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Cellhire’s Paralympic contribution honoured by Sir Philip Craven MBE, President of the International Paralympic Committee.

September 27th 2016. York. During the Rio 2016 Paralympic and Olympic Games, telecommunications provider Cellhire delivered a record-breaking 22,000 connections, 4,000 of which were used during the Paralympics. This quickly became Cellhire’s most successful event to date after the Olympics at London 2012, with Cellhire providing service to over a dozen of the main Paralympic teams.

Children in the Rio 2016 Olympic Park enjoying the Paralympics as part of the #FilltheSeats campaign. © • IPC
Children in the Rio 2016 Olympic Park enjoying the Paralympics as part of the #FilltheSeats campaign. © • IPC

Keen to give back to the local Brazilian community and in support of the #filltheseats campaign initiated by Greg Nugent and backed by Prince Harry, Cellhire purchased 200 children’s tickets to enable underprivileged children in Brazil to attend the Rio Paralympics.

Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO said, “It was a real privilege to put something back into the local community and provide support for such an important campaign. The Paralympics and Olympics has steered a sizable part of 2016 and naturally we are extremely pleased with the record-breaking number of connections.”

In a personal letter to Cellhire, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, Sir Philip Craven MBE thanked Cellhire for the contribution “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your role in making the #filltheseats campaign such a global success.”

He continued, “Cellhire’s contribution and support for the campaign is much appreciated. Not only did it help us invite 15,000 young Brazilians to the Games but it also sent a message to families across Brazil that the Paralympics was not to be missed and something that they would never ever forget.”

Cellhire SIM CardCellhire is closely linked with the Paralympics and Olympics – thanks to its unique position as a preferred supplier of key mobile telecommunications equipment. Cellhire provides SIM cards, smartphones, MiFi devices (portable, wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms services to major global media organisations, sponsors, Paralympic and Olympic Federations, teams and other visitors at the events.

Further information regarding the #filltheseats campaign is available at Paralympic.org https://www.paralympic.org/news/filltheseats-campaign-closes-15000-brazilian-youngsters-attend-rio-2016 and via the official YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8zeeCHwmhs.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Paralympic and Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. Cellhire’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2008, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.

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iOS10: Making iMessage Personal

Described as the ‘biggest release of iOS ever’, Apple’s latest software update sports a vast array of new features compatible with any device including and past the iPhone 5.

Although updated features include added 3D touch options, an improved Control Center and an overall revamp on mobile design, it is the changes to iMessage that are the most impressive. With personalization on read receipts, gaming choices and new camera options, Apple’s iOS10 update makes messages ‘more personal than ever’.

Send drawings, heartbeats and more

Featuring a slightly new layout, iMessage now has a smaller message box to type in, to make room for the 3 added options on the left hand side.

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iOS10 integrates the App store into iMessage so users can quickly access apps and widgets to send to other contacts. Want to compete on games? You can now send the app straight to a friend and start playing! On the same tab, share GIFs, browse the internet and share music. Sharing online content has never been easier!

 

Digital Touch

‘Digital Touch Messages’ are also a new feature, allowing you to draw pictures and send them over iMessage. Draw in 7 different colors and share your affection by sending digital kisses and heartbeats. Be warned though, these message will only appear in your thread for 2 minutes before expiring unless otherwise saved by the recipient.

Want to send something even more personal? Turn your phone landscape and handwrite a message! Click send and recipients will receive a message hand written by you that will stay in the thread forever.

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Invisible Ink, Animations and Slam

iMessage also comes with the option to send your messages with an effect. Choose from four ‘Bubble’ effects or five ‘Screen effects’. Choose from the following ‘Bubble’ effects:
Invisible Ink – sends your message as a pixelated blur. The recipient has to tap the message in order to see the content.
Gentle – sends the text as small and gradually grows to normal size.
Loud – used to mimic shouting, the text bubble is sent as big, wobbles a little then shrinks back to normal size.
Slam – The message bubble is quite literally ‘slammed’ into the chat, leaving a puff of dust and making the previous messages tremor.

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The ‘Screen’ effects fill the whole screen once the message has been sent and you can choose from Balloons, Confetti, Lasers, Fireworks or a Shooting Star.

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Markup on Camera

Wanting to send a photo over iMessage? Easily navigate through your photo library and click on a photo to put it in your message. Want to take a new photo? A preview thumbnail will come up so you all you have to do is ‘capture’ the photo. Also, before you send it, not only can you edit the filter, you can actually draw, write and zoom in on certain parts on them too! Simply click ‘Mark up’ in the bottom left corner once you’ve clicked on the preview of the photo.

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Emoji Predictions

If you’ve installed iOS10, I don’t need to tell you that the Emojis have changed, they look very different. With more variety to choose from including a wider range of Emoji families, non-gender specific faces and a whole new bunch of faces too, should you choose to just send someone an emoji it will appear in your message 3 times the original. Yet this isn’t the only difference. iOS10 now auto analyses your message and picks out words that can be swapped for an emoji, this text will automatically highlight in orange and all you have to do is click on the text. Happy will turn into the smiling Emoji, present into the present, okay into the okay hand symbol and so on…

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Tapback

How many times a day do you respond to messages with a one word answer? Something like ‘okay’ or a laughing emoji? Well now you don’t even have to type anything out when responding to messages. With ‘Tapback’, either double click on hold down any message sent in a thread and iOS10 gives you the option to ‘like’, ‘dislike’, ‘love’, ‘laugh’ at, ‘emphasize’ or ‘question’ the message. Once you’ve clicked an option, it will appear in a bubble above the message and the recipient will get a notification to say you’ve reacted to a message.

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Read Receipts

Want someone to know you’ve seen their message? iOS10 now allows you to customise who specifically can see your read receipts. Leave your read receipts off in settings but turn on individual ones through the info in your message thread. Once switched on, this will automatically sync to all your devices where you’re signed in on iMessage.

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Cellhire gets behind the “#FillTheSeats” campaign to raise attendances at the Rio Paralympics

Cellhire has purchased 200 children’s tickets for the Rio Paralympics in support of the “Fill The Seats” campaign [#filltheseats] backed by Prince Harry to help raise attendances at the event by buying and giving away a total of 10,000 tickets to underprivileged children in Rio and beyond.

The tickets, costing US$30 each and totalling US$6000 [about £4500] for Cellhire, include entry to events, transport and food.

Cellhire is closely linked with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics – thanks to its position as a preferred supplier of vital mobile telecommunications equipment including SIM cards, smartphones, and MiFi devices (portable, wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms services to major global media organisations, sponsors, Olympic Federations and teams and other visitors at the events.

“We are very keen to put something back into the local community in Rio and beyond while giving support to the Paralympics, which we know are highly valued by Paralympians and sports fans the world over,” said Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO.

For the Rio Olympics Cellhire has delivered a record-breaking 20,000 connections, 4,000 of which will be used during the Paralympics which began yesterday, September 7th. This has been Cellhire’s most successful overseas event to date after London 2012.

Donations

Individuals can make donations online on a crowd funding page – https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/brazilian-kids-to-the-paralympics-filltheseats

That was set up by an individual, but, as of the 30th August, the IPC [International Paralympics Committee] and Rio 2016 announced a formal backing for it.