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Top 5 Tips on How to Reduce Roaming Charges

 The last thing you want while you’re traveling, whether for business or pleasure, is to be out of touch with everyone else. Global roaming can be expensive and often result in returning home to a hefty phone bill. Here are the top 5 tips on how to reduce you’re roaming charges;

1. Know How Much You’ve Used
Its easy while abroad to flick onto the internet from time to time, check your emails, update your Instagram and plan your routes with Google Maps, but do you know just how much data you’ve actually used? You can easily monitor what you’ve been using on iPhone by going to Settings > Cellular and then look under Cellular Data Usage. Here you can see your Current Period Roaming which will tell you how much data, in megabytes and kilobytes, you have used since your last reset. Reset your usage by scrolling to the bottom of the page before you travel and you can easily monitor your roaming usage. On Android, go to Settings > Data Usage, you can also opt to set yourself a data limit which will automatically stop your device from using data once the limit is reached.

2. Disable Data Roaming and Use WiFi
If you don’t want to run the risk of using too much data while away, the safest option would be to disable your data roaming. After disabling, your device will be completely WiFi reliant, meaning that you will only be able to connect to the internet when in a WiFi zone. However, although you won’t run the risk of being charged, WiFi signals can often fluctuate and become unreliable so bare that in mind.

3. Get a Data Bundle
Your phone’s network provider may be able to offer a cheap ‘add on’ or bolt on’ to your current deal. For a fixed fee each month, your network should provide additional roaming charges that are ideal for your usage. Ensure you research this before opting for this, as your network may not offer a suitable bundle for your intended roaming usage.

4. Download Offline Apps
If you know you’re going use apps while you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to check they are available offline. Download an offline app for maps so you don’t use data when you’re checking where you throughout the day or if you have an itinerary app, you can always check what’s on the agenda. Make sure to turn your data off before you travel and check that the apps are available offline, you don’t want to be finding out they’re not once you’re away!

5. Switch SIMs
Investing in an international SIM may actually be the most cost effective solution. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting and how you’re data usage will be charged. Easily stay connected with people in the same country as well as back home, with no overage to pay. Local SIMs can be bought in airports once you’ve landed, however, these may be pricey. If you’re looking to swap SIMs, Cellhire offers both international and European Data SIMs, with additional MiFis, starting from as low as £18.99.

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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.

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How to Set Up Email on an Android Phone

Setting up an email account on an Android: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

  1. Locate the email icon in the apps menu.

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  1. Enter your email address and password, then tap next.

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i. If you want to add another email to your account rather than set an email up:  Tap Menu > Settings > Manage Accounts > Add an Account.

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  1.  Choose your email account type. For business use, this is typically MICROSOFT EXCHANGE ACTIVESYNC.

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  1. You will then be directed to the Exchange Server Settings page. This might have ‘auto-filled’ so you may have to check that the information, including Domain/username and Exchange Server, are correct.

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  1.         Next, check and enter selections for syncing your email.

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  1. Your email is now set up. You will be prompted to give the account a name to easily differentiate between other accounts, should you also have them set up.

 

 

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How to Block a Number on iPhone

It’s often the case that we get bombarded and harassed by unknown numbers. This can become an annoyance and lead to frustration. If you’re one of the unlucky ones getting spammed with calls, messages or even FaceTime calls, there is a solution. Apple has designed a quick and easy way of blocking the nuisance calls from contacting you. Below are a number of methods of blocking numbers*.

Blocking a Number

1. Open the Phone app from your home screen

 

2. Tap on the Recent Calls list located on the bottom tab of the screen

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3. Locate the contact that you want to block and tap the ‘i’ Info symbol next to their name/number

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4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap ’Block this Caller

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Blocking Contacts on Messages and Facetime

1. Open the Settings Menu located on you home screen

2.Scroll down to Messages/Facetime

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3. Scroll down the screen to find and click ‘Blocked

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4. Tap ‘Add New’ to scroll down your contacts list to find the contact you wish to block

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Blocking Contacts Straight From Message Thread

1. Tap on the message thread and click ‘Details’ on the top right of the screen

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2. Proceed to click on the ‘i’ Info symbol on the right

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3. Scroll down the contacts information and click ‘Block this Caller

 

*These methods can only be carried out if you have the number/contact in your iPhone’s contact or recent calls list.

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How to Change the APN Settings on your iPhone

Access Point Name settings, otherwise known as APN, are the settings your phone needs in order to connect to data servers. With them, you’re able to connect from your carrier to the internet.

Without these settings, your phone cannot obtain the correct IP address or connect to the correct server; meaning no data. Your APN settings should automatically update and connect to your carrier’s servers when you insert your SIM.

If you are experiencing difficulty connecting to the internet or are losing data services, your APN settings may be wrong. If this is the case then you should contact your carrier as you may be at risk of being overcharged. It is important to remember that you should not change your APN settings unless instructed to do so by your carrier as you will need to use the same settings as them.

If you need to change your APN settings, you can find them on your iOS device in SETTINGS > CELLULAR > CELLULAR DATA and then enter the details given to you by your carrier. Updating your iOS will also reset the settings automatically.

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If you’ve purchased a SIM for international use then there may be a chance that you will have to input different settings manually if it doesn’t update automatically. These can be found in the SIMs instructions guide.

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How to set up an Android Phone

Setting up an Android: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

  1. Inserting your SIM card

Before switching on the device, ensure you insert your SIM. If you have a new SIM, once you switch on the device you will be prompted to enter the PIN number that came with the SIM. If you already have a working SIM you will not need a PIN. Please note that depending on the Android phone you have the SIM is often required to go in different places.

  1. Language selection

After inserting the SIM and turning on your device, the power button is typically found on the side of your phone, you will be required to select a language. There are more languages shown if you tap the highlighted corner in the default language box.

  1. Wi-Fi networks

If you are within a wireless network range, you will notice a number of Wi-Fi options displayed. Click on the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to and enter your password. You should then click connect. If you are not within Wi-Fi range or wish to skip this stage, you are able to do it later through your settings page.

  1. EULA & Diagnostic Data

After entering your Wi-Fi password, you will be asked to read and agree to the End User Licence Agreement for Software conditions. On the same page, you will be asked if you want to give consent to provide Diagnostic and Usage Data.

  1. Your Google account

If you have an existing Google account, here is the place to login. This will then restore any apps, contacts, mail and calendar events you have synced if you had a previous Android device. If you do not have a Google account, you can create one here. This is optional. You will then be prompted to share your locations with Google. This is shown via tick boxes.

  1. Your Samsung account

Again, this is optional, but is used when wanting to back up and restore your data anywhere and at any time.

  1. Thank you

After this, you will be diverted to a Thank you page where you can enter a name for your device to easily identify when using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. After you tap finish, you will have completed setting up your device. The date and time should automatically appear with the correct information however you can manually change them in settings.

  1. Insert micro-SD

To save internal storage on your device, it is a good idea to have a micro-SD card. This can usually be inserted into the side of the phone.

  1. Systems update

Once your device is up and running, it might pop up that the system needs updating. This is because it may not have been installed with the latest software. This does not have to be done straight away and usually takes a couple of minutes.

  1. Personalize your Android

After the setup is complete, you may wish to browse the settings and display menus to find the correct size and color of font as well as selecting your ideal background.