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WeFi Joins Forces With Trustive To Offer Users Premium Expansion of Wi-Fi Network in Europe

WeFi Joins Forces With Trustive To Offer Users Premium Expansion of Wi-Fi Network in Europe


“WeFi Premium Access – Powered By Trustive” will provide WeFi users with access to over 90,000 premium Wi-Fi hotspots in 65+ countries worldwide.


Delaware, USA, September 14, 2009: WeFi Inc. (www.wefi.com), creator of the first open, community-based global Wi-Fi network, and Trustive Ltd. (www.trustive.com), a leading international Wi-Fi hotspot provider and No 1 in Europe, announced today that they have signed an agreement of cooperation in order to give WeFi users access to, Trustive’s global network of 90,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. According to the agreement, Trustive’s Wi-Fi hotspot network will be available to users of WeFi’s software as part of a premium service called “WeFi Premium Access – Powered By Trustive”, which will be launched before the end of this year. Trustive’s hotspots – spread across 65 countries with the main concentration being more

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Mobile access to millions of Wi-Fi access points worldwide with WeFi add-on for fring™

Mobile access to millions of Wi-Fi access points worldwide with WeFi add-on for fring™


Users can easily locate and access open Wi-Fi hotspots in a network of 20 million access points using the WeFi add-on from fring-enabled mobile devices


Delaware, USA and London, UK – April 20, 2009: WeFi Inc. (www.wefi.com), creator of the first open community-based global Wi-Fi network, and fring™ (www.fring.com), a leading mobile Internet community and communication service, today launched the WeFi add-on for fring that gives users mobile access to the largest database of 20 million Wi-Fi access points worldwide, which grows by over 1 million month by month.


The new WeFi add-on for fring provides users with easy and free access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots from their mobile devices. The alpha test of this service has been particularly popular with business and pleasure travelers who easily find Wi-Fi connections from their mobile device, saving valuable time looking for somewhere to logon, and providing affordable Internet access both locally and while roaming internationally.


“fring is a natural partner for WeFi helping to realize the full benefit of mobile Wi-Fi access,” said Zur Feldman, CEO of WeFi, “Our current users and the millions of new users we will reach via fring will enjoy easy and free access to hotspots without having to manually insert their location, and will be able to use this free internet for interacting with friends and data-hungry services such as streaming music, among other mobile internet experiences that fring facilitates


Avi Shechter, CEO of fring added “WeFi is an exciting new addition to our selection of fring add-ons because easily locating and accessing hotspots around the world makes our mobile internet experiences even more compelling for many users who prefer Wi-Fi quality and cost benefits. This is the kind of value we envisioned when we opened the fring API for developers to create their own mobile experiences, integrated into fring.”


The WeFi add-on currently works on hundreds of Symbian and Windows Mobile devices with the latest version of fring which can be downloaded or upgraded from www.fring.com/download/ . A full list of supported handsets is available at www.fring.com/download/default_PC.asp . To locate and access millions of hotspots from these mobile devices, users simply select the WeFi add-on from the add-ons tab within fring. Users can locate their Wi-Fi hotspot location automatically using their handset’s GPS capability, or manually by typing in any address worldwide.


Developers can start creating their own add-ons today by using fring’s developers site - https://developers.fring.com/ - where they’ll find the fring API documentation, code samples and open source add-ons (twitter and last.fm) which they can use to leverage their current web expertise (e.g. PHP, .NET, Java) to create their own mobile internet applications using the same tools they’d use to create any web application.


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About WeFi Inc.


WeFi Inc. is the creator of the world’s first global open Wi-Fi network. Leveraging the power of Wi-Fi, WeFi brings free wireless Internet communications to everyone, everywhere with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the best Wi-Fi access points around. WeFi is driven by a social network, whose members benefit from a free, fun and interactive experience, while helping to build a truly seamless global Wi-Fi network by mapping open access points in any given location worldwide. Established in February 2006, WeFi Inc. is backed by leading VC companies Lightspeed, Pitango and Gemini Ventures. The company is incorporated in Delaware, U.S. with R&D facilities in Israel. WeFi was awarded the Forum Nokia “Application of the Year – EMEA” award for 2008. For additional information on WeFi, please visit: www.wefi.com.


About fring™


fring™ is an award-winning mobile internet community and communication service that allows friends to connect, share experiences and enhance their communities together from their mobile device. They do this using a combination of proprietary fring™ utilities and the Internet’s most popular social and community applications including Skype®, Facebook®, MSN® Messenger, GoogleTalk TM, Twitter, Yahoo!TM, AIM®, ICQ®, Orkut®). fring™ is 100% free with no subscription costs; consumers simply pay for the data they use under their existing mobile operator agreement. fring™ is completely PC independent, it requires no additional hardware, has no geographical or location limitations and operates on any available mobile Internet connection: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE & WiMAX. fring™ was launched in January 2007 and has experienced phenomenal global adoption, with millions of users now enjoying the fring™ experience in more than 200 countries worldwide, and approximately 500,000 new fringsters joining the fring™ community each month. fring™ operates on Symbian Series 60 devices, Samsung S60, Sony Ericsson UIQ Smartphones, Windows Mobile, iPhone, J2ME, Linux Mobile & Intel’s Moblin devices, which currently represent more than 1,000 mobile handsets (the full list is available at http://www.fring.com website).


