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What is 5G, how can it be used and why do you need it?

5G to those inexperienced in the technology field refers to fifth generation mobile networks and is essentially a development upon the previous mobile network generation. With that in mind and many new features and benefits promised with the introduction of 5G, it is no surprise that the launch is eagerly anticipated! Therefore this blogpost has been carefully designed to provide you with essential details surrounding 5G, ranging from its release date to how it could benefit you.

When will 5G become available?

The 5G networks are already in the testing phase of their development and it is expected that the earliest 5G ready smartphones could enter the market later in 2018, with 5G becoming more widespread in spring 2019. With that said it could be just 9 months before 5G becomes readily available for you (too long to wait, we know!).  The US as a nation is lucky enough to be one of the opening beneficiaries of 5G, alongside other countries such as China, Japan and South Korea- hopefully that makes the long and anxious wait for 5G that little bit easier!

What speeds will 5G offer its users?

Consumers lucky enough to access 5G in the near future will be able to take advantage of significantly increased speeds than those offered by the predecessor 4G. Users currently operating a device equipped with 4G connections can benefit from theoretical network speeds of up to 300Mbps on an advanced 4G LTE Network (is it really that slow?), whereas 5G will provide smartphone users with download speeds potentially over 100 times as fast (we are being serious, I promise!). Such speedy connections will facilitate the connection of multiple Internet of Things solutions such as Smart Receptions and Buildings. For those enjoying leisure and free time, the transition to the 5G Network will also be beneficial for streaming video content- almost eliminating the inconvenient stresses of buffering and lag time.

Broadband Solutions

Tired of unreliable broadband or WiFi connections in your home? Are you forever waiting for files to download or emails to send? You could be in luck, 5G is sure to form a welcome addition into your life! The introduction of 5G into the market is being heavily tipped as an eventual replacement service for your current home internet service- could this be the answer to all your internet speed problems? The honest answer is yes, but you could have to wait a while longer (quite a while longer!) with progress on this development very much in the trial stage, although both AT&T and Verizon having invested heavily into this.

What can 5G achieve?

It is suspected 5G will be pivotal to achieving a wide range of technological enhancements, with uses ranging from practicalities to leisure activities. One leisure activity in particular where 5G can be used to improve the overall user experience is that of Virtual Reality or VR for short. Virtual Reality is a concept that has been developing continually for a number of years, however it is alleged that with the introduction of a 5G network, users of VR will be able to benefit from access to live chats in real worlds- indicating further advancements in VR. On a level of practicality, 5G can be used to enhance the functionality of self-driving cars. Once launched 5G is suspected to speed up the development of self-driving cars, with each vehicle being equipped with sensors- facilitating communication with other vehicles and also the ability to track location. With that said 5G provides the perfect opportunity to avoid that awkward conversation with a taxi driver!

Alter your Data Plan!

Whilst it is apparent 5G will bring a wide range of advantages to those fortunate enough to access it, it will be a heavy form of data consumption (don’t say we didn’t warn you!). It is foreseen that the benefits associated with 5G will mean that the fifth generation of mobile networks will be nothing short of a data guzzler! People who regularly use up or exceed their current data plan, would consume their entire month’s data allowance in under a week, should they use 5G to the same extent and with the same sized data bundle- you have been warned!  5G is incoming, it’s time to start saving!

Upgrade your Phone!

In order to have access to a 5G connection, you will be required to upgrade to a device that is capable of supporting 5G. It is heavily anticipated that most devices launched and available for sale/rental from 2019 will be compatible with 5G, therefore by the time 5G becomes widespread, identifying a device capable of supporting 5G will be straightforward. Whilst having to upgrade to a new device may involve higher financial implications, the benefits of using 5G will definitely make your investment worthwhile- just think of those download speeds!

 

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What is Iridium Certus and how can it be used?

Introducing Iridium Certus

Exciting news is set to arrive in the telecoms industry, with Earth surface wide providers of voice and data coverage to satellite phones, Iridium, pledging to invest $3 billion into researching and developing an upgrade of their satellite network. The proposed development which is set to be the biggest of Iridium’s Satellite Network in 20 years, is believed to be available as early as June 2018, although it is not expected that all desired services will be fully functional by then. Iridium has aptly named this development Certus (which is originally derived from Latin and translates to mean translates ‘sure’ or ‘certain’).  With a $3 billion upgrade on the cards, it’s time to find out what’s involved and how Iridium Certus will be used- and above all will it prove to be a ‘certain’ success!

How does it work?

