HP Inc has announced an agreement with mobile access provider iPass to provide free global access to WiFi hotspots covered by the iPass service for buyers of selected HP laptop and tablet PCs. The move could benefit mobile workers, especially those employed by smaller businesses.
The agreement extends an existing partnership between HP Inc and iPass that has been available to customers in Asia Pacific and Japan since 2014. The two firms have now extended the deal to HP Inc customers in the rest of the world.
Under the deal, customers who purchase selected HP laptops and other mobile devices with the iPass option can access millions of hotspots covered by the iPass global WiFi network for one, two or three years at no additional cost, HP Inc said.
"We've heard from our customers that, as they become increasingly mobile, they need affordable, seamless connectivity no matter where they are across the globe," said Michael Park, HP Inc's vice president and general manager for mobility.
"We are excited to continue our collaboration with iPass to bring its global WiFi network to our customers so they can keep doing amazing things and stay connected in more places."
The iPass service has offered global connectivity for travelling business users for many years. The firm has agreements with WiFi hotspot providers around the world that enable iPass SmartConnect subscribers to get connected using a single software client on the mobile device.
Customers purchasing systems with the iPass option just need to register and download the iPass app to receive all the benefits of iPass connectivity, including unlimited data access, according to HP.
The iPass offer must be activated within 12 months of purchasing the device, and customers will be required to purchase a subscription if they wish to continue to use the service beyond the one, two or three years of free WiFi access included with selected HP products. Customers must also abide by the iPass terms of service.
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