New Login Process

By now you would have noticed that Skyrove has a slightly different login process!

In the past, you would automatically see a Status Window, which would display your login status (time, MB left, etc) and also any errors. The problem with this was that it behaved differently on IE6 and Firefox than on IE7 and some people never even saw the status window! It also made it difficult for people using mobile browsers to know what was going on.

With the new Login page, we will first log you in and only if there are no errors, will you see the “Welcome Page” (with links to show the maps, buy more credits etc). Once you are on the Welcome Page, you can now click on “Show Status Window”, which will then open a popup showing your login status.

We realise this might not be the perfect solution for everyone, but we do hope that the consistency between different platforms will be of benefit to you. Please let us know what you think or if you have any ideas on how we can further improve Skyrove!

We’ll give a 100 free credits to the first 20 40 people to leave a constructive comment!

Best,

Henk – Skyrove CEO

UPDATE:We’re running a little poll about what should happen when you close the Status Window. Please vote below!

UPDATE 2:Thanks for the response! Because of your suggestions, we now show your credit balance & remaining MB in the Welcome Page as well.


Hotspot Reports Overhaul

If you’re a Skyrover running some hotspots, you recently would have noticed a revamped My Account page. You can view your uploads, downloads and earnings either per hotspot or for all your hotspots combined.
Skyrove Reports Screenshots

(Click on the picture to enlarge)

When you Mouse Over the red, yellow or green sections, it will show you uploads, downloads and earnings respectively. If you prefer seeing the numbers, simply click on ‘show table’ to get the same stats in table format.

What’s great about this is that you can now easily see if there were any problems with any of your hotspots at any time. In the example above, the hotspot was down for most of 25 & 26 February.

If you’d like to see how much money your hotspot made in a particular year, simply click on the year on the left hand side, and the graph will show a breakdown month by month, instead of day by day.

We’re sure you’ll like the new reporting tool a lot, but in case you prefer the old one, simply click on ‘Old Reports’.

Any feedback is welcome!

Skyrove partners with Gloria Jeans

Gloria Jeans
Established over 30 years ago, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has become a global Icon with stores in over 20 countries and has now identified South Africa as a growing market for their quality handmade coffee. Gloria Jean’s will bring their passion for coffee to South Africa in vibrant stores at prime locations all over the country.
For their South African stores, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has chosen Skyrove as a partner to provide wireless internet to their customers as a value added service. We are in the process of rolling-out the stores. Warren Schmidt, operations manager at Gloria Jean’s says: “The partnership with Skyrove is based on integrity and trust. Our vision is a commitment to excellence and innovation in everything we do and we have thus chosen a partner that shares that vision.“
To find a Gloria Jean’s store close to you visit http://www.gloriajeanscoffees.com.au/pages/content.asp?pid=116
To find Skyrove Hotspots in South Africa and worldwide visit map.skyrove.com

Gloria Jean’s Coffees partners with Skyrove

Gloria JeansEstablished over 30 years ago, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has become a global Icon with stores in over 20 countries and has now identified South Africa as a growing market for their quality handmade coffee.

Gloria Jean’s will bring their passion for coffee to South Africa in vibrant stores at prime locations all over the country. For their South African stores, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has chosen Skyrove as a partner to provide wireless internet to their customers as a value added service. We are in the process of rolling-out the stores.

Warren Schmidt, operations manager at Gloria Jean’s says: “The partnership with Skyrove is based on integrity and trust. Our vision is a commitment to excellence and innovation in everything we do and we have thus chosen a partner that shares that vision.“

To find a Gloria Jean’s store close to you click here. To find Skyrove Hotspots in South Africa and worldwide visit the Skyrove WiFi Hotspot Map

Online Users Now Viewable

Skyrovers (Hotspot Providers) can now view online users at their hotspots!

After logging into the Skyrove Account Manager, simply click the ‘Users’ button to see who is online at your hotspots right now!

Skyrove Online Users Screenshot

Dial-A-Nerd to Distribute & Install Skyrove WiFi Hotspots


Skyrove is glad to announce a partnership with Dial-A-Nerd, South Africa’s leading computer Support Company dedicated to homes and small businesses.