For more information please contact:


WeFi


Jason Silberman at Koteret Public Relations.


Email: jason_s@koteret.com or Tel: +972-54-5359955.


fring™


Gil Regev, Marcom Specialist at fring™:

gilr@fring,com - Tel +972 54 268 7906

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WeFi Launches Comprehensive Directory of Wi-Fi Hotspots

WeFi Launches Comprehensive Directory of Wi-Fi Hotspots


Directory Includes over One-Million Mapped Wi-Fi Hotspots Across The World


Delaware, USA, January 20, 2009: WeFi Inc., creator of the first open, community-based global Wi-Fi network, announced today the launch of a free, comprehensive online directory of Wi-Fi hotspots. The one-of-a-kind directory, available at the WeFi website (www.wefi.com) or in the United States by dialing 4WEFI on a mobile phone, allows people to locate the closest Wi-Fi connection to them and includes over one million mapped Wi-Fi hotspots - with the exact address and location details listed. The directory features known hotspots around the world, with the largest concentration of access points in major American cities including Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Dallas and Houston. Additional hotspots are continually added by the WeFi community of users.


Users can either locate nearby access points via the WeFi website, or, alternatively, U.S. mobile phone users can send an SMS with their current location to 4WEFI (49334) and will receive a listing of the nearest Wi-Fi access points sent to their mobile phone within minutes.


WeFi’s hotspot directory aggregates all known Wi-Fi hotspots, and is not limited to those mapped out by individual businesses or service providers. It is user-generated – users can add a newly recognized hotspot to the directory by downloading the free software from the WeFi website, and either manually typing in the details of the site’s location, or if their computer or mobile phone has a GPS device installed, a new hotspot can be located automatically. The more hotspots added, the larger the overall universal Wi-Fi network becomes.


WeFi helps people find free Wi-Fi communication around the world with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the fastest Wi-Fi hotspot around. As a leading social networking tool, users can locate their friends on the WeFi map of Wi-Fi access points – in real-time, anywhere and everywhere around the world through their Wi-Fi connection. Existing WeFi laptop users are equipped with instant messaging tools and additional community features, to help them communicate with their friends.


“WeFi is constantly looking for new ways to increase Wi-Fi availability for everyone,” said Zur Feldman, CEO of WeFi. “Using our new hotspot directory, people can easily find a connection, wherever they are or want to go. The current launch is yet more proof that WeFi is at the forefront of bringing Wi-Fi connectivity to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. ”


WeFi will be exhibiting at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2009 in February in Barcelona. The company will be located at the IMA Pavilion, Hall 4, Level 1. Please contact Jason Silberman at Jason_s@koteret.com to schedule a meeting.


About WeFi Inc.


WeFi Inc. is the creator of the world’s first open and free global Wi-Fi network. Leveraging the power of Wi-Fi, WeFi brings free wireless Internet communications to everyone, everywhere with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the fastest Wi-Fi hotspot around. WeFi is a social network, whose members benefit from a free, fun and interactive experience, while helping to build a truly seamless global Wi-Fi network by mapping open access points in any given location worldwide. Established in February 2006, WeFi Inc. is backed by leading VC companies Lightspeed, Pitango and Gemini Ventures. The company is incorporated in Delaware, U.S. with R&D facilities in Israel. For additional information on WeFi, please visit: www.wefi.com.


Media Contact

Jason Silberman at Koteret Public Relations: Email: Jason_s@koteret.com or Tel: +972-54 535 9955.

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WEFI S60 SOFTWARE SELECTED AS 2008 FORUM NOKIA EMEA APPLICATION OF THE YEAR

The WeFi S60 software application from Tel Aviv-based WeFi Inc. has been voted by the audience at the Forum Nokia Innovation event in Barcelona on December 1st as the 2008 Forum Nokia Europe, Middle East and Africa Application of the Year. WeFi competed in the event among applications from 10 carefully pre-selected, advanced developer companies from different parts of Europe, Middle East and Africa.


WeFi is an application and service enhancing the Wireless Network user experience with Mobile and portable devices. It provides a high performance, open global broadband virtual wireless network by combining a community-generated database, a smart connection manager and a dynamic Access Point/Hotspot directory.


WeFi is helping make mobile Internet connections faster and easier-to-use for S60 based devices. After downloading and installing the software from WeFi’s website, www.wefi.com, when asked to choose an access point, users can simply select “Automatic – WeFi”, and WeFi will connect their device to the best connection. Users can connect to a growing list of more than 10 million Wi-Fi access points across 215 countries and territories.