The $3 billion revamp of Iridium’s satellite network, will focus on creating a brand new network of brand new satellites located in the earths low orbit (66 to be precise!), which is enabled by the Iridium NEXT. It has been estimated that Iridium Certus will be capable of providing its users with broadband speeds reaching the dizzy heights of 1.4 Mbps (this is astoundingly fast for Satellite!). The aforementioned 66 low orbit satellites, coupled with L-band transmissions from its user ensures that the Certus network will not be damaged or interrupted as a result of adverse weather conditions. On top of this, through using L-band connectivity, Iridium Certus intends to provide an innovative broadband service, designed to serve the entire earth- you really can stay connected wherever you are!

Where will it work?

The innovative nature of Iridium Certus combined with a great deal of research and development has enabled Iridium to provide a service with capabilities facilitating usage over both land and sea, as well as taking you to aviation heights! With that said, you’ll struggle to find an industry unable to take advantage of Certus’ perks!

Land: With a goal of connecting the entire planet, Iridium Certus could prove to be an imperative tool across multiple industries, with almost every land based sector catered for. It is envisaged that Iridium Certus will provide a perfect solution whether its service is required for personal, commercial or military usage. The versatility of Iridium Certus will guarantee connection in the remotest of locations aiding deliveries and the like for individual and corporate purposes- worried about a lost delivery, never again! Another core user able to benefit from Iridium Certus is response units and will prove to serve as an effective means of communication during day to day emergencies. Additionally Iridium Certus will be paramount to response units addressing periods of crisis and natural disasters; not only will this facilitate situational awareness, it will also allow for potential lifesaving information to be transferred. Furthermore, Iridium intends for Certus to be used in Military training exercises before being incorporated into military operations. Is there really a land based situation where Iridium Certus can’t be taken advantage of?

Sea: Setting sail from the shore and worrying about a lack of connection? Think again! Shipping or cruising, commercial or leisure, Iridium Certus is sure to meet your needs when sailing the seven seas. The L-band frequency incorporated into Iridium Certus means that weather will not influence the quality of connection- an essential factor to consider when out at sea! This uninterrupted access to connection provided by Certus, makes the service suitable for shipping and leisure purposes alike, ranging from navigational and sensory devices to simply checking emails or browsing the web. Iridium Certus also prides itself on being able to provide connections to businesses with off shore bases such as rigs, these are utilized by operated unmanned sensors- gone are the days of being isolated for months off shore!

Air: Internet connection whilst on the plane? Never has a long haul flight flown by quicker (pardon the aerospace pun!). It is envisaged that Iridium Certus will have the capabilities to provide high speed broadband to aircrafts. Iridium Certus provides the perfect solution to keeping both crew and travelers connected whilst in the air. The adaptability and size of Iridium Certus, has led to the design of miniature antennas sized less than 6 cm in height- this makes Certus the ideal solution for providing broadband connectivity on aircraft regardless of shape or size! With its benefits of passenger occupancy and malleable installation, the question on all of our minds really is how long will it be before Certus becomes a mainstay in air travel?

Summary

With an innovative approach fueled by extensive investment, Iridium Certus offers huge potential across a range of different fields (oceans and heights!) of industry. The ability to serve as a useful tool and provide connection to such a broad range of businesses and individuals alike, creates the perfect pre requisites to help Iridium achieve its objective of connecting the entire planet! It would be fair to say Iridium Certus is ‘sure’ to be a ‘certain’ success!

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Android or iOS: The best choice for you

Android or iOS? iPhone or other? These are questions/arguments that are hotly contested and widely debated throughout society! Whether in the office, socializing with friends or even at the family dinner table it’s a subject that’s come up before and is sure to have ended in disagreement. With that said this blogpost is designed to settle this argument once and for all- whether there’s a clear winner (we’ve all got our favourite!), or the pros and cons of both user interfaces are identified remains to be seen! As to whether we can help you have a change of heart or mind also remains to be seen- we’ll certainly aim to help you find the best choice for you!

Personal Assistant:

Talking to your smartphone and using at as a go to source of research is an increasingly popular trend- please welcome the Personal Assistant! The obvious comparison here is between the generic Personal Assistant for Android’s, Google Assistant and iOS’s Personal Assistant Siri. In Google Assistant, Android has provided the perfect solution for a standard Personal Assistant, it listens to your to your request when online or offline and provides you with an answer when connection is available. However, an interesting and engaging Personal Assistant, Google Assistant is not- step forward please Siri. Siri the favored and pre-installed Personal Assistant on all Apple devices offers a fun and interactive persona and even tells jokes when asked! All this is done whilst still meeting all the standard requirements of a Personal Assistant, such as setting reminders or searching the web. With Siri the clear winner when compared with Google Assistant, Android users will be pleased to know Google Assistant isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to Personal Assistants for your Android. Fancy trying Cortana or Bixby?

