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Top 10 European Cities to Visit

Not sure on where to travel on vacation? Here are our ‘Top 10 European Cities’ that you should consider when traveling to Europe.

  1. London

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, London was sure to be on this list. Historical landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London offer an insight into the history of this great city and are a must-see for tourists.

    If you’re interested in culture then London is fantastic for both museums and art galleries. World famous destinations such as the British Museum, Tate Modern and the National Gallery offer a wide range of exhibitions and displays that are available for art enthusiasts travelling from all across the globe. Also, most of these museums are free and therefore are available to travelers on a budget.

    For those with sporting interests, London hosts Premier League football matches across the city as well as the prestigious Wimbledon Tennis Championships that take place annually, which is attended by the world’s most elite tennis stars.

    London offers the complete package for anyone that wishes to plan a European vacation. The huge selection of restaurants and endless variety of shops available, only add to the attraction of the city.

  2. Paris

    Commonly referred to as the city of love, Paris is especially popular with couples looking to enjoy a romantic trip to Europe. Sights such as the Eiffel tower and the Arc de Triomphe are some of the most famous monuments in Europe and are very popular with visitors travelling from abroad.

    Paris is often seen as a center for the world of art. Art museums across the city include the Louvre, which is home to the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece The Mona Lisa, as well as boasting other magnificent galleries such as Musee d’Orsay and the Centre Georges Pompidou.

    Both sports and cycling enthusiasts can take the opportunity to visit Paris for the finale of the tour de France, the spectacle always provides visitors with memories of the highly popular endurance race.

  3. Rome

    The eternal city is truly an essential part of any European trip. Rome boasts historical sites from the Roman Empire, such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon that offer a fantastic insight into what civilization was like during that time period. Rome tour packages are available including public transport and entry to popular tourist attractions, this offers a cost effective way of visiting the city.

    Italians are famous for their love of cuisine and citizens of Rome are certainly no exception. Restaurants and bars in Rome offer a wide range of traditional dishes and often can be purchased at a reasonable price. Be prepared though, in Italian culture meals are seen as a social event and are not to be rushed.

    Rome’s undeniable influence in architecture can be seen all over the city with magnificent churches and buildings on every street. Located within Rome is Vatican City, the small independent state that is home to the Pope. This attracts millions of people every year to view sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

  4. Barcelona

    Barcelona is well known as a city that has something for everyone. Located in the Catalan region of Spain and famed for its style, looks and energy, Barcelona is a tourist favorite. Travelers from abroad are highly expected to visit the magnificent Sagrada Familia church that started construction in 1882 and is still being built to this day.

    Home to the current UEFA Champions League side F.C Barcelona, a Camp Nou stadium tour is recommended for visitors even without a sporting interest in order to witness the resounding success the team has seen both in the past and the present. Catalonians are very passionate people and this can truly be seen during a game.

    After a busy period of touring around Europe’s wonderful cities, take a day to relax at one of the many Barcelona beaches that lie on the Mediterranean Sea and take advantage of the regions warm climate.

  5. Amsterdam

    Located in The Netherlands, the city of Amsterdam is a very appealing prospect to tourists due to its compact nature and relaxed culture.

    Strong artistic links exist within the city due to famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt living here. Their work can be seen in one of the many museums and a trip to the Rijksmuseum is a must for anyone visiting Amsterdam. Also, the Anne Frank Museum is a favorite for all tourists due to the horrifying events that happened there during the Second World War.

    Fancy a break? Visit one of the many café shops located in the city or take one of the famous picturesque Amsterdam canal cruise tours to see Amsterdam by boat.

  6. Istanbul

    Located on the Bosporus strait, Istanbul is commonly known as the gateway between Europe and Asia. The location of this city is one of the reasons why it is known as one of the great cities in the world.

    A trip to the old quarter offers an array of Turkish culture with magnificent buildings such as the Hagia Sophia, which is now open as a museum for tourists to stand in awe of the structure and explore the history of the building.

    In order to get a taste of what life really is like in the region it is worth paying a visit to the Grand Bazaar. This is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets and hosts over 3,000 shops.

    For a chance to see the European influenced side of the city, make sure you visit some of the Beyoğlu restaurants, hotels and bars.

  7. Reykjavik

    Unlike any of the other cities on this list, it is the surrounding area of the golden circle that is of particular interest to travelers. Iceland is a volcanic island that boasts an extraordinary landscape of waterfalls, glaciers and volcanos.

    Take an Iceland tour and take in all the fascinating views that are available, during your tour you may also be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. Even without a tour of the island, don’t be expecting the area around Reykjavik to be tame, as some of the most picturesque sites are located only a short distance away from the capital.

    After exploring the island, be sure to visit the famous Blue Lagoon Spa and indulge in the geothermal pools and natural beauty treatments that are available thanks to the island’s volcanic location.

