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iPass Releases Global Enterprise Wi-Fi BlackBerry Smartphone Client

iPass supports the leading smartphones used by large enterprises

iPass Inc. has launched a global enterprise Wi-Fi® client for the popular BlackBerry® platform. With the addition of the iPassConnect Client for BlackBerry, iPass supports the leading smartphones used by large enterprises – including the iPhone, and Windows Mobile- and Symbian-based smartphones. Now iPass Mobile Office corporate customers—many with large departments using Wi-Fi enabled devices—can provide their employees with access to nearly 140,000 hotspots in 83 countries.

“Many employees at Bechtle are eager to leverage their BlackBerry smartphones for business applications,” said Markus Jung, head of mobile solutions at German-based Bechtle. “Now that iPass is offering support for BlackBerry smartphones, we can satisfy their desire for Wi-Fi connectivity. iPass Mobile Office is a key component of our enterprise mobility strategy. It makes our employees more productive as they work remotely and gives our IT department a powerful management tool that ultimately saves them time and money.”

BlackBerry smartphone devices have evolved to become the market leader in next-generation business productivity tools. Despite 3G connectivity on many devices, the advanced applications currently in use from vendors such as Oracle, Siebel, Salesforce.com and Microsoft demand the wider bandwidth associated with Wi-Fi for fuller functionality and greater usability. iPassConnect for BlackBerry smartphones allows users to remain truly productive when away from the office. With access to the world’s largest Wi-Fi hotspot network, enterprises can bridge the 3G performance gap while avoiding expensive roaming charges and taking advantage of predictable and transparent monthly mobility costs.

“Independent research conducted with 300 Belgian companies showed that while laptops remain the most used device for Internet access abroad, BlackBerry ranked top in the smartphone category with 59 percent,” said Steven Van den Neucker, Director Mobile Telenet Solutions. “Now that iPass is offering support for BlackBerry smartphones, we can satisfy this demand and provide a global Wi-Fi connectivity service for these users. Now, more than ever, iPass Mobile Office offers employees a perfect solution for mobile working.”

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