Welcome!

Mobile IoT Authors: Peter Silva, SmartBear Blog, Anders Påls, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

Globalgig Launched Today - Simple Device Signals a Revolutionary End to Excessive Data Roaming Charges

LONDON, SYDNEY and NEW YORK, November 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Globalgig, powered by Voiamo, brings carrier grade mobile internet access to business travellers' smartphones, laptops and tablets in the UK, US and Australia. At unmatched prices, it replaces the need for roaming. Traveller data bundles are available in Gigabytes, not Megabytes, to satisfy real and increasing usage needs.

Voiamo today launches Globalgig, a carrier grade mobile broadband solution that slashes data prices, finally making available internet usage at a realistic price for travellers and businesses.

Launched today in the UK, US and Australia, the company plans to expand the service to key Asian, European Union markets, and other large global travel hubs over the next 12 months*. The simple-to-use Globalgig service removes the need to pay for expensive roaming charges and brings a definitive end to huge data bills for travelling business people.

Priced in useful monthly bundles of 1GB (Gigabyte) for £15.00, 3GB for £25.00 and 5GB for £35.00, Globalgig satisfies the data needs of internet users. The Globalgig 'Hotspot'* device can be bought for £79.00 (inc.VAT) from the Globalgig store online at http://www.globalgig.com and will shortly be available from http://www.amazon.co.uk.

Users sign up for a monthly rolling contract and can easily connect the personal and portable Hotspot device to their smartphones, laptops and tablets. There is no long-term contract, there are no hidden charges, and when users wish to upgrade, downgrade or terminate, they simply need to provide notice*.The service will then be changed or cancelled at the end of their billing cycle.

In order to provide a fast, sustainable and secure service in each country, Voiamo has partnered with Three, (part of the Hutchison Whampoa group) in the UK.  In the USA wireless services are provided on the Nationwide Sprint Network*.

In Australia Voiamo are partnered with Optus (part of the Singapore Telecom Group).

On 1 July 2012, the European Union placed a cap on retail roaming charges within its member states of 70¢ per megabyte, or approximately £717 per Gigabyte, not including any local sales tax, whereas the rest of the world has no global regulation, governance or plans to cap charges even at this level. This means business people and their companies are frequently faced with data access charges of hundreds of pounds from only a few days abroad. Worse still, hotels and public places with WiFi access are usually costly, patchy, slow and offer limited security for sensitive business data.

"It's time to bring an end to the rip-off data bills that business people face upon their return from travelling abroad on business trips, and to offer them a simple out-of-the-box solution." said Nigel Bramwell, Chief Executive Officer at Voiamo, the company behind Globalgig.

Bramwell added: "Our simple Globalgig service brings people fast, secure, carrier-grade internet access through local mobile networks - enabling them to use videoconferencing, to surf the internet as they would ordinarily, and to email and receive large attachments, all with the assurance that they will get this reliably and securely at an affordable price."

Globalgig, created and powered by fast-moving telecoms firm Voiamo, operates using a simple, small 'Hotspot' device that automatically logs into a local data network in each market and feeds internet access to users' smartphones, tablets and laptops, thereby creating their own personal and portable 'WiFi', or 'hotspot'. Globalgig customers can achieve fast internet speeds of up to 7.2 megabytes per second over local 3G networks, by simply placing the device in the room, or in their bag or jacket - and then accessing the internet as normal.

"Sometimes conscientious travellers try to avoid roaming charges by purchasing local SIM cards when they reach their destination, in order to access data on their phones," says Bramwell. "Globalgig enables them to keep their SIM card in the phone and remain in full contact with their customers, colleagues and suppliers, while at the same time having high speed internet access. It's as effective for their phone as for their laptop or tablet."

"Globalgig is a game-changing service and it has been developed to directly address the needs of business people and their companies. In the current economic climate business people do not want to be spending hundreds of pounds accessing online services," said Bramwell. "By cutting out roaming altogether we are providing people with a carrier-grade,

secure and fast service at a clear and honest price that is competitive to the domestic tariffs and crucially allows you to take it abroad at no extra cost."