“We are truly honored by this recognition,” said Uri Neeman, WeFi’s Vice President of Business Development. “WeFi has always valued innovation, quality of service, and flexibility in our service. To be recognized by Nokia at such a high level is further testament that WeFi continues to grow stronger as a leader in the wireless industry.”


WeFi CEO Zur Feldman added, “This is a great way to end what had been a fantastic 2008 for WeFi. We trust that in 2009, WeFi will continue to put open Wi-Fi on the map, literally, for millions of users around the world.”


“Nokia is proud to recognize outstanding developers from Europe, Middle East and Africa as participants in our 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation event. Forum Nokia is dedicated to provide the technical and business support services for innovators like WeFi and is excited to continue putting applications like this in front of consumers,” said Seppo Oksa, Director, Forum Nokia EMEA. “WeFi is a great example of an innovative solution utilizing Nokia platforms and the power of the community to enhance mobile end user experience.”


About WeFi


Founded in 2006, WeFi Inc. is the creator of the world’s first open and free global Wi-Fi network. Leveraging the power of Wi-Fi, WeFi brings free wireless Internet communications to everyone, everywhere with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the fastest Wi-Fi hotspot around. WeFi is a social network, whose members benefit from a free, fun and interactive experience, while helping to build a truly seamless global Wi-Fi network by mapping open access points in any given location worldwide. Established in February 2006, WeFi Inc. is backed by leading VC companies Lightspeed, Pitango and Gemini Ventures. The company is incorporated in Delaware, U.S. with R&D facilities in Israel. For additional information on WeFi, contact Uri Neeman at WeFi: uri@wefi.com, +972 37699406 or visit www.wefi.com.


For more about WeFi:


Caroline Cohen or Jason Silberman at Koteret Public Relations:

Email: caroline_c@koteret.com or Tel: +972-3-5755778-ext.113

Email: jason_s@koteret.com or Tel: +972-3-5755778-ext.109

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WeFi Reaches Ten Million Wi-Fi Access Points

WeFi Reaches Ten Million Wi-Fi Access Points


WeFi’s Users – Over One Million Who Are Active in 215 Countries and Territories – Contribute to the Largest Global Map of Wi-Fi Access Points


Delaware, USA, November 24, 2008: WeFi Inc. (www.wefi.com), creator of the first open, community-based global Wi-Fi network, announced today that it has reached a milestone of ten million discovered Wi-Fi access points which have been recognized and classified by WeFi. As a further testament to the company’s rapid growth, WeFi also announced that it has passed one million users, spread over 215 countries and territories worldwide. These users contribute to what is the largest virtual global Wi-Fi network, and the largest worldwide map of Wi-Fi access points available today.


Since the company was founded, the phenomenal growth is indicative of the surge in open Wi-Fi use worldwide, as well as the widespread social networking phenomenon. Spread through WeFi’s consistently growing user community, new Wi-Fi access points have been added by the WeFi software on members’ devices at an increasingly growing rate. As the network is user-generated, the more users, the more access points discovered and added to the network.


WeFi brings open Wi-Fi communication to everyone and everywhere with free, easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the best Wi-Fi hotspot around. With versions available for PC, Symbian, and Windows Mobile, WeFi is leveraging the fact the more mobile devices are Wi-Fi compatible, to further expand the global network of Wi-Fi access points. In addition to collecting gaining access to hotspots by simply downloading the WeFi software, members of the WeFi community are invited to map and rank open hotspots in any given location around the world, forming an aggregate picture of all the available Wi-Fi connections.


WeFi has also proved itself to be at the head the global social networking trend, as the first of its kind in enabling real-time location sharing with your friends, anywhere and everywhere around the world through their Wi-Fi connection. Users can locate each other on the WeFi global map and send messages, share content and much more. Users can also be updated on a fellow user’s location via WeFi’s applications with popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.


“Hitting the ten-million hotspot mark is an accomplishment we’re extremely proud of,” said Zur Feldman, CEO of WeFi. “Our rapidly growing groups of users, located all across the world, are building a global community that is for the people, by the people, WeFi has been successful in being able to give our users the ability to add hotspots themselves and to share them with others. WeFi stands strong as the leader of this phenomenon and will continue to work toward our vision of creating a seamless network aggregating all Wi-Fi access points worldwide.”


About WeFi Inc.


WeFi Inc. is the creator of the world’s first open and free global Wi-Fi network. Leveraging the power of Wi-Fi, WeFi brings free wireless Internet communications to everyone, everywhere with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the fastest Wi-Fi hotspot around. WeFi is a social network, whose members benefit from a free, fun and interactive experience, while helping to build a truly seamless global Wi-Fi network by mapping open access points in any given location worldwide. Established in February 2006, WeFi Inc. is backed by leading VC companies Lightspeed, Pitango and Gemini Ventures. The company is incorporated in Delaware, U.S. with R&D facilities in Israel. For additional information on WeFi, please visit: www.wefi.com.


Media Contact

Jason Silberman at Koteret Public Relations: Email: Jason_s@koteret.com or Tel: +972-3-5755778 ext 109.

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