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Voice and data rental for the World Judo Championships

The World Judo Championships 2010 is held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo on the 9th – 13th September.

Your standard UK mobile handset will not necessarily be compatible when travelling to Japan and if it is then roaming charges can be extortionately high. Japan is in one of the most expensive roaming zones in the world.

You can rent a Japanese mobile solution from Cellhire for the duration of the Judo Championships to ensure you stay in touch for less when visiting the Far East. It will save you money on incoming and outgoing calls and you will benefit from the best network coverage available in Japan. You can even stay connected to email and the internet, cost effectively by renting an International BlackBerrysolution.

Visit Japan SIM card rental for more information.

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Cost effective communication for IBC Amsterdam

The IBC is an annual event held at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam, 9th – 14th September. The event is hosted for ‘professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide’. The event attracts 45,000 attendees from over 140 different countries.

For anyone attending the IBC event, Cellhire offers the best value for money on voice and data rental, ensuring you stay connected for less whilst in Amsterdam.

Renting a voice solution using the Vodafone network in Amsterdam can typically save you up to 70% compared to roaming (using your existing SIM card). Cellhire offers free incoming calls in Holland and has a range of state of the art mobile phones and smartphones available for hire.

Our USB Modems and MiFi devices are also available for short term hire to offer you cost effective access to email, social networking sites and web surfing; simply rent for the duration of the IBC and return the equipment to us when you’ve finished with it.

Should you be extending your trip and travelling throughout Europe, rent a European BlackBerrysolution from Cellhire. BlackBerry gives you all the benefits of a mobile phone, with flexible access to email and the Internet. ‘Push’ email means no dial up or waiting is required and you can view attachments and make voice calls from one handheld device. Cellhire’s European BlackBerry rental is a cost effective, all in one data solution for use throughout Europe.

To rent a local Netherlands SIM card or European BlackBerry solution visit cellhire

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Champion call charges from Cellhire

The 18th Badminton World Championships 2010 takes place from 23rd – 29th August. This year the event will be hosted in Paris, France.

If you are travelling to Paris to attend the event, be it as an official, a spectator or a competitor fighting for the title of World Champion rent a French SIM card from Cellhire to avoid high roaming charges whilst in France.

Hiring a SIM card and mobile phone from Cellhire on the Orange France network will typically save you up to 70% compared to using your existing SIM card and roaming. If you wish to use your existing phone, simply rent a French SIM card from Cellhire for the duration of your trip.

Visit destination france for further information.

Not only can Cellhire offer French SIM cards to reduce the cost of your mobile bill, but we also boast an impressive portfolio of cost saving solutions including smartphones, USB Modems and MiFi devices, all of which can be utilised with a French SIM card to reduce your data bill whilst in France.

Cellhire has an office based in France so is perfectly placed to offer you 24/7 customer and technical support should you need it.

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Introducing Cellhire DataManager®

Cellhire has launched yet another value added service aptly named DataManager. DataManager is designed to give customers the flexibility to monitor their own data usage when using a USB Modem or MiFi device from Cellhire.

Using a data product like a USB modem or MiFi device abroad has the potential to become expensive if careful usage checks are not put in place. DataManager is a piece of software that just does that. It installs onto a laptop and keeps track of the total amount of data used by the USB modem or MiFi device. It can be configured to alert you as you approach a pre-determined data limit using a simple quota system. Simply set the quota e.g 5GB and choose to be warned when you get within, say, 10% of this value. DataManager continues to remind you as you approach the limit and you decide whether to reschedule the reminder, dismiss it or perhaps re-set the quota.

DataManager sits quietly in your system tray and only pops up to alert you or when you require more information on your data use. It’s simple to use, easy to install and allows you to monitor your data usage to avoid overage fees.

Peter Whelerton, Head of IS comments “It’s important that our customers understand all the ways a PC might use data, from background updates to watching movies, we want to equip our customers with the knowledge to manage their data.”

DataManager only measures data accessed through the USB modem or MiFi device so if you use a wireless network in a hotel, a Wi-Fi hotspot or plug it in to your network at home/work, that data won’t be counted in the figures. This makes it easy to keep an accurate track on the amount of billable data.

“Cellhire is committed to continuously improving its internal processes and is proud of its ISO (Quality) accreditation. Our employees are highly qualified and committed to providing the best possible customer experience. At Cellhire, we strive to give our customers the tools they need to save them money so they come back to us time and time again” Angela Richards, Cellhire Quality Manager.

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Cost Effective communications for International Events

Cellhire specialises in meeting the needs of the events industry. It has the scale to service the FIFA World Cup 2010 and the Olympics 2012, but is equally at home supplying corporate sales conferences, exhibition organisers and smaller scale events.

Cellhire offers a vast range of mobile services specifically designed to save customers up to 70% in comparison to roaming. Our services are hassle free and guarantee to keep customers connected for less regardless of where in the world the event is hosted.

