Microsoft and iPass singed an agreement to offer global Wi-Fi connectivity to users of certain Microsoft products and services.
With this agreement, the Microsoft customers will have access to more than 18 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world while travelling, including airplanes, airports, hotels and other public areas.
“In this mobile era, connectivity is integral to the success of an agile business. By bringing together the iPass network with our products and services, we help our customers be even more productive by offering an integrated, friction free Wi-Fi experience when they are travelling,” said Dayne Sampsom, corporate vice president, Microsoft.
Earlier, users have to register and remember credential for different Wi-Fi network across the world but now Microsoft customers will be able to use their existing Microsoft service credentials to automatically gain access to iPass global Wi-Fi network without providing credit card information to unknown Wi-Fi providers in remote locations.
Vertu, a manufacturer and retailer of handmade mobile phones, has already signed deal with iPass to automatic access to the iPass network of 15 million hotspots, including access on many Wi-Fi equipped airplanes.
iPass in January 2015 announced that it is providing Melita, with access to its global Wi-Fi network. Through partnering with iPass, Melita is offering its Melita Wi-Fi Travel service to existing and new Melita mobile prepaid or pay monthly customers, providing them with access to 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots located in airports, airplanes, hotels and public areas worldwide.
The service aims to help customers stay connected on their smartphones and tablet devices, without incurring the expensive roaming fees charged by other operators.