 

Affordability: What suits you?

Choosing a Smartphone and a preferred operating system often depends on factors such as budget as well as personal preference. Apple focuses on high end, high quality devices. Whilst this ensures the end consumer is provided with a luxurious high quality end product, it also prices a significant number of consumers out of the market. Alternatively, choosing Android as an operating system opens up a market offering a wider range of devices from a variety of different manufacturers. This ensures Android phones are available across a varied assortment of price brackets. Not to be outdone by a competitor Android also offers equally matched high end devices alongside cheaper alternatives. Based on their ability to provide an operating system accessible to a wider target audience Android wins this one!

Apps: Google Play vs App Store

Like with most elements of comparison between two operating systems it really is a case of personal preference, a case that is no different when it comes to apps available on each system! When comparing suitable apps for both Android and iOS, it is largely an argument of quantity or quality. On the one hand, the Google Play Store the home of Android apps proudly boasts over 3.5million apps, thus providing a wide array of choice for the end user. On the other hand the iOS equivalent, the App store lists approximately 2 million apps. Whilst this is somewhat more restrictive than the offerings of their Android counterpart, Apple’s strict guidelines ensure that users are presented with a quality all round app.  Additionally with only a limited number of iPhone models, iOS avoids the issue of app fragmentation sometimes experienced on Android devices, due to the range of manufacturers and models. Therefore regarding apps, it really is a case of whether you prefer quality or quantity- after all everyone likes a fully functioning app, don’t they? iOS edges this one (sorry Android users!).

 

Security: Accessing your smartphone

Unlocking your Smartphone offers a certain degree of variance regardless of your device or operating system. The main difference between an iOS operating device to that of an Android is the variance of unlocking features. Whilst devices operating under the Android system are restricted to just a passcode or an arranged unlocking pattern- both easily forgotten for one reason or another! Consumers using iPhones operating under Android’s counterpart iOS, are treated to a wider range of options to unlock their device, with the mundane, generic passcode being complimented by the much sought after Apple touch ID. Touch ID allows users to unlock their fingerprint; further enhancing security- after all you can’t forget your own fingerprints can you?  Isn’t technology brilliant! With iOS seemingly streets ahead of Android at present, when it comes to security and unlocking your smartphone, it would be fair to say iOS beats Android to this title!

Latest Features of the operating system:

The latest updates of each operating system Android Oreo and iOS 11 were released in August and September 2017 respectively, with both offering their eagerly awaiting consumers a range of new and exclusive features. The key feature many Android enthusiasts will be boasting about is ‘Picture-in-Picture’ (and no it’s not just two pictures!). This unique feature incorporates the ability to shrink videos or directions into a reduced thumbnail- this enables you to carry out multiple tasks on your device whilst still paying monitoring your video or navigation. A smartphone that can multitask- who said Smartphones were the new humans? Whilst a key feature offered through iOS 11, is the ability to combine Apple Pay and iMessage- it really is as simple as sending a message, an exciting prospect that all the Apple fanatics can be heard talking about. With iOS 11, paying contacts has never been easier, after all who wants to venture all the way to the bank or open a mobile banking app just to transfer a measly $5? With both Android Oreo and iOS 11, offering effective time saving features as part of their latest updates- both parties really are catering for the increasingly busy schedules of the modern smartphone user. With that said, this one is a tie!

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How to block a number from your iPhone

With the internet, use of smartphones and technology largely a good thing, providing mostly good results (mostly), their use throughout society has grown astronomically! But with that said, there has been the unwanted side effect of a rise in the number spam and prank calls. With this becoming a growing issue, the process of blocking such numbers is a question on the minds of many individuals. Therefore knowing how to avoid these tiresome and frustrating issues in the future, is of great importance.  A common option to prevent spam callers or contacts, is to ring up your network provider and ask them to block certain numbers. However, this is a task that can prove particularly time consuming. The following guide provides a hassle free, manual approach to block numbers from your iPhone, through either Phone, Facetime or Messages whilst only requiring a small amount of your time.  The guide will also elaborate on managing blocked numbers.

Phone App: Blocking numbers from the within the Phone App is a straightforward and simplistic process. Firstly open the Phone App by pressing the green phone icon, as though you were about to make a call or open the contact list. Having completed this, the next step is to open Recents before identifying the appropriate number. Once you have identified the number you wish to block, select the i icon next to your chosen phone number- scrolling down to the bottom of the screen, the final option is entitled Block this Caller. Told you it was straightforward (we weren’t lying!).

