UK News

2010 Winter Olympics

The 21st Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, Canada between February 12-28 and 97 countries from Albania to Venezuela will be coming to the event. Along with the 25,000 volunteers, the world’s media will be attending the event and Cellhire has been working with broadcasters, journalists, sponsors and teams to provide them with wireless communications through its partner for the event; Rogers Canada.

“Cellhire’s global network of offices are perfectly located to meet the needs of the world’s media” commented Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development. “Customers who used our service at the Beijing Olympics are taking voicedata and SMS broadcast solutions for Vancouver and we are delighted to be dealing with so many national Olympic committees too”.

Germany’s position as the leading medal winner 4 years ago at the Torino Olympics has led to the strongest media representation of any nation apart from the USA, and Cellhire’s Munich office has reported record sales for the event.

US News

What does it mean to be “mobile” and how Cellhire keeps you moving?

Our mission at Cellhire is to provide the best mobile solutions, anywhere. But what does “mobile” mean? For Cellhire, it means connected through technology. Whatever connected means to you is what we want to do well! It could be two-way radios, it could be satellite technology, it could be a phone that rings or a phone that gets your e-mails and text messages, or it could mean all out data transfer and keeping your computer tied to the internet. Read on to see all the technology Cellhire provides.

World Wide Voice Solutions

Cellhire can provide phone service almost anywhere in the world. We have various globe trotting solutions or we can pinpoint service to the country you are visiting at up to a 60% savings over your US carrier rates. With free incoming calls and a number local to that region, why look anywhere else? But don’t let the international dialing scare you off. We thought of that too and offer FollowMe® service that allows you to use your domestic phone number while on another country’s network.

Can’t live without your email and internet

Cellhire offers both domestic and international data solutions. Leveraging our relationships with many global carriers, there are not many places on a map that is out of our reach. Whether your need is just a Blackberry® to keep up with e-mail or a full blown USB or MiFi® data link for your laptop, we can provide the solution that truly fits your needs. The best part is, you don’t have to buy the equipment and you don’t have to sign up for any long-term contracts, just send it back when you no longer need the service. This is the perfect solution for projects and travel needs, business or leisure.

2 Way Radios and Push-To-Talk Programmed Services

Along with our Nextel and Verizon push-to-talk solutions, we are certain to have what you need. And best of all, we do the programming for you. Whether you need voice activated for a few on your team or everyone or no one and/or group paging set up for all the groups you need, we send you the equipment ready for your team to turn on and get busy! Want something simpler than that? Cellhire is proud to have recently partnered with DC Rentals (official communications providers for the Boston Marathon and many other events) for two-way communications. We offer the full spectrum of equipment including repeaters and base stations.

Where cell phones don’t work

Cellhire has been a provider for many non-profit groups over the years for satellite phone services. We have partnered with Iridium and Thurya as well as BGAN to ensure that disaster recovery teams have the communications support they need. Our equipment and services have seen hurricane, tornado and flood hit regions all over the world. This service also expands to our cruise and safari crowds and other mission and high adventure organizations have used these devices to stay connected or simply be in touch with emergency response teams.

Added Value

What more could there be? Many of our services can be paired with value added services. Our customers present us with a need and we respond. The FollowMe® mentioned above can be linked to many services. To answer the needs of our anxious parents with children traveling aboard in exchange groups, Cellhire created FindMe® which allows the parents to log-in and see where their child is on the globe. For the chaperones and events marketing, we are now offering Broadcast SMS® services allowing a single text message to be delivered to entire groups of people. With reasonable Theft and Lost insurance, peace of mind is assured if our equipment is damaged, lost or stolen. Credit Alert® services are a standard with Cellhire alerting you of high usage to help you control your costs. We offer these many customized programs for corporations and are open to partnerships that make it easy for our consumers to do business.

As always, we are at your service. Contact Cellhire for more information.

UK News

Credit crunch telecoms

It’s easy to classify mobile phone contracts and subscriptions to broadband as unavoidable operating expenditure. But is this really the case? What savings are available and what’s the best way to attain these rates?

Shopping around for the cheapest deal is time consuming and making ‘like for like’ comparisons between networks and providers is notoriously difficult. And buying solely on price when reliable communication is the lifeblood of many commercial organisations is, in itself, fraught with peril.

There are however a couple of approaches that can really generate significant savings without compromising quality of service.

Firstly, differentiate between requirements that are variable and may differ substantially from month to month, as opposed to any ongoing provision that is absolutely necessary day-in-day-out.