There are also plans to launch a voice service during 2013 that offers a service enabling users to subscribe to foreign mobile numbers as part of their contract with the added benefit of cutting out the roaming charges.

Imagery

Please click  this link to download imagery: http://tinyurl.com/apoujc5

About Voiamo

Voiamo Group was formed in September 2007.  Since its formation Voiamo has created the Globalgig product and secured all relevant agreements with UK, US and Australian network operators.

The company was founded by its Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Bramwell, who has 27 years experience in the mobile telephone industry, and its key executives also all have a long track record of success in the telecoms industry. It is well funded for launching the product widely and for its continued success - and has a strong group of investors, many of whom have a major interest in telecoms. Voiamo is not VC funded.

Voiamo's partners - Mobile Network Operators

In the UK Voiamo is partnered with Three, part of the Hutchison Whampoa group. Three are the UK's fastest growing mobile network according to Ofcom's annual Communications Market Report and it has been rated the UK's number 1 network for coverage, reliability and quality for the 7th time in the latest YouGov Poll as well as number 1 network for the iPhone.

Voiamo's mobile network services in the US are provided on the Nationwide Sprint® Network. Sprint (a trademark of Sprint Nextel) has been ranked number 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, over the last four years by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Although Sprint provides Voiamo subscribers access to its wireless network and to its wireless services, Voiamo is responsible to the Voiamo subscribers for the service.  Please call Voiamo with any questions or comments about services.

