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Why Phone Security Matters Abroad

When leaving the country to travel abroad, everyone knows they need their passport. However, what is the next essential thing you make sure you have with you? Your smartphone probably. In the world of connectivity, instant messaging and sharing, you use your smartphone as an extension of yourself. It contains all the resources to stay connected to everyone, your personal details, your photos… and probably a lot of other sensitive information. When abroad, your smartphone becomes the ultimate travel companion; your navigator, your translator, your currency convertor.

However, how do you protect your phone when travelling abroad and why is it so important? Your phone is probably the single most valuable device you carry around; that could lead to a whole load of trouble if anything on it, including the device itself, fell into the wrong hands. Yet without leaving your device at home, which definitely sounds counterintuitive, what can be done to protect your data while you travel? Below are some of the ways you can protect your phone security abroad.

  1. Leave Your Phone at Home

Don’t do this really, we know you don’t want to, and with so many other good alternatives that will keep you secure, you really don’t need to.

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  1. Don’t Trust WiFi

Avoid free and public WiFi no matter the cost. WiFi in public spaces, restaurants and hotels are easy prey for anyone lurking waiting for naïve travelers to connect to. Potential network hackers could easily obtain your data if you’re not careful; this could be anything from monitoring your activity to stealing personal data that could lead to identity theft. To ensure your WiFi connection is safe and secure, get yourself a portable MiFi device.

  1. Use a VPN

As stated above, anyone on the same network as you, potentially a few hundred if you’re using public/ free WiFi, has the ability to intercept and grab your unencrypted data. To eliminate the risk of this, you can use a VPN. A virtual private network will protect you against hackers as it acts as your own personal shield – giving you a connection that only you have access to. It’s essentially your own private tunnel, away from the streams of others.

To use a VPN, you will need to download and install a VPN app onto your device, start it up once you’re connected to the internet and then choose a server. Although you will need to be connected to the internet (whether this be public or free), a VPN puts a protective shield around you and your data. Your data becomes encrypted, avoiding all the risks of open WiFi. Additionally, a VPN can also be helpful if you’re travelling to countries that may have blocked internet access. A VPN can change your IP address and allow access to sites such a Netflix.

  1. Switch SIM Cards

Opting to switch out your SIM will protect some of your data in the unfortunate case of theft or loss. Internal storage is safe if you back up your device before travelling, but we’ll get to this in a minute. Choosing to get another SIM, probably a local in-country SIM will give you a temporary phone number but the benefits speak for themselves; it protects your data, gets you cheaper call and roaming rates in-country and you could get one on a pay as you go basis. You also have choice, you could opt for a data only SIM or a voice only SIM, depending on what you need. You could also get a SIM card that works in a number of countries, one that can quickly change network providers so you always get the best possible connection. Doing this of course, will also avoid using un-trusted public WiFi.

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  1. Turn Off Roaming

Disabling your data roaming abroad will limit your data usage and may ease you while travelling; knowing that you won’t return home to a steep bill. From 2017, EU citizens can roam for no additional charges while in Europe, so if this is applies to you, you are safe to leave roaming on.

What is Roaming?

While abroad, your home network provider can’t travel with you, instead your connection will be run by a different, local, network operator. Partnering providers, your home operator, and the operator your device switches to abroad, will charge each other to cover the cost of ‘traffic’ for them having to support you. This will incur your home operator charging you this cost.

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  1. Back Everything Up Beforehand

Often an oversight to many travelers, make sure you back up your device prior to travelling. This is in case your phone does go missing, you can quickly restore a new, replacement device with all your stored details on. For example, you can restore from iCloud on an iPhone if needs be.

As a sub-point, make sure your device is running the latest software. Software updates usually include security enhancements and bug fixes, this will help reduce the chance of your connection being hacked. Also, give your device a passcode, preferably a long one; it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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  1. Take Action Against Theft & Loss

For all the power that phones bring us; connecting us to the world, keeping us productive, taking pictures etc, it’s often overlooked that they are small handheld devices. Easily misplaced or dropped or, worse case scenario; stolen. We’ve all been there when we go to grab our pockets and experience the ghost feeling if our phone is missing. This experience is only heightened when you travel, and for good reason, you’re in new atmosphere where you don’t know the place or the people.

  • Tell your Network Provider

The first thing to do if you’re phone goes walkabout is to call / text it. If it has just been lost, you might be lucky and find a kind stranger has found it. If this has happened then, voila you can get it back. If the persistent calling and texting doesn’t work, tell your network provider. They can then block your phone so you don’t risk paying for any unauthorized usage while it’s been out of your hands. They might ask you for your device’s identification number (IMEI) so they can track it, so make sure you take a note of it!