If you employ temporary staff at certain times of the year, it makes no sense financially, to commit to 24 month mobile contracts for these people. Do you have key staff that travel abroad for business, or attend infrequent events and seminars? If so, then providing them with year-round mobile broadband access on their laptops or letting them ‘roam’ abroad on UK airtime won’t be remotely cost effective.

The answer here is to only rent the equipment and airtime as and when it’s needed, rather than commit to expensive and binding long term contracts. Voice and data solutions start at only £5 per week, there are no minimum call spends, no compulsory top ups and no onerous contractual obligations. And the call charges and airtime are discounted too, so it’s a winner from every perspective!

For the proportion of mobile spend that definitely warrants a contractual relationship, why not work with a Service Provider (SP) that deals with more than one network? In this way, you will get the best deal for your particular requirements from across the marketplace without having to put in any undue ‘legwork’. This approach is analogous to an independent financial advisor, who isn’t tied to a limited product range from a single institution and so can offer clients the best solution from multiple providers.

A common misconception in dealing with SPs is that there must be another ‘hidden’ margin and that it’s therefore more expensive than going to the network direct. This simply isn’t true. SPs employ far less staff than the networks and operate from much smaller premises, so their overheads are much less. SPs also receive connection bonuses from the networks for new business generated and these are often passed on, at least in part, to the customer. The overall result is very often a proposition that’s actually cheaper than the network equivalent!

Finally, once you’ve found the right balance between short-term renting and market-leading contracts, don’t forget about service provision. Choose and SP with dedicated, named account management and a good reputation for quality after-sales support. There shouldn’t be any incremental charges, but the reassurance this provides is as vital as any cost savings, if not more so.

Actualités en France

Tournage Pathé Films

Cellhire participe activement au tournage d’un des prochains films de Pathé France en proposant la location de téléphones mobiles et de cartes Sim seules pour l’équipe de tournage.

Le régisseur général a choisi la solution de Cellhire sans abonnement, pour son tournage qui devrait durer 3-4 mois.

Son équipe bénéficie ainsi de téléphones Nokia avec une ligne Orange France, le temps de leur tournage, et de conditions tarifaires très avantageuses.

Orange est l’opérateur qui offre souvent la meilleure couverture réseau en France et Cellhire peut proposer tous les services de l’opérateur sans engagement.

UK News

Cellhire steps in to help the Royal Navy with a last minute order

Thanks to Cellhire’s flexible delivery options the Royal Navy received communications equipment on time when an existing supplier was unable to meet the delivery deadline. Where other companies are not sufficiently expert to meet tight deadlines, Cellhire offer a range of delivery options, meeting the varied needs of individual clients.

Cellhire were not only able to offer a range of delivery options, but also had the flexibility to offer a payment method that better suited the customer. Cellhire’s success is built upon providing the very best solutions available anywhere and we pride ourselves on being easy to do business with.

Actualités en France

Elections régionales : un téléphone pour la campagne électorale

Cellhire participe activement à la campagne pour les élections régionales en proposant la location detéléphones mobiles, iPhones, BlackBerry ou cartes 3G pour les candidats et leur équipe.

Les candidats recherchent des solutions sans abonnement, avec une fin de contrat au 31 mars 2010.

Cellhire leur fait bénéficier de services Haut de Gamme, sans aucun engagement : Blackberry Curve 8520, Iphone 3Gs, Carte 3G…avec en plus des appels illimités entre mobiles de la flotte et l’internet illimité.

Une gamme plus simple est également proposée, pour les candidats qui cherchent une solution pratique pour téléphoner.

Côté Mairies, la location courte durée de téléphones mobiles permet aux bureaux de vote de bénéficier de postes téléphoniques, sans aucune installation, sans aucun abonnement.

UK News

Berlinale Film Festival

The Berlinale Film Festival is one of the cities largest cultural events with more than 270,000 tickets sold each year. This is the largest audience of any film festival worldwide with more than 19,000 film professionals in attendance including journalists, media teams, sponsors, artist and filmmakers. 2010 is the 60th anniversary of the event, taking place February 11-21st.

Cellhire has a wealth of experience in the film and media events sector and is offering specific Berlinalevoice and data solutions at the lowest possible rates. Local SIM solutions can reduce call rates by up to 70% when compared to roaming and high speed data solutions are reliable and cost effective for uploading images and data within short timeframes.

Christina Kilner, International Account Executive comments “Cellhire makes it so easy for you to pick the right solution for these high profile media events. The customer simply selects the plan and device that is most suited to them and there’s a member of staff on site for technical queries and support. Cellhire customers will not only benefit from solutions that are flexible and reliable but solutions that represent real value for money.”