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Cellhire tackles roaming penalties at the Confederations Cup

Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, is supporting businesses and media organisations travelling to Brazil for the 2013 Confederations Cup with local, cost-saving communications solutions. Working with several Brazilian mobile networks, Cellhire is strengthening its presence in the region while planning ahead for the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016. The upcoming Confederations Cup kicking off in Brasilia on 15th June 2013 has provided an ideal opportunity for local partnerships to be established and perfected for future events.

The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international football tournament held every four years. It is contested by the holders of each of the six FIFA Confederation Championships, along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation. The competing teams in 2013 are Brazil, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Tahiti and Uruguay.

Cellhire is offering both Prepaid and Postpaid solutions to those travelling to the region, with local and international voice, data and smartphone solutions available on flexible, short term contracts. Cellhire is supplying over 1,000 connections to a number of media organisations covering the event from the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and Japan as well as Brazilian hospitality companies supporting some of the key corporate sponsors of the Confederations Cup.

The available solutions offer competitive rates and unique pricing on closed group call rates, saving money on calls between Cellhire customers and benefiting large organisations making high volumes of calls between colleagues. Cellhire’s Brazil bound customer base will be supported locally in Brazil during major events with local delivery, 24hr support and equipment through fulfilment agreements with local companies.

Tim Williams, Chairman and CEO of Cellhire says, “This has been a critical time for us to be developing relationships in Brazil with such high profile events on the horizon. The solutions we have available in the region are now comprehensive and I am delighted with our progress in readying our propositions for 2014 and beyond.”

Cellhire’s partnerships enable the Company to offer big savings over traditional roaming services to spectators, competing teams and media groups as they travel to Brazil for high profile events in the region, such as the imminent Confederations Cup, FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Cellhire achieved a record breaking year in 2012 supplying over 20,000 connections at the London Olympics. The Company intends to continue this momentum at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 following the opening of a new office in Moscow in September 2012. The Moscow office will support the Cellhire customer base as the FIFA World Cup travels from Brazil to Russia in 2018.

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Cellhire tackles roaming penalties in Brazil at the Confederations Cup

Confederations Cup 2013Cellhire, the international wireless solutions specialist, is supporting businesses and media organizations traveling to Brazil for the 2013 Confederations Cup with local, cost-saving communications solutions. Working with several Brazilian mobile networks, Cellhire is strengthening its presence in the region while planning ahead for the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016. The upcoming Confederations Cup kicking off in Brasilia on 15th June 2013 has provided an ideal opportunity for local partnerships to be established and perfected for future events.

The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international soccer tournament held every four years. It is contested by the holders of each of the six FIFA Confederation Championships, along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation. The competing teams in 2013 are Brazil, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Tahiti and Uruguay.

Cellhire is offering both Prepaid and Postpaid solutions to those traveling to the region, with local and international voice, data and smartphone solutions available on flexible, short term contracts. Cellhire is supplying over 1,000 connections to a number of media organizations covering the event from the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and Japan as well as Brazilian hospitality companies supporting some of the key corporate sponsors of the Confederations Cup.

The available solutions offer competitive rates and unique pricing on closed group call rates, saving money on calls between Cellhire customers and benefiting large organizations making high volumes of calls between colleagues. Cellhire’s Brazil bound customer base will be supported locally in Brazil during major events with local delivery, 24hr support and equipment through fulfilment agreements with local companies.

Tim Williams, Chairman and CEO of Cellhire says, “This has been a critical time for us to be developing relationships in Brazil with such high profile events on the horizon. The solutions we have available in the region are now comprehensive and I am delighted with our progress in readying our propositions for 2014 and beyond.”

Cellhire’s partnerships enable the Company to offer big savings over traditional roaming services to spectators, competing teams and media groups as they travel to Brazil for high profile events in the region, such as the imminent Confederations Cup, FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Cellhire achieved a record breaking year in 2012 supplying over 20,000 connections at the London Olympics. The Company intends to continue this momentum at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 following the opening of a new office in Moscow in September 2012. The Moscow office will support the Cellhire customer base as the FIFA World Cup travels from Brazil to Russia in 2018.

Travel

All you need to know about renting a travel phone

Once you’ve rented, you’ll never go back.

Below we have some of our customer’s most commonly asked questions about reducing cell phone costs when traveling abroad. If you’re not sure about renting or if you don’t know why you should rent then take a look at our answers below.

I just want to make calls back home cheaply. What do I need? International-Phone-Rental

If you’re not interested in having all the bells and whistles of internet access when you travel and you just want to take a phone so you can make calls to the office or home that are nice and cheap then why not rent one?

We can offer you a SIM card rental for your own phone with free incoming calls or if you’d rather take the whole package that simply works when you get there then for little extra, we’ll give you a phone guaranteed to work where you’re traveling to. We also offer a call forwarding service that route calls to your own cell number through to your rental so you never miss a call.

Do you have internet products I can use abroad?