  • Track and Wipe Your Phone

After notifying your network provider and they’ve said they will block your SIM, it might be wise to remotely track and wipe your phone. Both Apple and Android give you the option to ‘Find My Phone’. If the phone is on, you will be able to see the exact location where your phone is. Unfortunately, if your phone is turned off, this won’t be available. On the latest iOS update for Apple users, there is an option to activate ‘Lost Mode’ through Find My iPhone, this feature will remotely lock your device. At a final resort, you should remotely wipe your device. You will be able to restore a replacement device up to your last back up.

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  • Change Your Passwords

Lastly, just for extra protection, change your passwords on important sites such as email, banking, and other apps, just for extra protection in case someone has been able to access your phone.

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Cellhire has been shortlisted for the York Press Business Awards in the Category ‘Exporter of the Year’

York based global telecommunications provider Cellhire, is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for the York Press Business Awards in the category ‘Exporter of the Year’. This is the first year Cellhire has entered the awards, and will be attending the regional awards ceremony on Thursday 15th November at a black tie event at York Racecourse.

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Celebrating businesses from all sectors across Yorkshire, the awards recognise the entrepreneurial success of businesses in various best practice. This years’ awards mark the 28th year of celebrating York businesses and saw more than 100 entries from a range of businesses; with three businesses being shortlisted for each category.

The annual event is hosted at York Racecourse by York Press and is sponsored by TalkTalk’s Ultra Fibre Optic project in York.

Having achieved great success in recent years, providing mobile connectivity to travellers to events such as the FIFA World Cup, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the Rio Olympics, Cellhire is shortlisted for ‘Exporter of the Year’. The category celebrates businesses with the ability to spot opportunities in new markets, how it has been exporting to develop and grow business in York, how the business has over obstacles to enter new markets and the potential for further global reach. Cellhire has been recognised for its exports in UK airtime to global countries needing cost-effective voice and data solutions whilst travelling abroad.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best mobile solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers, businesses and attendees during events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro Finals, the Tour de France, Wimbledon and Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. The company’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 50 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global. More at cellhire.info.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Apple Wallet

Are you finally ready to take the plunge into the world of Apple Pay?

With the invention of the Apple Wallet, you need to remember one less essential item when you leave the house; pay in-store and online using your phone for a faster, more convenient check out. First things first you’ve got to successfully get your cards into the wallet to get started! We’ve got you covered with a completely fool proof step-by-step guide to help you get it right first time….

  1. For iPad, iPod and of course, iPhone here’s what to do:
      • Open up the Wallet app
      • Tap + or Add Credit or Debit Card
      • Tap Continue to progress and add your card

      • Hold your card in front of you device’s camera so it fills the white box. Ensure you hold them still and have good lighting for the most effective results.
      • Double check the card number and name entered are correct and tap Next
      • Enter your card’s Expiry Date and CVC number (three digit number on the back of your card)
      • Read and the tap Agree to the Terms & Conditions
      • Tap Next. Now your bank or card issuer will verify your information and decide if you can use your card with Apple Pay. If your bank or issuer needs more information to verify your card, they’ll ask you for it. When you have the information, go back to Wallet and tap your card. This security check is another way of protecting you against fraudulent activity.
      • Pick your verification method and either tap Text Message or E-mail to receive a confirmation code.
      • Wait…
      • Enter the six digit verification code (which will expire in 30 mins)
      • Click Done
      • Go into Settings and scroll down to Wallet & Apple Pay (it should be underneath iCloud and iTunes & App store)
      • Make any changes you want:
        • Allow Touch ID for payments
        • Allow Access When Locked by tapping Double-Click Home Button to green
        • Add new cards or allow Payments on Mac
        • Altering the Default Card, shipping address, email and phone number
      • Et voila! You are now able to used Apple Pay!

  1. You can also activate Apple Pay on your WATCH or Mac!
    • WATCH:
      • Open up the Apple WATCH App on your iPhone
      • Go on My Watch tab and Select the watch you want (if you own multiple)
      • Tap Wallet then tap Apple Pay
      • Follow the same steps to add your card
      • After your bank or issuer verifies your card, tap Next. Then start using Apple Pay.
    • Mac:
      • Apple Pay is only available on a MacBook Pro with Touch ID
      • Go to System Preferences and click Wallet & Apple Pay.
      • Tap Add Card
      • Follow the steps to add your card
      • After your bank or issuer verifies your card, tap Next. Then start using Apple Pay.

