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2010 Winter Olympics – Cellhire USA is the Provider for Voice and Data

The 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, Canada and is right around the corner with the Olympic Cauldron being lit on February 12th. Cellhire is proud to be providing the US Olympic Committee over 800 voice and data connections while in Canada along with many main stream media outlets who will be covering the games.

“This is really something we do well! For 20 years we have been providing dynamic and innovative solutions designed to save money”, shared Kirk Samuels, International Events Manager. “Our ability to land individuals on the appropriate network and customize packages that include data, MiFi®, BlackBerry® and standard phones is unmatched in the industry.”

If you plan to go, you can get in on the deal too! We are extending this special offer to our customers! Click here for details.

Cellhire USA wishes the US Olympic Team and all Olympians world wide the best of luck! We are proud to be of service in the great event!

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Software training on the road

The challenge

When a software development company hit the road to demo a new product to other offices across the country, they needed a solution that would allow them all to connect.

The solution

Cellhire introduced this ‘on-the-go’ team of four to MiFi. This wireless hub allows up to five connections which was ideal for this team during their 6 week tour to 14 offices coast to coast.

The results

This allowed them to collaborate and set up their ‘war-room’ from the airport to the hotel to the office without everyone having to find and connect to several networks. Coverage was assured in even the most remote locations where their own carrier coverage was sometimes weak.

Congrats to the team by the way, the software demos were a huge success and the company’s sales team is well on their way to selling this product! Cellhire is happy to be part of their success.

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The iPhone® Meter Must Be Broken

For a lot of us, data usage is a mystery. With some people reporting iPhone bills ranging in the thousands of dollars, it’s important to understand how your iPhone uses data and how to avoid the billing. Because of privacy rules, they cannot tell you exactly where you went or what you did. We are told that we must have downloaded “large” files, run several “updates” or visited “data intensive” web sites. Just what does that mean anyhow? Kilobytes (KB), Megabytes (MB), Gigabytes (GB); how can we get a grip?

Be careful not to take iPhone capabilities for granted

Different phones use data in different ways. The difference in settings could easily increase your data use astronomically and cost you big, especially when traveling outside your coverage area or on international networks. iPhones are more data intensive because of their full HTML email feature, automatic check settings, enhanced internet experience and all those really great applications we cannot seem to live without.

International roaming and data usage are not included in the standard data plans you get with your iPhone. It’s important to understand how much data different applications and downloads use. A good rule of thumb is that if it is digital or it is video related, uses Flash or moves around the screen or uses GPS (like google maps), it uses a lot of data. For example, a standard digital cameral takes a 5 megapixel picture. Opening an email with a 5 megapixel picture or downloading a 3 minute video on YouTube will use about 2-3MB on your iPhone. On an international network, that would be a charge of around $40 for each of those activities.

Turn it off

You can typically disable browsing on any phone. iPhones have a default setting for international data roaming to be “OFF”. In the settings area, this can be found under Settings>General>Network>Data Roaming. This will block email, browsing, and visual voicemail as well as other internet downloads, but it will not block text or picture/video messages (SMS or MMS). You will be charged for text and picture/video messages which we now know can be as much as $40 each.

You can also turn “Fetch New Data” off. This will disable your email and calendar syncs. Although you will have to do those things manually, it will put you in control of the data flow. If you just have to have it, consider using Wi-Fi spots which are available at many international airports, hotels and restaurants. This can save you big.

Package deals

When traveling overseas, there are global add-ons you can purchase that will allow you a limited bundle of service in 90 countries. A good idea would be to run your iPhone with the counter on before your trip to see if your bundle will be enough. Also, verify that the iPhone network will work in the country you are traveling to.

You may want to price these packages against other companies that rent such equipment on the actual network of the country you are traveling. Companies like Cellhire (www.cellhire.com) have network relationships in over 180 countries. They are competitively priced and you have the peace of mind in knowing that because you are on that country’s network, your device will work.

Use your counters

When you arrive overseas set the usage tracker to zero (Settings>General>Usage>Reset Statistics). You can then monitor your usage and prevent overages. All trackers are estimated usage only and should not be used to calculate your bill. It will keep you in the ballpark and help you to avoid high usage bills.

Remember the magic number: 1024

When tracking your usage against a MB or GB bundle or when reviewing your bill, remember the number 1024. It takes 1024 KB’s to make 1 MB. So when you see your bill and it has, for example, 9600 KB, that is 9.375 MB. It also takes 1024 MB to make a GB.
1 GB equals 1024 MB and 1 MB equals 1024 KB.
A 5GB bundle = 5,120 MB or 5,242,880 KB.
A 200MB bundle = 204,800 KB.

Ready, set, get me to my destination

AT&T and Apple both offer more details on how to manage your data while traveling overseas. Do your homework and be proactive. Now that you have the information, enjoy your trip.

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Short Term Data Does Exist

How will you stay connected without long term commitments and huge dollars buying up soon to be outdated technology?

We are all trying to avoid long term commitments like those with major carriers. We are all experimenting with cost savings in telecommuting. No one wants to sink money into ever changing communication gadgets. Entrepreneurs and small business (and even big business) are trying to save money when traveling across the country and exploring telecommuting as a way of doing business.

Really, you cannot pass on the opportunities that take us away from home base but who can afford to commit to a broadband card and contract for the one off event away from the office? This is the time to grow and position your business! But how will you keep everyone connected? And how will you save money while on the road?

Every dollar counts and Cellhire knows it. We have expanded our international solutions to fit your domestic needs. We are no longer just an “international” solutions company. We are working to meet your “global” requirements and that includes domestic services! You rent the equipment for as long as you need it at rates that are far less expensive and there is no equipment to buy. Let us leverage our airtime contracts and thousands of pieces of equipment for your business! Take a look at some of our successes.

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Keep your event budget on song

MIDEM – the Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale is the world’s largest music industry trade fair. It is held annually, this year taking place 24-27 January 2010, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

In 2008 9,093 delegates from 4,545 companies and 482 journalists attended the event from 88 different countries.

The event sees musicians, businesses and journalists from around the world get together to discuss political and legal issues. The event is also a platform for new artists to showcase their work and for introducing new music related products.

Cellhire has a wealth of experience in providing cost effective communication solutions to the media, photographers and corporate staff travelling to events such as MIDEM. So, if you’re attending this year avoid international roaming charges and benefit from FREE incoming calls and reduced call rates by renting local airtime from Cellhire. International SIM card are available as a stand alone solution for your own unlocked GSM phone or with a modern handset provided by Cellhire.

Cellhire also appreciate that attendees will face high roaming charges when accessing email and the internet at the event. We also have the capability to provide mobile broadband on a hire basis. USB modem rental from Cellhire can reduce costs by up to 70% compared to roaming.

Cellhire’s rental team are available 24/7 for customer care and technical support should you need it.

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Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress 2010 takes place on the 15-18th February, Barcelona, Spain. This event sees mobile leaders from around the world get together to discuss innovative mobile solutions and the future of mobile technology. The 2009 event hosted approximately 47,000 mobile professionals from 182 countries including mobile operators, equipment vendors and entertainment professionals.

This year, if you are attending the Mobile World Congress, you can make significant cost savings by renting a local SIM solution from Cellhire. Rent local Spanish airtime and avoid expensive international roaming charges, plus incoming calls to your local number are FREE. You can use your own unlocked GSM handset or rent a current handset from us.

Cellhire offers similarly competitive international broadband bundles and USB Modems so you can access your emails and the Internet from your laptop and receive the best data rates available.