UK News

Stay connected 24/7 throughout the election process

The next UK General Election is due to take place on or before Thursday 3 June 2010. With this in mind, Cellhire has tailored its UK short term voice and data solutions to ensure connectivity throughout the election process.

In addition to industry leading sales support the rental charges are extremely competitive. So whether the requirement is for additional mobile phones with UK SIM cards for temporary/volunteer staff ormobile broadband to ensure wireless access to email and the web, Cellhire has a cost effective solution. We can even offer BlackBerry including your own free email address for the duration of the election.

Also available within the Cellhire product portfolio is OptiSIM. OptiSIM is an optimum coverage SIM solution that provides the most extensive mobile coverage in the UK. The service is delivered through a roaming agreement with the five major UK operators and accesses an alternative network signal, should the primary network be unavailable. This solution is ideal for any organisation that needs to stay connected 24/7.

With Cellhire there’s no need for a minimum call spend or compulsory top ups and we offer a choice of networks to ensure clients are offered the best solutions for their individual needs.

UK News

Cellhire UK website re-launched with a host of new products & features

In a determined effort to continuously improve the customer experience, Cellhire has developed its website and is very excited about the results.

The site has been re-launched with a host of additional features. Not only is the site more aesthetically pleasing, but its new product search tool means it is both easier and quicker to navigate.

The site has a new and improved interface, enhanced functionality and an extended product portfolio. Our international SIM card portfolio now includes PolishCzech and Canadian airtime, ensuring that wherever you are travelling in the world Cellhire has a SIM solution suitable for your journey that guarantees significant cost savings.

Cellhire is delighted to announce that secure online ordering using a purchase order number is also readily available to businesses as well as credit card payment.

If you have any suggestions as to how we can further improve our site please

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Brush aside worries about international call charges

The World Curling Championships is an annual event, showcasing the world’s best curlers. This year’s event is based in Cortino D’Ampezzo, Italy, 4 – 11 April 2010.

If you are travelling to Italy to attend the event, be it as a competitor, part of a media team or as an avid fan you can save money on your roaming costs by renting an Italian SIM card from Cellhire. Cellhire is the world leader in the short term rental of international SIM solutions and offers the cheapest rates to ensure you avoid international roaming charges on both outgoing and incoming calls.

Mobile broadband rental enables you to mobilise your laptop with remote, wireless access to email and the Internet; USB modems and data cards provide real-time access to essential information whenever and wherever you need it. So, rent for the duration of the World Curling Championships and ensure you are contactable at all times. Whether you prefer a ‘stick’ or a ‘dongle’, we can help you choose the most applicable Italian data solution for your individual needs.

From a cost perspective, you only need to rent for the duration of the event so there are no long term contracts, no minimum call spend requirements and no top-ups needed, because the solutions are post-paid for added convenience.

US News

On the Run at the Fort Worth Marathon


Cellhire was proud to provide push to talk solutions that saved the day at the 3rd Annual Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas. Our solution was a Nextel® push to talk system that would work all along the 26 mile course. Staff was able to stay connected throughout the day to support over 500 runners, ensuring that each check point was properly supplied with electrolytes. The staff was also able to call on emergency services for two runners requiring medical attention. “Thank you very much for making our event safe and easier. Cellhire will be part of our event next year on November 14, 2010”, stated Steve Looney, President of the Fort Worth Marathon. Cellhire is at your service!

Contact the Cellhire team at 877.244.7242 for details and pricing for your next event.

US News

Has Technology Outpaced Network Capacity

Unlimited data plans are coming to an end worldwide. AT&T got the ball rolling and O2 in the United Kingdom quickly followed. Verizon is looking to restructure their data plans as well and many other networks in the global market never offered it in the first place. As data intense devices continue to hit the market with all of their really cool capabilities and applications, we can certainly anticipate the other networks to follow in this trend.

We all know data usage has increased dramatically with the introduction of smart phones and great gadgets like the iPad. One can download music and videos, take advantage of GPS technology, participate in live webinars, Skype and send and receive digital high resolution pictures directly to your phone. These are intensive data users.

The iPhone in particular has proven to be a real ‘data hog’. iPhone users love their phones because of the full html email, enhanced internet features, streaming videos, quick music downloads and all those wonderful applications. And the more applications you load, the more data gets used with constant refreshing and updates.

International roaming with smart phones, especially the iPhone, is generating some huge bills for many users who fail to “bundle up” with their carrier before leaving the country. Many times, the bundle isn’t enough. One 5 megapixel picture sent or received via MMS or email can use 2-3MB of data. At international roaming rates without a bundle, that can cost as much as $40. Even a 3-4 minute video from YouTube or an iTunes song download can chew down on 5MB of data. At the last AT&T rate I saw of $0.0195 per KB that is going to be expensive. With 1024KBs in a single MB, that’s 5,120KBs. That song may have had a price tag of only $0.99, but it cost $99.84 to download on international roaming.

As the 4G network expands the smart phones will speed up. Apps continue to become bigger and better, so it stands to reason that data usage will increase astronomically. Networks are not only seeing dollar signs by implementing these tiers but are working to ensure they do not exceed their capacity to deliver. Unlimited data plans may soon be a thing of the past in the US and abroad. As consumers, we need to educate ourselves on how data works and what tools and devices use more data than others. We cannot continue to take the data used by these gadgets for granted.