TravelSim, Guglielmo and Trustive, three of Europe’s leading operators, have signed a collaborative agreement to offer “truly transparent and automatic access” to both cellular and WiFi networks for all users traveling in Europe using any unlocked GSM device.
According to the official press release:
The object of this agreement envisages the distribution of a combined SIM card and of a free application,
Easy2Roam, for Android smartphones. The data stored on the SIM card will be used to provide immediate user authentication to both cellular and WiFi networks, thereby guaranteeing maximum speed of access, without the need to enter any password or perform any kind of manual sign up procedure.
This new “Full Access Europe Pass” service will be available from July 2013 via Trustive’s website (http://www.trustive.com), and is a fully prepaid 3G-powered service that will include free incoming calls and text messages from 135 countries and free calls for Skype users. Outgoing calls & outgoing text messages will be “priced aggressively” according to the agreement, but no official pricing has been revealed. In addition, free and unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity is also bundled in the plan and will be available at 10,000 hotspots located throughout Europe.
So how do you find these Wi-Fi hotspots? By using a free Android application called Easy2Roam, which will be powered by Guglielmo and includes a patented SIM-based user authentication system. Easy2Roam will be integrated with Google’s Maps technology and will enable users to select “friendly” Wi-Fi networks to automatically connect to, such as those at a residence or a commercial entity.