Chris Power, International Events Executive comments “Cellhire offers specific event rental packages to media professionals that can be tailored to meet their individual needs. For journalists and photographers reporting on and taking photos at events, global coverage is imperative. Our clients rely on us to provide cost effective, high speed data solutions for uploading images and information within the quickest possible time. We offer a variety of short term solutions ranging from International SIM cards, smartphones, USB ModemsMiFi devices and satellite phones. We back up our comprehensive portfolio with a host of additional value added services including SMS Broadcast, High User Alert, Text My Bill and DataManager. And because we’re a rental company, our terms are flexible so there are no contractual tie-ins, you just rent the equipment for the duration of the event and then return it. Simple!”

Visit our events section for further information.

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Emergency medical evacuation services for travelers

The premier emergency medical evacuation service for travelers, this client specializes in worldwide medical transportation. They transport individuals who are hospitalized more than 150 miles from their home, either in the U.S. or abroad, to the hospital of their choice.

This upward company services a growing base of 50,000 members, comprising both individuals and companies. Members consist of a wide-range of travelers, from wealthy big-game safari hunters to study abroad college students. Families with elderly parents, sick individuals or those with disabilities also makeup a significant portion of their membership base.

The challenge

As annual membership increased, the client was looking for new ways to boost value to one of their elite programs. The company decided they would like to provide a global phone rental service, such as satellite phones, as an added benefit to their elite membership base.

In seeking a supplier of wireless rental services, it was important for the client to meet the following objectives:

  • Free international phone rental
  • Discounted satellite phone rental
  • Competitive and cost efficient call charges
  • Minimum effort by staff
  • Complete coverage and fulfillment of all orders
  • Enhance experience for clientele

The solution

The client chose Cellhire because of the added benefit of its services for their membership base. Cellhire created a value-added service that members found useful and relevant. Exclusive clientele now had a wide-range of wireless options for their overseas travel, contingency plans and security needs. Cellhire provided a portfolio of wireless services and equipment including satellite phones, wireless data cards and other cellular services.

The Cellhire team worked closely with the company’s staff to handle all member inquiries and assist in the selection of equipment that best fit their travel needs. The team also provided them with marketing materials and informative programs to help facilitate a seamless launch for their members. Members are now able to place orders directly online or by phone and receive their rental equipment before their trip. Furthermore, we ensure satellite phone stock levels are adequate to meet all their orders.

The results

Cellhire was able to immediately boost the value of the client’s elite membership program.

  • Cellhire created a custom satellite phone solution which included bundled minute packages for elite members, thus increasing membership sales for the company.
  • For adventurous client members, Cellhire provided contingency solutions for numerous mountain climbing expeditions, safaris and hunting trips, often in remote areas.
  • Throughout the 2008 hurricane season, Cellhire was able to fulfill all orders throughout the Gulf Coast region, providing appropriate equipment to client members even through global stock shortages.

Client feedback

“Cellhire adds a valuable benefit to our elite program. Our elite members have access to rent an international cell phone or a satellite phone. This allows them to stay connected to friends and family and to reach us in case of an emergency. Cellhire provides great customer service to our members and to our staff. Their representatives are knowledgeable of our program and provide service to our members weekly.”

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Preparing for Hurricane Season with Satellite Phones

For 6 months the Atlantic hurricane season affects more than 35 million homes and businesses throughout the Western Hemisphere. Millions live in fear as devastating force winds and torrential rain destroy power lines leaving many without electricity and unable to call for help.

Each year these powerful storm surges halt production throughout the Gulf Coast region of the United States, shutting down operations for many companies. When communications go-down, these businesses are left isolated from their customers, clients and the rest of the world. When land-based, cellular and radio telecom services become inoperable due to winds and flooding, satellite equipment are the only means of communication. In these situations, satellite networks such as Iridium and Thuraya are critical to communication.

Iridium satellite phones are an ideal backup communication service due to the network’s superior coverage footprint and high network service quality. As an Authorized Service Provider for Iridium products and services, companies like Cellhire play a key role in disaster preparedness and emergency response. In 2008, Cellhire helped more than 250 coastline companies stay connected throughout the intense hurricane season – particularly in the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

In disaster recovery situations, Cellhire provides wireless communication equipment including Iridium satellite phones to first responders, public safety personnel, and any individual or organization seeking dependable communications. Reliable Iridium satellite phones can be the only means of communication during post-hurricane conditions when cellular networks are often down and entire cities are plagued with power outages. Cellhire also assists many large and small businesses in preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies so they can rely on wireless service to keep their employees connected, productive and competitive.

Cellhire recommends that you prepare before the hurricane season. Prior to a hurricane hitting the coast there is always a tremendous demand for satellite phones which usually result in delays and delivery issues depending on the projected path of the hurricane. The company highly recommends arranging the purchase or rental of satellite phones prior to hurricane season. With the hurricane season starting in April, individuals and businesses seeking around-the clock connectivity are encouraged to contact Cellhire.