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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.

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NEW Israel MiFi Rental

Israel Data ProductsCellhire is now offering full coverage across its range of mobile solutions in Israel. Customers can now take advantage of both voice and data coverage when traveling to Israel thanks to Cellhire’s new Israel MiFi rental and Israel BlackBerry rentals as well as the traditional cell phone rental and SIM card rental products.

The Israel MiFi rental comes with a huge 10GB bundle, the equivalent of around 1,000,000 emails or 300,000 webpages so you would have to be extremely busy during your trip to go over your allowance and even if you do, there’s no charge for data used outside of the bundle*. This kind of bundle size offers both peace of mind and the ability for multiple users to share an internet connection; up to five users/devices can connect to the same internet connection when renting a MiFi device. Simply connect up to five devices over WiFi to the MiFi device and away you go. Cellhire international MiFi rentals are compatible with iPhones, smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Cellhire now also offers iPhone SIM card rental for Israel offering great call rates and a data bundle to get the most out of your iPhone when travelling. The Israel iPhone SIM card rental comes with a generous 3GB data bundle. BlackBerry rental for Israel is also on offer with great call rates and 3GB of inclusive data.

*Connection speed may be reduced once bundle limit is reached.

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Cellhire partners with major Russian network

The international mobile solutions specialist, Cellhire, has now partnered with another major network increasing its portfolio of telecoms solutions around the world. Cellhire has partnered with the Russian network MegaFon and increased its global presence and continued growth. Cellhire is further expanding in the region following the opening of its Russian office in 2012.

Cellhire Russia offers both corporate and consumer telecoms solutions to the region, including local support, with a product portfolio of local and international voice, data and smartphone solutions. Prepaid products are available for those traveling to and from Russia with competitive services offered for both Europe and the rest of the world.

Bogdanova Nadejda, Senior Development Manager of Small and Medium Business at Stolichny branch MegaFon says: “MegaFon is delighted to be partnering with Cellhire and working with them in the run up to a number of major sporting events taking place in Russia in 2013/14 and beyond. The unique offers we have with Cellhire have put us in an excellent position to maximize the inbound opportunities coming to our region in the near future.”

Cellhire, working with MegaFon, is now able to offer local communications to sports teams and media groups preparing for high profile events in the region, including the World Athletics Championships and the G20 Summit in 2013 and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

The unique agreement with MegaFon has enabled Cellhire to offer very competitive rates in the region whilst maintaining its high standards of customer service. Cellhire’s global customer base is now supported by its Moscow office, delivering unrivalled levels of international telecoms service for upcoming global events in the region and to multinationals based in Russia.

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Cellhire Offers Travel Scholarships to People to People Student Ambassadors

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Dallas, Texas USA. Cellhire has partnered with People to People Ambassador Programs, the leader in global educational travel experiences, to fund scholarships for grade and middle school students providing them with an international adventure.

Cellhire is the world leader in international mobile communications and has worked with People to People since 2008 providing mobile solutions for students traveling around the world.  The Company has also developed Vismo, a GPS tracking application for smartphones, which provides peace of mind to parents and security for students traveling the world.

Cellhire has donated $4,000 to the People to People Ambassadors Foundation to award scholarships to deserving students for unique programs that increase global awareness and foster an understanding of foreign cultures. This understanding is obtained through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities with the goal of creating global citizens and making the world a better place for future generations.

“This is a great collaboration between two companies that have a vested interest in keeping our students connected to home while traveling abroad”, says Ambassadors Foundation Director Ryan Oerlich.  “We are grateful to all companies that support and recognize the value of global education and educational travel for our US young people.”

Cellhire is also offering an additional $12,000 in Techno Teen scholarships along with equipment prizing to each winner.   The scholarship winners will share their overseas experiences with the world by becoming Techno Teen correspondents, providing real time journalistic updates from abroad.

Videographers will receive HD Flip Video Cameras, Photo Journalists will receive Sony Digital Cameras and Bloggers will receive Amazon HD Fire tablets.  Grand prize winners in each category will secure $2,000 scholarships toward their tuition and all winners will receive a state-of-the-art Vismo GPS International Phone.

Scholarships are awarded through a volunteer committee of both students and adults to review based upon the criteria outlined in the application online at AmbassadorsGiving.org.

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Cellhire secures partnership with French Special Olympics as they travel to South Korea

Cellhire has partnered with the French Special Olympics for their visit to Pyeong Chang, South Korea while they take part in the World Winter Games. Athletes will compete in snowshoeing, cross country skiing, alpine skiing and speed skating.

French Ski Team

Over 100 delegations from countries around the world have attended the World Winter Games and participated in the ceremonial parade of athletes in front of a capacity crowd, as they prepared for the Korean “Dream Chorus”, the culturally themed opening ceremony. Many national celebrities including Yuna Kim, Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutombo and others joined in the celebration. Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye, who will become Korea’s first female president, were in attendance to welcome the more than 2,300 athletes from around the world to the Republic of Korea.

