has integrated intelligent Wi-Fi connectivity into its mobile app. This will provide all Republic Wireless My Choice customers with a seamless connectivity experience, removing the need to re-enter usernames and passwords when connecting to different Wi-Fi hotspots. The service is available to Republic customers on the My Choice plan today through the Republic Wireless mobile app.
“We are always looking for new ways to give our members the best connectivity options possible, while packing greater value into their cell phone plans,” said Chris Chuang, chief executive officer of Republic Wireless. “We view this partnership as a way to further enhance our offering, and through offload, we will be able to further reduce our network costs—passing those savings on to our members to achieve one of the lowest per GB cellular data costs on the market. Members looking to expand their coverage and save cellular data through Wi-Fi will now be able to easily connect to Wi-Fi hotspots in cafés, hotels, airports and millions of other locations nationwide. As always, Republic Wireless technology will work seamlessly in the background, combining Wi-Fi and cellular data where possible to serve as backup for one another. This ensures calling, texting, and data is always working over the network that provides the best quality at any given time.”
“This partnership highlights how MVNOs can expand their services in a cost-effective manner using our SmartConnect SDK,” said Patricia Hume, COO at iPass. “We are delighted to be working with Republic Wireless to strengthen its customer Wi-Fi offering.”
About iPass, Inc.
iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, offering simple, secure, always-on Wi-Fi access on any mobile device. Built on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, the iPass cloud-based service keeps its customers connected by providing unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity on unlimited devices. iPass is the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, with more than 64 million hotspots around the globe, at airports, hotels, train stations, convention centers, outdoor venues, inflight, and more. Using patented technology, the iPass SmartConnect™ platform takes the guesswork out of Wi-Fi, automatically connecting customers to the best hotspot for their needs. Customers simply download the iPass SmartConnect app to experience unlimited, everywhere, and invisible Wi-Fi.
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.
About Republic Wireless
Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and recognized as an industry innovator and disruptor, Republic Wireless pioneered the concept of WiFi calling. Republic leverages the power of both WiFi and LTE cellular networks to offer both nationwide smartphone service as well as new screenless devices designed to help people simply and affordably connect. The company has been recognized as a top carrier choice by Consumer Reports; best basic plan by Money magazine and for excellence in customer service by PC Magazine.
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