  1. Next step: Add Tickets and Gift Cards to Wallet
    • Simply click download on a ticket you have received, most likely in an email confirmation, and then tap Add to Wallet. Your tickets will now be easy to find and use!
    • To make the most of Apple Pay tap the + in the top right of your screen
    • Tap Find Apps for Wallet, this will take you to the App Store
    • All the Apps listed are com patible with Apple Pay and offer rewards and loyalty Just add them to your Wallet and use the barcode online or in store!
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Cellhire is extremely proud to support St Leonard’s Hospice again at The Sunflower Ball 2018

August 28th 2018. York, UK. Global telecommunications provider Cellhire is once again proud to support The Sunflower Ball, in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice, as a charity event to raise money for patient care. Cellhire has supported The Sunflower Ball for a number of years and this year is no different; as the main sponsor of the event, Cellhire has made a significant donation towards the Ball’s goal of the £45,000 needed to help cover day-to-day running costs at the Hospice.

About The Sunflower Ball

It promises to be a night of fantastic entertainment, hosted at York Racecourse on Saturday 22nd September and is themed ‘A Night at the Oscars’. The evening will include a red carpet entrance with a champagne reception, and a four course meal successively ending with a Grand Prize Draw with the chance to win one of 5 weekend breaks, ensuring revellers will be entertained up until the 2am close.

The Sunflower Ball, held every two years, hopes to be a significant driver in helping St Leonard’s Hospice raise the money needed to aid patients. The Hospice celebrated its 30th year in 2016 and provides care to people with life threatening diseases. Although free of charge to both patients and their families, the care is not free to provide, and as a charity, the Hospice relies heavily on the generosity of the public to help raise just over £5 million it costs to run St Leonard’s Hospice every year. While St Leonard’s does get some public funding, the majority of running costs have to be raised from donations and fundraising by the local community, businesses and individuals; The Sunflower Ball is just one example of a significant fundraiser.

Get Involved

The Ball is inclusive to groups and individuals alike, offering both tables of 10 and individual tickets. To enquire about the different tickets or to make a booking, please call the St Leonard’s Fundraising Team on 01904 777 777.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best mobile solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers, businesses and attendees during events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro Finals, the Tour de France, Wimbledon and Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. The company’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 50 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global. More at cellhire.info.

Note to the press:

For further information, please contact:
Chloe Acland, Junior Marketing Executive, Cellhire plc,
t: +44 (0)1904 610610 e: chloeacland@cellhire.com
w: www.cellhire.info

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9 reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy S9

Are you looking for an excuse to splash out on a new phone? Well, here are nine reasons why you should consider treating yourself to the new Samsung Galaxy S9…

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  1. Samsung Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S9’s screen is nothing short of genius. The curved glass wraps the display neatly around the sides of the phone, delivering the ‘Infinity display’. This, in combination with a clean aluminum frame, really gives the device a luxury quality.

In the 5.8-inch screen, the AMOLED panel depicts incredibly vibrant, bright and accurate colors. The S9 has a Quad HD+ (2,960 × 1,440 pixel) resolution, which means it’s actually sharper than its larger S9+ counterpart because it packs more pixels in (570 pixels-per-inch to be exact).

  1. New and improved Software

The curved display proves excellent not only when viewing stunning photographs, but also when viewed with the advancements in the S9’s software, especially with regards to watching TV and Gaming. The S9 supports HDR10, so apps like Netflix, YouTube, and HBO with HDR10 content look their absolute best on this phone and the Snapdragon 845 chip boasts bigger graphics improvements. Games run without a hitch and the phone doesn’t get too warm after you’ve been playing for a while.

The Snapdragon 845 also truly shines with fast performance across the board; whether you are playing graphic-intensive games or simultaneously using Multi Window and Android Oreo’s floating window for YouTube playback, the Galaxy S9 won’t fail to keep up. In summary, this is the fastest phone made by Samsung to date.

  1. Easy to handle

It’s really easy to get your hands on the S9. Thanks to the small and compact 5.8-inch display and smooth curved edges, the S9 is easy and comfortable to use in one hand. However, due to the elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio, this device still offers a lot of screen to look at. The handling of this device is further improved by the conveniently placed power button on the right edge, Bixby button on the left edge and most importantly, the new location of the fingerprint sensor. Now, the fingerprint scanner and camera are setup vertically, as opposed to horizontally as we saw with the S8, making it easier to swipe the sensor and not the camera. But, if you prefer a ‘the bigger the better approach’ the S9 Plus is the phone for you.

For those who are used to older phones with physical controls, the pressure-sensitive virtual home button provides a familiar feeling; making the transition to on-screen keys feel more natural.