Twenty two athletes, seven coaches and four technical officers from the French team flew out to Pyeong Chang, South Korea, to participate in the Games. Cellhire has supplied a local mobile solution for the team while they are in South Korea providing local, low cost call solutions for the event.

Fanny Lozé, Directrice Générale, Cellhire France says, “It is a privilege to work with such high profile organizations like the French Special Olympics. We have really focused on refining our athletics offering, continuing on from our great success at the London Olympics last year. We worked with the French Olympic Association during London 2012 and it’s testament to our service that we are seeing further business from those same organizations. Cellhire continues to work with sports and athletics teams and media from around the world and plans to build on its Olympic success having already agreed a deal with MegaFon in Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.”

Cellhire specialises in providing mobile communications equipment, call plans and data connections to organizations that are traveling the world for various events. It has delivered comprehensive service and support to athletics teams from around the world providing them with local solutions for sports events from one of Cellhire’s network partners around the world.

Cellhire has over 100 network partners around the world. Its telecoms offerings are truly global allowing Cellhire to meet the requirements of businesses, organizations and individuals traveling the world.

The World Winter Games runs from the 26th January until the 6th February in Pyeong Chang, South Korea.

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Cellhire’s Olympic success honoured by UK Carrier O2

Matt Bennett, Cellhire's UK Managing DirectorDuring the London 2012 Olympic Games, Cellhire provided O2 solutions for over 22,500 business customers for use throughout the Olympic and Paralympic events. The ‘Innovation Award’ was presented to Cellhire for their outstanding contribution to O2’s Olympic Strategy and the collaborative way that Cellhire worked with their organization and customers in the UK, Spain and throughout the world. It is the first time an award of this nature has been presented by O2 to one of its partners.

David Plumb, General Manager for Enterprise at Telefonica O2 UK says, “Working in collaboration with our partners is a key strategy within the O2 business channel. There is no better example of this than the outstanding way that Cellhire worked with Telefónica O2 over the summer. The feedback directly from customers showed that Cellhire remain the world leaders in the mobile rental market with outstanding customer service.”

Key customers involved in the overall success included:

  • Olympic Teams from Britain, USA, Canada, Holland, Brazil, France, Spain, Argentina, Slovakia, Australia and Japan teams.
  • Paralympic Teams from Britain, USA, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Slovakia.
  • Media customers from the BBC, BskyB, Reuters, Press Association, Xinhua, Bell, NBC and many more international TV and Radio journalists from USA, Canada, Germany, Spain,  Japan, China, Brazil, Australia and South Africa.
  • Many major Olympics sponsors such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Visa, BP, Adidas, Thomas Cook, BMW, Samsung, Dow, Lloyds TSB, Cadburys and BT.
  • Enterprise Companies such as Arriva, First Group, Transport for London, Co-op, Serco, BAA.

Matt Bennett, Cellhire’s UK Managing Director said, “The Olympics has dominated a large part of 2012 and whilst we are very pleased with the business outcome, as were our customers, it was a real privilege to be recognized by our network partner with an award for Innovation, the first award of its kind in O2’s history”.

Working in collaboration with the O2 team and using the O2 network, Cellhire was able to create a wide range of voice and data tariffs for clients, all supported by 24/7 customer service and technical support.

Cellhire also worked very closely with other parts of Telefonica and were able to provide solutions to Telefonica’s key customers in Spain, Germany, China, USA and South America.

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Olympic success for Cellhire Push To Talk

Mobile Tornado push-to-talk

Cellhire partnered with Mobile Tornado during the London 2012 Olympic Games, to provide an instant communications solution to the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

Cellhire provided a Push To Talk (PTT) mobile telecoms service that enabling LOCOG to keep in contact with their key teams for transport to the Olympic teams, Olympic Committee’s and IOC members as they traveled to and from venues throughout the UK. The technology allows the establishment of half-duplex voice links where one person speaks and the other person listens. The Push To Talk technology uses traditional mobile phone networks allowing instant two way conversations between individuals and groups at the touch of a button.

Using the O2 network, the Cellhire PTT service powered by Mobile Tornado was deployed to key members of LOCOG staff and enabled them to keep in constant contact. The ‘one-to-one’ and ‘one-to-many’ communications offered by Cellhire and Mobile Tornado worked flawlessly throughout the event, giving LOCOG staff on the ground an unprecedented level of communication. The PTT service was used at sailing events in Weymouth, the rowing in Eton Dorney and many other Olympic events throughout the UK, including nationwide football venues and the Olympic stadium in East London.

A spokesperson for LOCOG said, “The Cellhire Push-to-Talk product and the corresponding service levels provided by Cellhire during the London Olympics were of an excellent standard and helped contribute to the seamless running of the Games.”

Cellhire PTT is available on short term and long term contracts within the UK and globally as a full-service rental solution for major events and large-scale corporate use.