  8. Florence

    Florence is famed for its artistic history and its rich culture due to Michelangelo and Botticelli living in the area as well as the city hosting the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, which shows models and designs made by the great Italian polymath.

    Throughout the city there are many quirky shops and quaint cafes for visitors to enjoy themselves. The region itself is very popular due to the fantastic range of quality wines and Italian cuisine that is offered.

    The city contains a wide selection of famous architecture and offers sites such as the gothic styled Florence Cathedral (Duomo) and the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, which are definitely worth visiting.

  9. Budapest

    Split by the river Danube, the beautiful city of Budapest consists of the historic Buda and the increasingly modern Pest side of town, hence ensuring something for everyone.

    Take a trip to the Turkish baths such as Széchenyi and bathe in the healing waters at one of the largest public baths in Europe. This is sure to keep you relaxed during your trip and is an essential part of visiting Hungary.

    Although prices have been continuously rising, Budapest is still a very inexpensive option compared to many of the cities in Western Europe. Great deals can be found in the hotels across the region; also food and drink come with respectable prices, even in the more luxurious districts.

    For the best sights in the city, walk to Castle Hill to witness the best views of magnificent buildings such as the Hungarian Parliament Building. Whether you’re interested in Opera, nightlife or historic architecture, you are sure to have an enjoyable visit to the Budapest.

  10. Prague

    Despite being the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is a city that many people around the world might not necessarily be aware of. The historical gothic city displays some of the finest buildings in the area, with the Old Town Square attracting tourists to the heart of the city to relax, take in the sights and to sample some of the world famous Czech beers.

    A trip to the Charles Bridge offers views over the city’s medieval landmarks and the stunning Prague Castle, which is believed to date back to the ninth century and is a symbol of gothic architecture in the area.

    Prague is a historic city that is full of culture and is recommended to tourists who would like to explore Europe further, alongside this you can benefit from the more affordable prices that the city has to offer.

To benefit from cheap SIM solutions when traveling in Europe, visit Cellhire to compare prices of using your phone in different European countries when using a European SIM card.

Cheap European data bundles are becoming more popular for travelers due to their ability to dramatically reduce European roaming charges. This service allows one SIM card to be used across the continent at a fraction of the price, an essential item for anyone looking to share pictures or keep in contact with family, friends and colleagues when traveling in Europe.

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What’s the difference between 3G, 4G and LTE?

When using data on your smartphone or tablet device you are likely to have heard of 3G, 4G and LTE. In basic terms, this describes how fast the internet will run over a wireless data connection.

4G LTE 3G Data

3G stands for “Third Generation” and originally enabled wireless devices to operate at speeds which made web browsing a more enjoyable experience. Whilst this gave users the ability to regularly use the internet when ‘on the go’, there were still issues regarding the time that it took to open certain web pages as well as struggling to meet the increased demand for wireless mobile internet.

4G or “Fourth Generation” technology has become increasingly popular all across the globe due to the fast data speeds available. This allows users to do far more than check emails and basic web browsing; 4G allows for music streaming, fast and reliable web browsing and the ability to use a device as a portable entertainment centre. Many new devices have the ability to operate on the 4G network and this number is set to continue rising due to the benefits of the 4G technology.

LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is a popular term used in North America to describe the journey of acquiring fast mobile data connections. Currently both 4G and LTE mobile technologies have similar connection speeds and both are substantially more advanced than devices that still operate on 3G.

SO WHAT’S IN THE FUTURE?

It is likely that in forthcoming years we will see a widespread increase in 4G/LTE network coverage due to the increased demand for faster mobile data connection speeds. Consumer habits have led to 3G technology rapidly becoming outdated, which is why more and more consumers feel the need to invest in 4G/LTE compatible devices.

As the need for data roaming increases, fast data bundles for worldwide and European data roaming are becoming more popular and dramatically reduce the cost of using internet abroad.

Following the rapidly advancing technological age that we live in, it would be wise to expect the development and introduction of 5G networks in the near future. This would be expected to transfer data at electrifying speeds and would offer large scale benefits to both consumers and society as a whole.

 

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Cellhire Strengthens Presence in Brazil

York, UK. Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has opened a new office in Sao Paulo to capitalise on the expanding Brazilian market and build a platform to serve its global customer base for the Olympics that Brazil will host in 2016. The event will be used as a springboard to further establish the new office and gain a strong domestic foothold for business after the Olympics.

Cellhire's Martyn Stevens
Cellhire’s Martyn Stevens

Last year Cellhire delivered over 14,000 connections at the FIFA World Cup as both business and media descended on Brazil for one of the biggest events in the world. Cellhire has laid the appropriate foundations to maximise Brazil’s next big event in 2016 and capitalise on the growing Brazilian market. Cellhire will be offering voice and data connections, supporting live reporting from Rio to news desks around the world.

Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development at Cellhire says “Our new office in Brazil is a fantastic opportunity for Cellhire to break into Latin America and build on the back of our success at the FIFA World Cup. We’re looking forward to Rio 2016 and we have our unique network agreements in place to really make the most of it and to get our latest office off to a great start.”

The Olympics kick off in Rio in August 2016 and Cellhire has already secured some major connection numbers for the event with some customers traveling out to Brazil as early as May 2016.

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Cellhire launches all new cellhire.com

This July saw the launch of the all new cellhire.com website, offering a new range of mobile products for customers travelling abroad from the US. The new product range focusses on offering a smaller but more flexible selection of voice and data solutions.

Cellhire.com now includes purchase products for voice allowing customers to choose from a phone and SIM or SIM-only solution which covers either international or European destinations. In a departure from the traditional Cellhire rental approach, customers now pay a single fee and keep their devices, SIM cards and numbers. There are no recurring charges and customers only receive a bill for calls when they are made.

The major new addition to the portfolio is  a prepaid data offer allowing customers to choose data bundle sizes ranging from 100MB to 1GB from as little as $29, with the additional option of adding a MiFi mobile hotspot device for only $59. Customers can buy data bundles to use in multiple zones around the world including 33 countries in Europe and two further zones, one adding key global destinations to the Europe package and the final zone covering most of the world’s key destinations.

New and existing Cellhire customers looking for rentals products can still find these products at cellhire.com/rentals where all of Cellhire’s classic rental products covering 100 specific countries around the world are still on offer. The Rentals site has also had a full revamp to reflect the new Cellhire style.

Visit cellhire.com now to see the great new product range and don’t forget to check out cellhire.com/rentals to see how we have improved the look of our rentals site.

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Cellhire makes HSBC Global Connections finalists

Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has been shortlisted along with 44 other regional finalists as part of the HSBC Global Connections competition.

Over the past three years, the HSBC Global Connections Competition has sent 138 dynamic businesses to International Exchanges in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets and awarded access to over £3bn in funding. This year the field was widened to take in companies with a turnover of up to £100m.

The 45 Regional Finalists in the competition represent businesses across the UK which show the innovation, distinctiveness and strategic thinking that makes them future global players. The 45 finalists will progress to the regional finals in June and face a panel of judges who will whittle the list down to select National Finalists before the overall winners for 2014 are decided.

Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted out of so many businesses across the UK. HSBC’s recognition of our progress expanding globally is greatly appreciated and I am very much looking forward to June.”

The next 12 months will see Cellhire supply competing teams, key sponsors and the worlds’ media with telecoms as they attend the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Recent successes for the business have included delivering over 15,000 connections at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Cellhire plans to continue expanding its existing business portfolio internationally, particularly in BRIC economies.

For more information on the HSBC Global Connections competition, visit the HSBC website at: https://globalconnections.hsbc.com/united-kingdom/en/

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Cellhire to supply Cannes Marché du Film 2014

Cannes SIM CardMay 2014 will see the 67th Festival de Cannes and Cellhire will again be the official supplier of the Marché du Film for the 14th consecutive year. Throughout the festival critics, producers, distributors, film crews and stars will be able to keep in touch and stay online thanks to Cellhire’s portfolio of voice and data solutions specifically designed for festival attendees. Smartphones, mobile WiFi routers and SIM only products are among those on offer at the event.

Through a unique agreement with Orange France, Cellhire is able to offer 4G service and excellent coverage in Cannes and across France. The company will also be supporting its customers at the event itself with a team of Cellhire specialists on site at the Palais des Festivals venue. Offering on-site support allows Cellhire to maintain its signature high levels of customer service and gives attendees the option to collect and return their equipment at the main Festival venue.

Cellhire’s Aymeric Bouffard, Managing Director of Americas and Mainland Europe said “We are delighted to be supporting the Festival de Cannes for another year. Our partnerships with Marché du Film and Orange France have enabled us to offer some of our fastest products yet to more customers than ever before.”

Cellhire is offering 4G data speeds of up to 150Mb/s for the first time at Cannes. The choice of 3G and 4G data speeds are on offer for all attendees, both are available with mobile WiFi hotspot devices to share the connection between multiple devices on the go.

Cellhire is also behind the Cinando iPhone app, giving Marché du Film participants access to the film industry at their fingertips.

Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of Marché du Film commented “Cellhire has developed a wonderful mobile app that is quick, clear and makes great use of the iPhone user interface, helping us bring the power of the Cinando database to our members at film festivals and markets throughout the year”.

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Cellhire breaks the ice in Sochi

Cellhire, the international mobile communications specialist, has committed significant resource over the last two years to break into the Russian market in preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Milestones have included opening a Moscow office in September 2012 and establishing partnerships for delivering products and services within Russia.