 

FaceTime App: The development and advancement over time has seen the creation of the video calling app FaceTime which has seen a massive increase in popularity. But this isn’t to say you won’t need to block a contact on FaceTime- we all have that one annoying friend! To block a contact through FaceTime, the first step is to ensure the FaceTime app is open (obvious yes, but we wouldn’t want you to forget!). After completing this, tap your FaceTime contacts, before pressing the i icon next to the contact/number you wish to block. Lastly scroll down the screen until you reach Block this Caller.

 

Messages App: Is it that annoying friend striking again? Or just another advertisement? Constant spam through in message form is particularly irritating and can soon become tiresome- not to worry you can block these numbers at the switch of a button (or 4!). Firstly open the Settings icon, before scrolling down to click Messages. Once you have identified the messages option, tap the Blocked option- this will present you with the option of Add New, select this to type in the number which you would like to block. There you have it the switch of four buttons!

 

Unblocking Numbers/Managing Contacts: For those thinking it was strange that we suggested blocking the number of just an annoying friend (I’m sure many of you were!). So to avoid any unnecessary awkwardness, numbers can be unblocked just as easily as the blocking process. Following a four step procedure almost identical to that of blocking a number through the Message app, a number can be unblocked simply and quickly. To start this procedure tap the Settings icon, having opened this, the next step is to select Messages. From here tap the Blocked option (this is starting to sound very familiar!). After having completed these three steps, it’s time for the actual unblocking of the number, to do this Swipe Left over the number.

 

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Cellhire Marks 30th Anniversary with Charitable Donation to Unicef

Cellhire, global mobile communications provider, currently celebrating 30 Years of Innovation, has made a charitable donation to Unicef.

Rather than sending Christmas cards and corporate gifts to customers, Cellhire made the decision to contribute £2018 to support Unicef’s relief efforts in Rohingya, to help children fleeing violence.

Unicef is working day and night to meet the needs of over 600,000 Rohingya children at risk in both Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Why Unicef?

For over 70 years, Unicef has worked to improve the lives of children and their families. In an emergency, children can lose everything.

Today, children in places like Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and Ukraine are caught up in violent conflict, with millions forced to flee their homes.

Others, in countries such as Nepal, Haiti and the Philippines, have seen their communities destroyed by natural disasters like earthquakes, typhoons and flooding.

Wherever and whenever children are caught up in emergencies, Unicef staff are on the ground, providing immediate, life-saving care and supplies, as well as lasting support to help families rebuild their lives.

To read more about Unicef’s aid work for children in danger, please go to www.unicef.org.uk

Donations

Individuals can make donations online – https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/

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 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 9001:2015, 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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Specialist global telecoms provider Cellhire, opens new office in Switzerland

UK-based Cellhire has opened a new office in the Basel area – its first in Switzerland – to capitalise on the expanding Swiss market and build a platform to grow its large corporate, NGO and sports customer base.

Cellhire has a global footprint coupled with an unrivalled network portfolio which, in the context of the mobile telecommunications market, is unique. This helps Cellhire win worldwide business and differentiates it from other telecommunications companies, large and small.

Within the telecommunications industry Cellhire is famous for its ability to service many large international events including Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, Cannes Film Festival and Tour de France, working with top-tier sponsors, print and broadcast media and sporting federations among others. Apart from events, Cellhire has a well-established base of corporate customers and also supplies the consumer travel and education markets.

Florence Lebranchu, Business Development Director, DACH Region at Cellhire, said: “Our new office in Switzerland is a fantastic opportunity for Cellhire to break into the strong NGO and sports market in Switzerland and build on the success achieved at the Rio Olympics in which Cellhire supplied 22,000 connections, including telecoms for 15 of the major Olympic teams.”

Cellhire has already secured major clients for voice and data connections in Switzerland, with some customers also choosing to partner with its sister company Vismo, to track and protect their staff operating overseas in high risk areas.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider, currently celebrating 30 years of innovation. 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 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.

For further information, please visit www.cellhire.ch, call +41 32 467 1076 or email switzerland@cellhire.com

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Cellhire: 30 Years of Innovation

Over the last three decades, Cellhire has successfully gained recognition as a global service provider specializing in wireless solutions. With over 100 mobile network partners worldwide, Cellhire is a supplier to organizers and business during events such as the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. During these 30 years, mobile phones have evolved from ‘the brick’, pocket sized flip and slide devices, to touchscreen handsets providing information, connectivity and entertainment.

1987

  • Cellhire was established.