If you take your own phone with you on business or on holiday, unless you have deep pockets you will be turning data roaming off and disabling all of your smartphone/tablet/iPad features. If you are traveling and roaming with your own devices, this is the smart thing to do because it can be painfully expensive.

If you want to keep all of those online features such as Facebook, internet access and other apps, then you can take one of our MiFi devices either for Europe or for your individual destination. With a Mifi you can connect all of your WiFi devices (up to five at once!) to one fast, mobile internet connection.

I really want to take my iPhone. Can you help?

iPhone-abroad
iPhone SIMs are great if you want to take your own iPhone abroad.

We have an increasing number of iPhone SIM cards available for key European destinations. All come with a generous data allowance and great call rates (free for incoming calls). As with our SIM and cell phone rentals, we offer the option to route all calls to your own cell number through to your rental so you never miss a call.

How long can I rent for?

The short answer is for as long as you like. Many of our products including our SIM card rentals, cell phone rentals and most of our MiFi devices you can rent on a daily basis and tailor to your trip length. Some of our other products are monthly or weekly rentals because we can offer better value for money this way on data allowances for example.

What happens when I rent? What do I have to do?

Our rental process is designed to be as easy for you as possible. Place your order online and your equipment will be delivered to your door, tested and ready to use. You equipment will arrive with simple instructions and we will always be available on the other end of the phone with 24 hour global support if you need it. When you return home, simply put your equipment in the prepaid return envelope and post it back to us. That’s it, you’re done and you’ve saved lots of money.

 

Travel

What do the green and blue colors mean on iPhone Messages?

What do the green and blue colors mean on iPhone Messages?
(and how can this save me money when roaming abroad?)

When you message someone on an iPhone you’ll notice that sometimes the messages are blue and sometimes they are green. Why the different colors? Well, it’s all to do with something that Apple calls iMessage.

Green means the message was sent via SMS/Text across the mobile phone network
Blue means the message was sent via iMessage across the internetiphone-blue-green-messages

When you write a message, the iPhone will first check to see if it can send the message using data (across the internet). If your phone is connected to the internet and the person you are messaging is also connected (and using iMessage) then the message will squirt across the internet. This is what makes iPhone to iPhone SMS free – it’s not really using SMS at all! If the message is green then it means you aren’t connected to the internet and the message will instead go by traditional SMS.

So how can this help you save money roaming? Well – when you’re roaming abroad, SMS can become pretty expensive. You might find yourself spending 50c per message in some countries. But, if you connect to local free WiFi or get yourself  something like a roaming data bundle and MiFi Device then the iPhone will do the rest and attempt to deliver your messages over the internet instead. And it uses next to no data.

You can even change the settings on your iPhone to ONLY use iMessage and not use SMS at all. Just go into Settings/messages and change “Send as SMS” to Off. If you combine this with the setting to turn off Cellular Data (and only use wifi) then you will protect yourself from most of the “easy” ways to run up large bills when abroad.

Hints & Tips

What to dial from abroad – International Dialing Codes

When sending a text message or making a call you will need to use an international dialing code. To find out which country code you need, check out our list below. You will need to prefix the number you are calling/texting with the appropriate country code to get to the intended recipient. Any we’ve missed? Just ask.

E.g. When making a call from the UK to your friend’s in New York you will need to dial +1 (the code for the USA) and then the phone number of your friend, if you are dialing a land line number don’t forget the area code and remove the first zero if there is one.

Country Country Code Band
   Argentina +54 GSM 900
   Australia +61 GSM 900
   Austria +43 GSM 900/1800
   Belarus +375 GSM 900/1800
   Belgium +32 GSM 900/1800
   Brazil +55 GSM 900/1800
   Canada +1 GSM 850/1900
   China +86 GSM 900
   Cyprus +357 GSM 900/1800
   Czech Republic +420 GSM 900/1800
   Denmark +45 GSM 900/1800
   Egypt +20 GSM 900
   Estonia +372 GSM 900/1800
   Finland +358 GSM 900/1800
   France +33 GSM 900/1800
   Germany +49 GSM 900/1800
   Greece +30 GSM 900/1800
   Hong Kong +852 GSM 900/1800
   Hungary +36 GSM 900/1800
   India +91 GSM 900/1800
   Ireland +353 GSM 900/1800
   Italy +39 GSM 900/1800
   Japan +81 3G 1700/2100
   Latvia +371 GSM 900/1800
   Lithuania +370 GSM 900/1800
   Luxembourg +352 GSM 900/1800
   Malta +356 GSM 900
   Mexico +52 GSM 1900
   Netherlands +31 GSM 900/1800
   New Zealand +64 GSM 900
   Norway +47 GSM 900/1800
   Poland +48 GSM 900/1800
   Portugal +351 GSM 900/1800
   Slovakia +421 GSM 900
   Slovenia +386 GSM 1800
   Spain +34 GSM 900/1800
   Sweden +46 GSM 900/1800
   Turkey +90 GSM 900
   United Kingdom +44 GSM 900/1800
   USA +1 GSM 1900