Around 15,000 connections have been delivered by Cellhire for the Winter Olympics through their partnership with MegaFon, the Russian mobile network. Leading media companies from around the world and numerous Olympic organizations have been using Cellhire’s products and services on location from as early as August 2013 as they geared up for the Games. Cellhire has successfully worked with MegaFon at other major events in Russia as recently as the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in 2013.

A Russian presence for the company has been critical to achieving success in Sochi and enables the business to capitalize on the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Tim Williams, Chairman and CEO of Cellhire said, ‘Our record year at the London Olympics working with key sponsors, Olympic organizations and some of the world’s biggest media corporations has given us great momentum to build on at events outside of the UK. We are delighted with our success in Sochi and our progress in Russia over the past 18 months.’

Cellhire’s unique agreement with MegaFon has enabled the company to offer English voicemail services and 4G coverage in Sochi. No other Russian networks will be offering these services making Cellhire’s mobile offers some of the best and fastest available at the Games.

Commenting on the Cellhire and MegaFon partnership, Bogdanova Nadejda, Senior Development Manager of Small and Medium Business at MegaFon said: “The unique offers we have with Cellhire have put us in an excellent position to maximise the inbound opportunities coming to our region in the near future.”

Cellhire is offering both voice and data connections in Sochi, supporting live reporting from the event to news desks around the world.

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Cellhire FD makes the cut

Tim Taylor, Cellhire’s Finance and Operations Director, has been named as one of the top 20 in the country at a BDO event held at the Haymarket Hotel in London on the 4th December.

The event, hosted by the accountancy network BDO, was celebrating it’s Hot 20 FD’s in the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector and saw 70 financial officers from across the UK nominated for the top 20 accolade. Tim was described as a ‘hands on FD who thrives on challenges’.

More information can be found on the BDO website:

http://www.bdo.co.uk/sectors/technology-media-and-telecoms/hot-20-fds-in-tmt

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Only MegaFon (and Cellhire) have mobile data in Sochi

Sochi 2014Cellhire’s partnership with MegaFon means that only domestic MegaFon customers and international customers of Cellhire will have access to mobile data and 4G in Sochi.

Subscribers to other mobile operators connecting to the MegaFon network will only be able to use voice services and SMS-messages while data services, including 4G, will be available only to MegaFon customers.

Mobile Data services in Sochi will not be available to subscribers of other mobile operators who manually choose the MegaFon network on their mobile devices during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said Tigran Poghosyan, the head of the Sochi 2014 project.

According to Mr. Poghosyan, voice services and SMS-messages will be available to the subscribers of other mobile operators who will connect to the MegaFon network, while data transmission services, including 4G, will be available only to MegaFon subscribers.

Digit.ru previously reported that MegaFon and Rostelecom signed a sponsorship contract with the Olympic Games in Sochi back in 2009, for a cost of 130 million dollars each. The operators have also invested another $100 million in the infrastructure of the region.

As of December 2012, MegaFon has opened up its infrastructure in Sochi to other operators that require coverage at the Winter Games. In order to connect to the MegaFon network, users will need to manually select the MegaFon network on their mobile device, or purchase MegaFon SIM-card.

The head of the Sochi 2014 project pointed out that other network operators present in Sochi signed an inter-operator agreement, which insures that while using the MegaFon network, subscribers of another operator will be charged prices consistent with their tariff plan.

Currently the Sochi Branch of MegaFon comprises 685 standard 2G/3G base stations, about 270 4G base stations and 15 movable mobile stations. The number of MegaFon subscribers in the region amounts to more than 300,000 people.

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Cellhire European Cell Phone Rental


Cellhire offers blanket coverage across Europe with a unique European SIM card designed to save you money. Customers can take advantage of one phone, one number and one rate anywhere in Europe.  Cellhire’s European cell phone is specifically designed for low cost calls across Europe and offers calls back to the US from only $0.75 per minute, a saving of 40% compared to roaming with major US carriers. The European cell phone boasts of FREE incoming calls while in the UK and reduced call rates.

With 10.8 million Americans visiting Europe in 2012 the European cell phone places Cellhire ahead of traditional European roaming from US carriers. With the European cell phone call rates are as much as 100% cheaper than US carriers.

The Cellhire European cell phone arrives fully tested, charged and ready for use. With the added benefit of 24 hour global support, the European cell phone is the essential solution for any traveller.

Looking for Data? Cellhire’s European MiFi travel router now includes a huge 1 GB data bundle. The ultra-compact MiFi device allows multiple devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones and iPhones a shared high speed data connection throughout Europe. For only $59 per month Cellhire’s European MiFi is more cost effective than the equivalent prepaid data solution.