Their qualified and friendly technicians will from now on install Skyrove Hotspot at affordable rates. The Hotspot will be sold for R795 and venue owners will be paid 50% revenues share. For those who want to pick up a Skyrove Hotspot in one of Dial-A-Nerd’s six branches a technician will set it up for you in-store!

The Hotspot can then be taken to its new destination and simply be plugged in. Dial-A-Nerd currently has 3 branches in Cape Town (Durbanville, Woodstock and Tokai) and 3 branches in Johannesburg (Bryanston, Parkhurst, Sunninghill). All branches are also Skyrove Hotspots that provide prepaid broadband internet to the surrounding shops, businesses and homes as well as to people on the move who want to get connected.

Grayson Rainier, Marketing Manager at Dial-A-Nerd raves: “Skyrove offers the best wireless hotspot option as you pay for how much you download, not for how long you spend browsing. If you are in coffee shop you are able to maximise your wireless time whilst enjoying your coffee. With Skyrove you get more flexibility and greater value for your money.” To experience the ease of use of a Skyrove Hotspot, the convenience of prepaid per Megabyte billing and all the other benefits, just test the Skyrove Hotspot at a Dial-A-Nerd branch or at any of our 250 Hotspots in South Africa.

Dial-A-Nerd: because Nerds know Hotspots!

For more information on Dial-A-Nerd visit: www.dialanerd.co.za

To find Skyrove Hotspots close to you and worldwide visit: map.skyrove.com

As from December 2007 Dial-A-Nerd will distribute and install Skyrove hotspots

Dial-A-Nerd
Skyrove is glad to announce a partnership with Dial-A-Nerd, South Africa’s leading computer Support Company dedicated to homes and small businesses. Their qualified and friendly technicians will from now install Skyrove Hotspot at affordable rates. The Hotspot will be sold for R795 and venue owners will be paid 50% revenues share. For those who want to pick up a Skyrove Hotspot in one of Dial-A-Nerd’s six branches a technician will set it up for you in-store! The Hotspot can then be taken to its new destination and simply be plugged in.
Dial-A-Nerd currently has 3 branches in Cape Town (Durbanville, Woodstock and Tokai) and 3 branches in Johannesburg (Bryanston, Parkhurst, Sunninghill). All branches are also Skyrove Hotspots that provide prepaid broadband internet to the surrounding shops, businesses and homes as well as to people on the move who want to get connected.

Grayson Rainier, Marketing Manager at Dial-A-Nerd raves: “Skyrove offers the best wireless hotspot option as you pay for how much you download, not for how long you spend browsing. If you are in coffee shop you are able to maximise your wireless time whilst enjoying your coffee. With Skyrove you get more flexibility and greater value for your money.”

To experience the ease of use of a Skyrove Hotspot, the convenience of prepaid per Megabyte billing and all the other benefits, just test the Skyrove Hotspot at a Dial-A-Nerd branch or at any of our 250 Hotspots in South Africa.
Dial-A-Nerd: because Nerds know Hotspots!
For more information on Dial-A-Nerd visit: www.dialanerd.co.za
To find Skyrove Hotspots close to you and worldwide visit: map.skyrove.com

Break Water Business Magazine: MBA Grad follows his dreams

Born and raised in Germany, Tino Mueller (MBA 2005) has come a long way and not merely in distance. After graduating with a Mechanical Engineering qualification in Germany in 2002, Mueller arrived in South Africa three years later ready to begin an MBA at the GSB. He is now playing a key role at Skyrove, a young technology start-up.


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UCT News: Wireless technology makes Internet affordable

It’s a well known fact that Internet access in South Africa is among the most expensive in the world. In fact, it is said that the average American teenager has access to more bandwidth than a medium-sized business in South Africa.

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Skyrove Hotspot in a Tree

As you know, Trees are more common in Afica than Utility poles. At a recent conference, we sponsored internet access but had to make a plan to get a decent signal from iBurst, a long distance Wireless service provider (Skyrove does ‘last-yard’ connectivity, iBurst does ‘last-mile’). Thus came into being the world’s first WiFi Treespot!