  1. Great Durability

The materials used to produce this phone are an improvement on those of the S8. The screen maintains the high resolution display using the bright and vibrant Super AMOLED panel. The upgrade is the use of Gorilla Glass 5; this is a big step forward in the device’s durability. This screen is more capable than its predecessor at enduring the knocks and drops of everyday life. In addition, the aluminium frame creates a more robust construction.

The device is also water and dust resistant; great for peace of mind if you enjoy the outdoors… or you’re clumsy! IP (Ingress Protection) is a universally accepted measure of dust and liquid resistance and with the S9 and S9+ having a rating of IP68, it’s safe to say your phone can be protected from adventurous conditions.

  1. Fantastic Photos and Super Slow Motion Video

The Plus offers a dual-camera system that has features such as 2x optical zoom and a Portrait Mode for a blurred background effect. The Live Focus and Selective Focus features are also superior on the S9+. However, these benefits come at a price.

Even though the S9 has one lens instead of two like the S9+, it sure does pack quite a punch. The killer single 12-megapixel camera with variable aperture takes stunning photographs. At f/1.5, the S9 features the widest aperture available on a smartphone currently; meaning it can absorb more light and produce high quality images. You can manually switch apertures in the camera’s Pro mode and the default aperture setting is generally f/2.4. But, when the camera detects low light, it will automatically switch to f/1.5 aperture (the lower the number the wider the aperture). This feature helps makes the S9’s camera superior in comparison to many other smartphones on the market today; its ability to capture noticeably brighter, high quality photographs.

The Super Slow motion video feature is remarkable with this phone. You can slow down a video clip to 960 frames per second at 720p resolution for 0.2 seconds; that’s 32 times slower than real life! The S9 camera lens will automatically detect action in a frame and will slow it down for you – simple! Alternatively, you could use the manual mode to do it yourself. The most exciting part about this feature is the variety of things you can do with the video after it’s been shot. You can loop the clip, swing it back and forth or reverse it.

  1. Intelligent scan

The S9 offers a triple threat of identity authentication; iris scanning, facial recognition and fingerprint sensor. The new improvements in this feature are the relocation of the finger scanner and the introduction of ‘Intelligent scan’. Now, facial and iris scanning are combined, so if one fails the S9 will simply default to the other saving you the trouble of having to start again!

  1. Make it your own!

The S9 has done a stellar job in creating an attractive array of glossy colours and hues for you to choose from. Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple are stand-out and will have you admiring your phone more than you realise possible.

If these colours aren’t enough for you, the S9’s customisation options for graphics and layouts are endless and allow for true personalisation. From the size of your apps to the font and colour of the time icon, you can add your artistic flare to every aspect of this phone.

  1. Bonus features

This phone will make your life easier – wave goodbye to the burden of iPhone dongles… the S9 has a headphone jack! The S9 has also developed to cater to those who prefer to listen to music out loud with the new stereo sound speaker. The top earpiece works with the speaker at the bottom of the device, AKG-tuned, Dolby Atmos audio is said to be 1.4 times louder than the S8. Music is easily room-filling, with a rich and clear sound and when you watch Atmos-optimized content, the audio seems to physically surround you.

  1. Won’t burn a hole in your pocket

At £739 and £869, the devices save you around £200 when compared to their closest rival – the iPhone X! With interesting software, design and a superior camera, it’s fair to say that you get your money’s worth with this phone.

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What’s all the fuss about VoLTE and WiFi Calling?

VoLTE:

Although it sounds complicated, VoLTE is simply ‘voice calls over 4G LTE network’ and 4G LTE is today’s fastest connection available for wireless networks. 4G means fourth generation of data technology for cellular networks (following 3G, third generation). LTE stands for Long-Term Evolution, a technical process for high-speed data for phones and other mobile devices. Combined, 4G and LTE create the fastest and highest quality connection available with the ability to download up to 100 megabits per second –very speedy! Read on to find out more details about how VoLTE works and what the benefits are…

  1. Superior quality – easier to hear and be heard on calls.

The quality of voice calls transmitted over VoLTE is a big improvement on what we have heard previously. The connection captures sound waves twice as fast as other calls and by using a wider range of frequencies, its able to better match the range of pitch and tone in human speech. This allows for much more data to be transferred; three times more than 3G and five times more than 2G, creating a HD rich experience.

The HD voice also reduces background noise, so that, even on the busiest of streets the background noise is kept to a minimum, which makes the person’s voice ‘crystal-clear’, as if you are talking face-to-face.

