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The Times chief sports photographer uses Cellhire for David Beckham’s arrival in USA

David Beckham’s first soccer match for LA Galaxy brought about global media madness, with photographers and jounalists from all corners of the globe congregating at The Home Depot Center.

The competition for coverage and the perfect picture was fierce. With the help of Cellhire, photographers from the UK’s Daily Mirror, The Sun and The Times were able to instantly download the photos and send them back to their respective offices with minimal time delay, ensuring the pictures were fresh off the press for the following day’s editions.

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It can provide Wi-Fi speeds and countrywide coverage, without needing a Wi-Fi hot spot, usually at speeds of around 600 kbps -1.4 mbps. It’s very simple, you just insert it into a Mac or the PC card slot or USB connection of a laptop and you’re instantly connected through the 3G network!

Using the Verizon Data card supplied by Cellhire, in Los Angeles, to cover David Beckham’s arrival with LA Galaxy was nothing short of a God-send. For the unveiling ceremony and with an 8 hour time difference, I had a matter of minutes to download, edit, caption and file a picture which was used on the back page of The Times. A superb service – one which I shall use on all future assignments to the US.

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