Optus is Voiamo's Australian partner and is part of the Singapore Telecom group, one of Asia's largest mobile operators.  In 2012 it won three major ACOMM Industry Awards.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. Globalgig is not a data roaming product. Instead of routing data through local networks and then back through the user's home country network, incurring huge charges, Globalgig keeps traffic within local networks (Sprint in the US, Three in the UK, and Optus in Australia) and provides fast, secure, affordable internet access.
  2. The Globalgig 'Hotspot' is the device that connects the users smart phone, laptop and tablet to the local operator's network and also switched automatically across these networks when the user arrives in a different territory.
  3. 'Hotspot' is the secure personal and portable version of "WiFi".   The main advantages of using this are in:
    1.  the portability of 'hotspot', as it goes with you and works wherever there is a mobile signal, and
    2. in that the data transmitted is secure to the user who sets the encrypted access password, unlike a public WiFi where the bandwidth is shared across any number of people and is not always secure.
  4. The launch on 29 November 2012, is backed by a major PR, promotional and social media campaign across international, local and specialist print, TV and radio outlets. Its ongoing success will be supported by advertising, promotions and media activity across those outlets.
  5. Data bundles are available in 1GB (gigabyte), 3GB and 5GB, for £15.00, £25.00 or £35.00 respectively per month. When users are at 50, 85 and 100 percent of their agreed data allowance Globalgig alerts them, to give them the opportunity to control their usage / spending or upgrade to a higher allowance if they wish.
  6. Globalgig bills customers on a monthly basis for usage. There is no long-term contract, there are no hidden charges, and when users wish to upgrade, downgrade or terminate, they simply need to provide notice, by email, up to 48 hours prior to the end of the customer's billing cycle. The service will then be changed or cancelled at that end of their billing cycle.
  7. The only hardware required is the Globalgig Hotspot device and SIM, available from the Globalgig store online at http://www.globalgig.com. It allows easy connection from users' smartphones, laptops and tablets - users simply switch on the Globalgig device and select it from the menu of available wireless networks on their smartphone, laptop or tablet.
  8. Up to five devices - smartphones, laptops or tablets - can be connected simultaneously at high speed to any single Globalgig device.
  9. The Globalgig service is available in the UK, US and Australia. Key EU territories and large travel hubs globally will be added over the coming months. Voiamo also plans to launch a voice service, offering cheap and convenient calls abroad on local networks.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Avere delivers a more modern architectural approach to storage that doesn’t require the overprovisioning of storage capacity to achieve performance, overspending on expensive storage media for inactive data or the overbuilding of data centers ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies adopt disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevO...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
Join us at Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo 2016 – June 7-9 at the Javits Center in New York City and November 1-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – and deliver your unique message in a way that is striking and unforgettable by taking advantage of SYS-CON's unmatched high-impact, result-driven event / media packages.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
SYS-CON Events announced today that iDevices®, the preeminent brand in the connected home industry, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. iDevices, the preeminent brand in the connected home industry, has a growing line of HomeKit-enabled products available at the largest retailers worldwide. Through the “Designed with iDevices” co-development program and its custom-built IoT Cloud Infrastruc...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,...
Fortunately, meaningful and tangible business cases for IoT are plentiful in a broad array of industries and vertical markets. These range from simple warranty cost reduction for capital intensive assets, to minimizing downtime for vital business tools, to creating feedback loops improving product design, to improving and enhancing enterprise customer experiences. All of these business cases, which will be briefly explored in this session, hinge on cost effectively extracting relevant data from ...
Companies can harness IoT and predictive analytics to sustain business continuity; predict and manage site performance during emergencies; minimize expensive reactive maintenance; and forecast equipment and maintenance budgets and expenditures. Providing cost-effective, uninterrupted service is challenging, particularly for organizations with geographically dispersed operations.
As enterprises work to take advantage of Big Data technologies, they frequently become distracted by product-level decisions. In most new Big Data builds this approach is completely counter-productive: it presupposes tools that may not be a fit for development teams, forces IT to take on the burden of evaluating and maintaining unfamiliar technology, and represents a major up-front expense. In his session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Warfield, CTO and Co-Founder of Coho Data, will dis...
The Quantified Economy represents the total global addressable market (TAM) for IoT that, according to a recent IDC report, will grow to an unprecedented $1.3 trillion by 2019. With this the third wave of the Internet-global proliferation of connected devices, appliances and sensors is poised to take off in 2016. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David McLauchlan, CEO and co-founder of Buddy Platform, will discuss how the ability to access and analyze the massive volume of streaming data from mil...
WebSocket is effectively a persistent and fat pipe that is compatible with a standard web infrastructure; a "TCP for the Web." If you think of WebSocket in this light, there are other more hugely interesting applications of WebSocket than just simply sending data to a browser. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Frank Greco, Director of Technology for Kaazing Corporation, will compare other modern web connectivity methods such as HTTP/2, HTTP Streaming, Server-Sent Events and new W3C event APIs ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that FalconStor Software® Inc., a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. FalconStor Software®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged, hardware-agnostic, software-defined storage and data services platform. Its flagship solution FreeStor®, utilizes a horizonta...
Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI) extended its Internet of Things technology platform with performance enhancements to Gen5 – its fifth generation critical infrastructure networking platform. Already delivering nearly 23 million devices on five continents as one of the leading networking providers in the market, Silver Spring announced it is doubling the maximum speed of its Gen5 network to up to 2.4 Mbps, increasing computational performance by 10x, supporting simultaneous mesh communic...
The cloud promises new levels of agility and cost-savings for Big Data, data warehousing and analytics. But it’s challenging to understand all the options – from IaaS and PaaS to newer services like HaaS (Hadoop as a Service) and BDaaS (Big Data as a Service). In her session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Hannah Smalltree, a director at Cazena, will provide an educational overview of emerging “as-a-service” options for Big Data in the cloud. This is critical background for IT and data profes...
Eighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent gathering and cleaning up data, and 80% of all data is unstructured and almost never analyzed. Cognitive computing, in combination with Big Data, is changing the equation by creating data reservoirs and using natural language processing to enable analysis of unstructured data sources. This is impacting every aspect of the analytics profession from how data is mined (and by whom) to how it is delivered. This is not some futuristic vision: it's ha...
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
One of the bewildering things about DevOps is integrating the massive toolchain including the dozens of new tools that seem to crop up every year. Part of DevOps is Continuous Delivery and having a complex toolchain can add additional integration and setup to your developer environment. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Miko Matsumura, Chief Marketing Officer of Gradle Inc., will discuss which tools to use in a developer stack, how to provision the toolchain to minimize onboa...