  1. Improved coverage and connectivity – faster and further reaching

VoLTE connects twice as fast and has a much greater range of coverage. This is largely down to the fact that 2G and 3G connections are still available when there isn’t a 4G connection available. Without the other connections, it is not always possible to make and receive calls; an issue that standard 4G users should be aware of (due to the varying frequencies).

VoLTE is dependent on networks, making it very far reaching. It is estimated that the 4G network will cover 95% of the UK by 2020 – excellent news for anyone with a 4G network, especially for those looking to upgrade to  4G LTE.

  1. Faster speeds – multi-task with ease and speed

Due to the new ability to use data and mobile networks simultaneously, you can multi-task with apps and phone calls at a faster pace than ever. Now, when you get lost, you can phone a friend AND use Maps… at the same time! Most importantly, you can do this without compromising the quality of connection of your voice call or the speed of your Maps application. A whole new meaning to hands free… free to navigate!

  1. Battery life – stay charged for longer

4G users could see an improvement in their battery life. Making calls on 4G requires a lot of switching of networks; on a call 4G has to switch to 2G or 3G and then back to 4G once the call had ended. This process of switching drains an excessive amount of battery. The VoLTE system is much more efficient in comparison – ideal for when you’re on the move and need to stay connected!

  1. New and improved features – video calling and much more…

It’s never been easier to video call! When you have VoLTE you’re able to video call over mobile number (rather than through apps like facetime or skype). This means you can video call and receive video calls from anyone with any device (even between IPhone and Android) as long as they also  have VoLTE, just as you would with a voice call.

There are also many new ideas and possibilities in the works for VoLTE. Just as video phone calls could become the ‘norm’, other new rituals may grow native to the dialler e.g. Rich Communication Services (or RCS’s) such as file transferring, real time language translation and video voicemail (as well as ideas for applications which haven’t even been conceived yet).

Wi-Fi Calling is a little different…

Not having signal is not an issue when you have Wi-Fi calling. Like VoLTE relies on having mobile signal, Wi-Fi Calling relies on being connected to Wi-Fi hotspot (wireless internet network) and having a compatible device.

The Benefits – simple and convenient

Once you have the latest Wi-Fi Calling software – it’s simple! You can call, text, and send picture messages just as normal whenever you see the Wi-Fi indicator in the top left of your screen. So in environments that rarely have mobile signal, such as a rural location or a basement flat, on the London Underground or inside an old building with thick walls, you can still make quality calls over the Wi-Fi network.

With Wi-Fi and 4G Calling, you’ll automatically switch seamlessly and uninterrupted between Wi-Fi Calling and 4G network coverage (whichever has the strongest connection) to continue your call on the move. However, it’s only available on particular devices and networks, so just contact your network provider to find out if you’re eligible to upgrade.

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Telecommunications Specialist Cellhire Qualifies for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals in Russia

July 9th 2018. York, UK. Global telecommunications provider Cellhire is excited to be providing mobile connectivity to semi-finalists England, France and Belgium at the Russia 2018 semi-finals this week (July 10th and July 11th), and wishes them all luck.

Cellhire has already provided thousands of 4G voice/video and data connections to many of the World Cup teams and their support staff, global media organisations and attendees at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Teams and attendees have benefitted from secure, high-speed data connections and reliable, low cost calls provided by Cellhire.

TV and radio broadcasters, along with print and online newspapers, are utilising Cellhire’s SIM cards, smartphones, MiFi devices (portable, highly secure wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms and services.

The company will provide the same service to whichever of England, France or Belgium reach the World Cup Final, as well as to media organisations and attendees at the event. Cellhire will do likewise for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Cellhire has a long-established presence in Japan and is already working on plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“We’re really honoured and excited to be supporting the best football teams and media organisations in the world. The volume of data that customers have used at the event so far has been astronomical and is expected to peak at around 50 terabytes usage during the final,” says Cellhire CEO Martyn Stevens. “We have an excellent track record in the sports and entertainment fields for providing data connections and telecom solutions through the close relationship we have with network providers around the world.

“In total, we have provided many tens of thousands of connections at major events, allowing the media to have fast, reliable and secure voice, video and data communications links to their audiences” Stevens adds.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers, businesses and attendees during events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro Finals, the Tour de France, Wimbledon and Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. The company’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global. More at cellhire.info.

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Note to the press:

For further information, please contact:
Craig Stillman, Marketing Manager, Cellhire plc,
t: +44 (0)1904 610610 e: craigstillman@cellhire.com
w: www.cellhire.info

or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
t: +44 (0)1403 711177 e: paul@western-pr.com