1991

  • The Orbitel TPU 901 became the very first GSM phone to launch. As this was one of the first mobile advancements, Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia were soon to follow, bringing out their own GSM devices a few months later.
  • 2G cellular telecom digital networks were launched in Finland, to support secure calling. 2G would soon be launched worldwide.

1992

  • Via the Vodafone network, on an Orbitel TPU 901, “Merry Christmas” was the very first SMS ever sent.

1994

  • The Nokia 2110 became the first Nokia handset to include a choice of ringtones including the ‘Grande Valse’, which would later become known as the Nokia ringtone. At the time, the 2110 was Nokia’s second GSM device and was the most desired handset in Europe.
  • Orange branded the Nokia 2110 as the first Orange phone. In order to sell it to its customers as a different model, it became the Nokia 2140.
  •  Charged at $1,099, IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator became one of the first attempts at a touchscreen device. It was the first device lacking physical buttons, making it completely touchscreen.
  • Ericsson invented Bluetooth in 1994, as a wireless communication technology. Ericsson, Nokia, IBM, Intel and Toshiba later came together in 1998 to form the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

1996

  • Motorola’s StarTAC became the first flip phone, priced at $1,000. It is also the first device to include a vibrate alert function.
  • Cellhire USA opened.

1997

  • The Siemens S10 became the first phone, made accessible to the public, to feature a colored screen.
  • The Nokia 6110 gained popularity due to the preinstalled game of ‘Snake’.
  • Cellhire France opened.

1998

  • 3G telecom networks were launched commercially.
  • The number of mobile phones sold worldwide surpassed the combined sales of cars and PCs.

1999

  • The first wireless Application Protocol devices are introduced. WAP allowed the Nokia 7110 to become the first device able to access the internet over a wireless network.
  • Cellhire became a service provider for O2.

2000

  • The J-SHO4, launched by Sharp, was the world’s first camera phone, featuring 0.11 megapixels. However, the device was only available in Japan.

2001

  • The Mitsubishi Trium Eclipse came out as the first device with a full color display.
  • FoneFix, a subsidiary company of Cellhire was established.

2002

  • The Sony Ericsson T68i sends the very first picture message via the T-Mobile network. The devices was not a camera phone but instead, users had to attach a separate file. This feature cost an extra £20 a month on contracts.
  • The Nokia 7650 slider device was the very first, commercially available, camera phone featuring a 0.3 megapixel camera.
  • Blackberry introduced their first phone, Blackberry 5810, as a corporate device. The device lacked speakers and required headphones to make a phone call.

2004

  • Motorola released the ultra-thin Razr, available in customizable colors. The device was a hit and over 110 million devices were sold.
  • Cellhire gained the ‘Investors in People’ Award.

 

2005

  • Google purchased Android for $150 million.
  • Cellhire Japan opened.
  • Cellhire was awarded the ‘Queens Award for International Enterprise’.

2007

  • Described as “5 years ahead” of its time, Apple unveiled the iPhone, equipped with an inbuilt iPod and a multi-touch interface.
  • After just 74 days after its commercial launch, iPhone sales surpassed one million.
  • Cellhire China Rep office opened.

2008

  • Apple introduced the iPhone 3G, this was alongside the launch of the App Store on Apple devices.
  • The HTC Dream, the first commercially available smartphone running on Android, became available.
  • Cellhire Germany opened.

2009

  • Samsung released the first Galaxy phone with an Android OS, featuring a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB of storage.
  • 4G telecom solutions were launched.

2010

  • WhatsApp is launched as an alternative to SMS messaging, relying on WiFi enabled devices.
  • Apple launched FaceTime on the iPhone 4, a face to face video calling feature exclusively on iPhones.

2011

  • Apple unveiled Siri as a feature on the iPhone 4S, a voice activated personal assistant.

2012

  • Vismo, a subsidiary company of Cellhire was established.
  • Cellhire was the Telefonica O2 partner at the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Cellhire Russia opened.
  • Cellhire was awarded the ‘O2 Special Award for Innovation’.

2014

  • Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19.3 billion.
  • Apple announced Apple Pay as a feature on the iPhone 6, taking advantage of contactless payments.

2016

  • Google released its very first Google Assist Android Phone, The Google Pixel,  intended to rival the iPhone 7.
  • Wearable Smart technology such as the Apple Watch became increasingly popular.
  • Cellhire gained a record achievement at the Rio Olympics, providing more than 20,000 connections to athletes, sponsors and press.

 

2017

  • Apple is set to release the iPhone 8, rumored to have an edge to edge OLED screen.
  • Cellhire celebrates its 30th anniversary.